VICTORIA – Trinity Western played to a 2-2 tie through 90 minutes against UBC, but lost 5-4 in penalties in the semifinals of the 33rd annual Keg Spring Cup Saturday at Centennial Stadium.
The Spartans battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, but were forced into Sunday's consolation final after losing in the penalty kick shootout.
Cody Fransen (Lynden, Wash.) and Jacob Low (Port Moody, B.C.) scored for the Spartans.
The Spartans will play in Sunday's consolation final at 12 p.m. (PT).
UBC opened the scoring inside the first five minutes, but Fransen's goal late in the opening half put the teams on equal footing at the break.
Another early second-half goal from the T-Birds put the Spartans behind again, but Low's marker forced the game beyond regulation.
The loss was the exact same result as their 2018 semifinal meeting, when UBC also won on penalties after playing the Spartans to a 2-2 tie through 90 minutes. TWU went on to tie for third in last year's tournament after playing to a 1-1 draw with Fraser Valley in the consolation final.
Mike Shearon – TWU Head Coach
"Overall, it was a good game and I'm pleased with the performance. We played a pretty good UBC team, especially with a lot of their attacking players available to them. We did a lot of the things that we talked about before the game. Obviously we're disappointed that we lost in the shootout, but in the end, it was probably a fair result for how the game went.
"We're still building towards the fall and today was a good building block. A lot of guys got some of their first minutes of the season for us today and some guys got to play a lot more than they did in the fall. It was a good test for a lot of our younger and inexperienced players who haven't had chances in the past."