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Scheduled Game: British Columbia - Keg Spring Cup (Victoria)

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Game Recap

WOMEN’S SOCCER (KEG CUP)
SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013
TRINITY WESTERN (2) AT BRITISH COLUMBIA (1)

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SPARTANS RALLY PAST THUNDERBIRDS

VICTORIA, British Columbia – The Trinity Western University women’s soccer squad had a slow start, but they were able to rally with two second half markers to defeat the University of British Columbia 2-1 at Centennial Stadium on the campus of the University of Victoria on a beautiful sunny spring afternoon.

“We started poorly and credit to UBC as they took advantage of their opportunity. We possessed the ball in the first half but did not generate chances and were a little lackluster,” commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. “In the second half we had more possession generated more offence and had a lot more movement. I’m pleased, even though we weren’t very sharp; it is spring and still early. It was a good run for a lot of our players and for some it was their first meaningful CIS competition, which was good.”

The annual Keg Spring Cup kicked off with two western powerhouses stacked with CIS talent. The defending CIS national women's soccer champions, the Trinity Western Spartans, showcased several familiar faces who were recognized at Centennial Stadium only four months ago including CIS All-Canadians Colleen Webber, Krista Gommeringer and Natalie Boyd.

For the T-Birds, who missed out on CIS championship qualification in 2012, familiar faces in Canada West Player of the Year Janine Frazao and Canada West all-stars Alicia Penev and Rachel Sawer all made appearances.

UBC striker Taryn Lim notched the lone first-half goal, as she headed in a cross from the left side that came from Frazao. The Spartans trailed the rest of the half despite out-shooting the T-Birds 4-2.

Late in the half, Trinity Western turned on their offence with shots from Webber, Boyd and a close chance for Gommeringer. The Spartans were unable to capitalize, leaving UBC keeper Leah Peric with the clean slate at the break.

In the 47th minute, second-year defender Kovacs got Trinity Western on the board as her blast from the top of the 18-yard-box got the scoreline squared at one. In the 77th minute, Boyd had a well-struck, long-range shot that just skimmed the top of the cross bar to keep the game tied.

The Spartans finally found their go-ahead goal when Gommeringer tapped a ball from inside the box splitting the UBC defence for Caitlin Haines to slide into the net to lift Trinity Western up 2-1, which would stand as the final score.

TWU’s Bailey Williams-Kapels played the full ninety in net for the Spartans to earn the win, while Leah Peric back stopped the Thunderbirds.

The Spartans will now play the winner of today’s Victoria Vikes - Alberta Pandas match in tomorrow’s Keg Spring Cup final. Match time is set for 2 p.m. at Centennial Stadium.

SCORING SUMMARY
TWU: 0 - 2 : 2
UBC: 1 - 0 : 1

GOAL SCORERS
TWU: Vanessa Kovacs (47'), Caitlin Haines (84')
UBC: Taryn Lim (7')

FULL SCHEDULE:

Saturday March 23
10 a.m. - WOMEN - UBC (1) vs. Trinity Western (2)
12 p.m. - MEN - UBC vs. Trinity Western
2 p.m. - WOMEN - UVic vs. Alberta
4 p.m. - MEN - UVic vs. Fraser Valley

Sunday March 24
10 a.m. - WOMEN - Third-Place Game
12 p.m. - MEN - Third Place Game
2 p.m. - WOMEN - Final
4 p.m. - MEN - Final

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