PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Trinity Western's Caleb Johnson (Calgary) had a goal and an assist, including the game-winner to lead the Spartans to a 2-1 win over UNBC Saturday.
Trailing by a goal, TWU's Matthew Roxburgh (Langley, B.C.) evened the match in the 68th minute before Johnson converted on a penalty kick less than two minutes later. A day after missing a penalty in a 3-3 tie with the Timberwolves, Johnson made good on his second chance of the weekend, burying the winning goal in the 70th minute.
The Spartans (2-1-2) were the better side from start to finish as they had a 20-2 edge in shots, forcing UNBC goalie Rob Goodey to make 10 saves. TWU's Sebastian Colyn (Langley) only faced one shot on target.
Scoring for the Timberwolves (0-1-2) was Conrad Rowlands in the 37th minute.
It was the home side that struck first, when Rowlands buried a gorgeous header off a corner kick from Francesco Bartolillo. At halftime, the Spartans were outshooting the TWolves 7-1.
The second half was more of the same through the first twenty minutes. The Spartans controlled much of the possession and had a number of chances, but Goodey was up to the task.
At the 67th minute mark, the visitors got the break they were seeking. A set play off a corner kick found the head of Roxburgh who beat a stretched-out Goodey to knot the game at one apiece.
Just two minutes later, after a handball violation was called in the Timberwolves box, Johnson was awarded a penalty kick. He patiently put the ball just inside the right post, giving the Spartans their first lead of the match. It was the third penalty kick Goodey faced in as many games to open the season.
TWU Head Coach Mike Shearon
"It was a good game tonight. After the disappointment of last night, the boys came out and tried to put in a resilient effort today. We went down and while we had a lot of shots, nothing was really going in for us. Then, we got Caleb Johnson having an assist and the PK goal and I was really proud of Cujo for his courage to take the PK after his miss yesterday. We talked about how our seasons are about rebounding and learning from our mistakes and we saw that tonight.
"I thought Joel Waterman (Aldergrove, B.C.) also had a really good game. The guys fought hard and we kept possession well. UNBC did well to try to stop what we do and over 70 minutes, they did that. In the end, I'm proud we got the result and that we're able to leave here on a good note and build towards our trip to Alberta."
• TWU had an 11-3 edge in corner kicks.
• Johnson has scored two goals this year from the penalty spot after also scoring against Victoria in TWU's home-opener.
• Last year, the Spartans drew UNBC twice, playing to 0-0 and 2-2 results at TWU's Chase Office Field.
• The last time TWU played in Prince George, in 2016-17, the Spartans earned 2-1 and 2-0 wins.
The Spartans are back on the road next weekend when they will play MacEwan Saturday (11 a.m. PT) and Lethbridge Sunday (1:15 p.m. PT).