VANCOUVER – Trinity Western's men's soccer team lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision against UBC, only surrendering a penalty kick goal, Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium.
After putting up five goals in a 5-1 win over Victoria to open the season Friday, the Spartans (1-1) were held off the scoreboard against the Thunderbirds (2-0) and a 55th-minute goal from Kyle Sohi was the difference.
The T-Birds Zach Verhoven was taken down in the Spartans box and Sohi put his attempt just past TWU first-year keeper Sebastian Colyn (Langley, B.C.), capitalizing on one of very few chances for either side in the contest.
The Spartans best opportunity to equalize came in the 87th minute, with Aidan Moore (Langley) racing in off the left wing and putting a ball into the box towards Vito Poletto (Calgary), but a UBC defender slid in to clear the ball, snuffing out the opportunity.
Poletto went down in the UBC box just before the final whistle, but the referee allowed play to carry on.
In a relatively uneventful contest, the Spartans were held to just one shot on T-Birds keeper Chad Bush. UBC was only marginally better, with three shots on goal.
Colyn finished with two saves.
TWU is back in action Sept. 1-2 when the Spartans host UNBC on back-to-back nights to open their home schedule. Kickoff for both matches is at 7:15 p.m. (PT) at Chase Office Field on the TWU campus. Both games will be streamed live at www.canadawest.tv.
Game Notes: TWU was playing without injured midfielder Joel Waterman (Aldergrove, B.C.) as well as defender Vaggeli Boucas (Langley, B.C.)…the Spartans had a draw and a loss in their two regular season games against UBC last year…TWU opened their regular season with a 5-1 win over Victoria Friday...the Spartans play their next six games at home.