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KING TALLIES HAT TRICK TO LEAD TWU TO WIN

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western's Jessica King (Liverpool, England) notched the first ever hat-trick of her university career as she led the No. 3 Spartans to a 5-2 win over UBC Okanagan Friday at Rogers Field.

King opened the scoring in the fourth minute and then tallied again the 40th minute and the 51st to help the Spartans improve to 4-0-1 on the season. Having scored TWU's third goal of the game, the Spartans leading goal scorer – she has eight on the season in just five games – has now scored the game-winning goal in all four of TWU's wins.

Krista Gommeringer (Calgary), in the sixth minute, and Vanessa Kovacs (North Delta, B.C.), in the 87th minute, were the Spartans other goal-scorers with both notching their first markers of the season, while UBCO's Courtney Hemmerling (10th minute) and Caitlin Murchie (49th minute) responded for the Heat.

Christina Oliverio made three saves to earn the win for TWU while UBCO's Christine Tallon made one save in the loss.

The win gives TWU the season sweep of UBCO, having knocked off the Heat 5-1 on the road two weeks ago. The Heat still remain in search of its first win in the CIS, having dropped to 0-4-3 on the season.

"There were a lot of positives and we scored some really nice goals," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "I thought our passing was really good and Jess King tonight was the best I've seen her this year and obviously had lots of energy and did tons of running and lots of attacking flare. Kovacs was industrious and Ally Oliverio (Calgary) came in and gave us some really positive minutes and Jenna (Di Nunzio, North Delta) was excellent as well.

"I'm really pleased but we need to eliminate some mistakes and we're going to have to shore up some things defensively."

Unlike the last time these two teams played, when they were tied 0-0 at halftime, the Spartans came out of the gate flying and were up 2-0 before the game was six minutes old.

King opened the scoring inside the first two minutes and then Gommeringer slipped a nifty shot under Tallon just past the five minute mark for the Spartans striker's first of the season. First-year Spartan Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) assisted on both goals.

The Heat responded just a few minutes later when Courtney Hemmerling chipped Spartans goalie Christina Oliverio to get UBCO back within one just before the 10-minute mark. The goal seemed to spark the Heat as they pushed hard for the equaliser.

However, the Spartans held the Heat at bay and, in the 40th minute, King turned the tides back in TWU's favour with her second of the night.

Early in the second half, UBCO once again got back within one goal, when Caitlin Murchie scored her first as a member of the Heat to make it a 3-2 game in the 49th minute.

But once again King responded, scoring just over two minutes later to reestablish TWU's two-goal lead and put UBCO away for good.

Kovacs rounded out the scoring in the 87th minute when she put her first of the year in off the crossbar.

The Spartans are back on the pitch Saturday when they will take on Thompson Rivers at 5 p.m. at Rogers Field.

Game Notes: Neither team were shown cards…the Spartans had eight corners while UBCO didn't garner a single corner.

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