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Game Recap

Women’s Soccer (Canada West)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
TWU Spartans (1) at the University of Alberta Pandas (0)

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DuMerton’s Goal Stands as Difference

EDMONTON
– Trinity Western University forward Dana DuMerton (3rd year, forward, Abbotsford, B.C.) scored the lone goal of the match as the fifth ranked Spartans got back to their winning ways with a 1-0 win over the University of Edmonton Pandas, Saturday afternoon at Foote Field in Edmonton.

“It was a good battle with both teams had good chances. Alberta is a good team and this is always a tough place to win so I’m very please to be leaving with a win,” said TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. “We played with more urgency and were able to put a lot of pressure on their back line. Alberta’s keeper [Baldwin] was probably the player of the game for them.”

The fifth ranked Spartans started strong. They were in the Pandas end of the field on a consistent basis, recording three corner kicks. TWU forward, Carlee O’Brien (5th year, Nanaimo, B.C.) nearly put the visitors up in the 15th minute, but Alberta keeper Alecia Baldwin (Edmonton) was able to stop Canada West’s leading scorer.

In the 33rd minute Alberta nearly got on the board when Pandas’ midfielder Laura Matemisz (Edmonton) headed a Janelle Janis (Edmonton) cross just over the bar from inside the 18 yard box.

The rain slicked grass leveled the playing field and forced both teams to play chase with the ball as it skipped and slid on the grass as well as over, around and out of reach of the players.  The streaking ball finally bounced the Spartans way in the first minute of injury time of the first half, when O’Brien ran onto another through ball in the middle of the field, side-stepped Baldwin in the 18-yard box and knocked the ball towards the empty net.  However, Alberta defenders, Veronique Mayer-Paradis (Edmonton) and Lisa Annicchiarico (Edmonton) slid along the goal-line and stopped the ball but Spartan Dana DuMerton was following up on the play and managed to step over the players and poke the loose ball in the still vacated Alberta goal for the game’s lone goal.

Alberta continued to press in the second half but the Spartan defence was smothering, always allowing the Pandas access into their half, but never breaking to the point of a quality chance against.  The two teams combined for another four shots on goal before the final whistle sounded and a 1-0 win for Trinity Western. “Veronika [Rogina] had a very solid game for us and did well in some tight situations,” said Roxburgh. “Our back four played extremely well today and Christine Walker (2nd year, defender, White Rock, B.C.) gave us a great spark of the bench.”

TWU’s keeper Veronika Rogina (2nd year, Surrey, B.C.) made six saves in the win, while Alberta’s Baldwin made seven saves in the loss.

The win improves TWU to 4-1 and drops Alberta to 1-4.  The Spartans will complete their road trip with a date with the Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon (2-2-1) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Pandas will suit up again tomorrow afternoon as they host the University College of the Fraser Valley Cascades (2-2).
 
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