WOMEN'S SOCCER (PRE-SEASON)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014
TWU SPARTANS (0) at SEATTLE UNIVERSITY REDHAWKS (2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS DROP SECOND OF PRESEASON
SEATTLE – The Trinity Western University women's soccer team lost to the Seattle University Redhawks 2-0 in an 80 minute match Saturday evening at Championship field in Seattle. The loss drops the Spartans to 0-2 in preseason play against NCAA Div. 1 schools.
The home squad opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Kiana Kraft converted a cross from Stephanie Verdoia to give the Redhawks a 1-0 lead. The goal would be the lone marker of the first half.
The Spartans had pressure for the equalizer late in the opening frame, but Seina Kashima's shot in the 39th minute was blocked and Jessica Kings shot in the 40th minute was deflected by Seattle keeper Brianna Smallidge. TWU was unable to convert the ensuing corner kick from Isabella Di Trocchio.
Less than a minute into the second frame Seattle got the insurance goal when Julia Moravec headed a cross from Verdoia to make the score 2-0 in the 41st minute.
TWU's third year keeper Christina Oliverio and rookie keeper Sophia Traxler split the goal tending duties in the shortened match for the Spartans, while Seattle's backstopping was split between Brianna Smallidge (40 mins), Aris Coover (25 mins) and Abby Bouck (15 mins).
Seattle had the edge over Trinity Western in most offensive categories. The Redhawks had a 12-3 edge in shots, and a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
Next up for the Spartans is a trip to California where they will play Biola on August 18, Westmont on August 19 and Azusa Pacific on August 22 before returning home. TWU's lone home preseason match is on August 27 when they will host NCAA Div. II Western Washington University.
Match Notes: Seattle is the defending Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season and tournament champions, while TWU is the defending CIS national champions…