WOMEN’S SOCCER RETURNS HOME LOOKING TO REMAIN UNBEATEN

WOMEN’S SOCCER
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
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WOMEN’S SOCCER RETURNS HOME LOOKING TO REMAIN UNBEATEN
 
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Coming off a Canada West bye week, the No. 3 Trinity Western women’s soccer team returns home to host UBC Okanagan Friday and Thompson Rivers Saturday at Rogers Field.

The weekend’s tilts mark the back half of a home-and-home series with both the Heat and the WolfPack, which started two weeks ago in the Okanagan.

The Spartans won both, beating TRU 3-1 and UBCO 5-1. This weekend, the Spartans will be looking to complete the series sweep with both sides.

Both games start at 5 p.m. and can be seen at www.twu.canadawest.tv.  

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (3-0-1)
CIS ranking: No. 3
Pacific Division Standings: 2nd (tied)
Last weekend: Bye Week
Streak: 2 wins
2013 Canada West record: 8-1-3, 3rd (tied)
2013 Canada West tournament: 2-1, 2nd
2013 CIS tournament: 3-0, 1st

After a week off, TWU returns to Canada West play looking to maintain its early season unbeaten record.

Both games this weekend feature a rematch from two weekends ago and, with both UBCO and TRU making their first ever regular season trips to Rogers Field, the Spartans are hoping to duplicate their winning efforts Friday and Saturday nights.

KING OF THE RING
Early on this season, Jessica King has quickly become a prominent in the TWU lineup as the English midfielder/striker has twice been named one of the Canada West three stars of the week and has been a clutch goal-scorer for the Spartans. King has a team-high five goals through four games and is tied for second in the conference. She has also scored the game-winning goal in each of the Spartans three victories. In TWU’s lone tie, King notched the Spartans only goal, equalizing in the latter stages of the second half against Victoria.  

GOALS APLENTY
Thanks in large part to King’s efforts, the Spartans lead Canada West in goals per game, averaging 2.8 through their first four contests. First-year striker Seina Kashima has also been a key factor in the TWU goal-scoring barrage as she has already tallied three goals and has consistently shown to be an offensive threat.

BACK ON HOME SOIL
The Spartans opened with three of their first four games of the season on the road and will play their final game of the season away from home. That means, five of TWU’s next seven games are at Rogers Field. The Spartans have typically been a dominant home side and the goal for TWU is to have home field advantage for the playoffs. To do that, the Spartans will likely have to collect all six points this weekend.

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (0-3-3)
CIS ranking: NR
Pacific Division Standings: 5th
Last weekend: Victoria 1-0 L, UBC 1-1 T
Streak: 1 tie
2013 Canada West record: N/A
2013 Canada West tournament: N/A
2013 CIS tournament: N/A

This will be UBC Okanagan’s first ever regular season trip to TWU and Heat will do so in search of its first win since joining the CIS this fall.

However, while the Heat is still without a victory this season, there’s no question UBCO has been largely been competitive in every game it’s played. This weekend will provide a true test as the Heat take on the challenge of playing the two-time defending national champion Spartans on the road.

OH SO CLOSE
For the Heat, a win simply can’t be far away. Through six games, UBCO has three ties and three losses and in those losses, the only blowout was a 5-1 setback at the hands of the Spartans. Most recently the Heat put together a weekend that included a 1-0 loss to No. 9 Victoria and a 1-1 tie with UBC. A win against TWU this Friday would certainly be a benchmark victory for UBCO on a variety of levels.

KEEPING CHRISTINE BUSY
Heat goalkeeper Christine Tallon is quickly becoming a recognizable name in Canada West as she has been the busiest of all netminders thus far, having already made a league-high 49 saves in six outings. Tallon’s .845 save percentage also has her fourth amongst goalies who have played more than two games. The fifth-year keeper helped the Heat to a PacWest bronze medal last year and, over the past two seasons with UBCO, she earned 10 shutouts in 18 games.

HAYLEY PLAYING HERO
Hayley Carlson entered the CIS as a three-time CCAA Academic All Canadian defender and has been a key piece in the Heat’s relative success. She has scored two of UBCO’s three goals and has been an inspiring catalyst in a variety of capacities for the Heat.

THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK (0-4-0)
CIS ranking: NR
Pacific Division Standings: 7th
Last weekend: UBC L 4-0, Victoria L 1-0
Streak: 4 losses
2013 Canada West record: N/A
2013 Canada West tournament: N/A
2013 CIS tournament: N/A

The WolfPack entered Canada West as the three-time defending PacWest champions and has been one of the strongest college programs in the country over the last five years.

However, the schedule maker sent the WolfPack off to run through the toughest gauntlet in Canada West, forcing TRU to play UBC, Victoria, UFV and TWU.

It doesn’t get any easier over their next four games as TRU now has to play those same four teams on the road, starting this weekend with UFV Friday and TWU Saturday.

GETTING CLOSE
Having kept a core group of returning veterans from last year’s PacWest championship side, the WolfPack has experience and has proven its not far away from its first victory. Other than a 4-0 loss to UBC, TRU has hung with the Spartans, Vikes and Cascades. Against UFV, the WolfPack held a 1-0 lead until the 75th minute, but two Cascades goals in two minutes changed the complexion of the contest. Now, the challenge will be to duplicate those efforts on the road as TRU seeks that first CIS win.

SCORING WOES
The WolfPack needs to find a way to score goals. Through four games, TRU has tallied just two markers and is coming off a weekend in which it was shutout in back-to-back outings. Kelsey Martin and Marlie Rittinger are the only WolfPack players who have found the back of the net so far this season.

FIND THE CORNER
It’s a product of not having possession, but the WolfPack’s lack of corner kicks is a telling sign of TRU’s true form. Against UFV, the WolfPack managed four corner kicks, but against TWU, UBC and Victoria, it collected a combined two.

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Last Updated: 2014-09-25
Author: Mark Janzen