WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014
WESTERN WASHINGTON (3) TRINITY WESTERN (2)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VIKINGS BEST SPARTANS WITH PAIR OF LATE GOALS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Playing in its final game of its 2014 preseason schedule, the Trinity Western women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision against Western Washington Wednesday at Rogers Field.
The Spartans Isabella Di Trocchio (Burnaby, B.C.) scored in the 73rd minute to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead, but the Vikings rallied shortly thereafter with two goals inside the next four minutes to put the visitors ahead for good.
After WWU's Becca Cates scored in the 75th minute with a shot that snuck inside the right post, Elise Aylward tallied the winner just over a minute later. From 40 yards out, Aylward looped a shot over the head of Spartans goalie Sophie Traxler (Calgary) and found the back of the net. Traxler got a hand to it but not enough to keep it out
In the first half, TWU's Jessica King (Liverpool, England) and the Vikings Caitlyn Jobanek each tallied to send the teams to the locker room tied 1-1.
The Spartans (1-5) outshot the Vikings (2-0) 19-8 and had a 12-6 edge in shots on goal.
"Anytime you go up 2-1 and then give away two soft goals, there's a feeling of disappointment," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "But we can take a lot of positives out of this game. I thought we combined and passed the ball better than we have so far in the preseason. I thought a couple of kids raised their games and showed that they can play at this level.
"Beyond some of the play of our younger kids, I also was particularly impressed with Vanessa Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.) as well as (Alessandra) Oliverio (Calgary). I thought both stood out tonight."
Less than four minutes into the first half, Jobanek opened the scoring when her shot from the left side of the box sailed into the top right corner, past Traxler. But 20 minutes later, King tied the contest. The Spartans Jenna Di Nunzio (North Delta, B.C.) sent a cross in from the right flank and King knocked it past Vikings goalie Ashley Haden.
In the second half, the Spartans Di Trocchio put TWU ahead when she took a nifty through ball from King, stepped to her left and, from the top of the box, whipped a shot in to the low right corner. Vikings goalie Alyssa Treptow, who came on as a second half substitute, could only get a finger on it.
However, with the next three minutes, the Vikings went ahead for good.
Cates equalised with a quick shot from 20 yards out and then Aylward took advantage of a Spartans defensive miscue to give WWU a 3-2 edge.
The Spartans best chance to get back on even terms late saw King blast a 25-yard free kick over the wall and towards the left corner, but a diving Treptow stymied the opportunity.
"We weren't very clinical on the top of the 18, but I can't fault the effort and I can't fault the commitment to being physical," Roxburgh said. "Western Washington is a good team and they're physical and I thought we matched their physicality."
The Spartans will now prepare for their Canada West season-opening weekend when they host Fraser Valley Sept. 5 and Victoria Sept. 6.
Game Notes: Attendance at Rogers Field was 180…TWU had 14 fouls to WWU's 13.