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SPARTANS WELCOME WOLFPACK SOCCER TO CANADA WEST

SPARTANS WELCOME WOLFPACK SOCCER TO CANADA WEST

WOMEN'S SOCCER (CANADAWEST)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
TWU SPARTANS (3) AT THOMPSON RIVERS (1) 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

SPARTANS WELCOME WOLFPACK SOCCER TO CANADA WEST 

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia – For the third straight match Trinity Western University fifth year midfielder Jessica King (Liverpool, England) has scored as she help the No. 2 Spartans to a 3-1 win over the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Friday night in Kamloops, B.C. The game winner by King keeps the Spartans unbeaten at 2-0-1, while the loss drops the WolfPack to 0-1 in their Canada West conference opener. 

"After a slow start we generated a lot of chances, but we just couldn't find the finishing touch," commented TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. "In the second half we a maintained possession and controlled much of the play. Unfortunately we had a penalty called against us, but tonight was a good team win with a number of solid performances."

TRU's Emily Edmundson kept the game close by making 11 saves for the WolfPack, while TWU's third year keeper Christina Oliverio (Calgary) made two saves to earn the victory for the Spartans. 

The Spartans controlled the play over the WolfPack, who are in their first season of Canada West play, for the entire match. TWU finished the 90 minutes outshooting TRU 28-4, with a 14-3 edge in shots on goal and a 13-1 edge in corner kicks. 

TWU rookie forward Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) opened the goal scoring in the 25th minute, with King following up in the 31st to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half. 

Marlie Rittinger made things interesting in the second half as she got the WolfPacks first Canada West goal off of a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

The Spartans fifth year midfielder Jenna Di Nunzio (North Delta, B.C.) got the cushion back for TWU in the 76th minute, when her shot from distance squeaked through the hands of TRU's Edmundon. 

Trinity Western would maintain possession for much of the remainder of the match to make the final 3-1 for the Spartans. 

The Spartans will now head to Kelowna, B.C. to take on the UBC-O Heat tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. PST.

Match Notes: the WolfPack played last season in the Pacific Division of the BCCAA, and won a CCAA bronze medal in 2013…UBC-O lost to UFV 2-0 tonight in Kelowna…

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