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OLIVERIO SCORES ON PENALTY TO LIFT SPARTANS TO WIN

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western's Ally Oliverio (Calgary) scored on a penalty midway through the second half to help the No. 3 Spartans to a 1-0 win over Thompson Rivers Saturday at Rogers Park.

Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) was taken down just inside the WolfPack box to earn the penalty and Oliverio stepped up and slotted her opportunity home in the 60th minute.

The Spartans did just enough to earn their fifth win of the season and remain unbeaten in Canada West action, with a 5-0-1 record. The loss dropped TRU to 0-6 in league play.

The Spartans had nine shots on target while not allowing the WolfPack a single shot on target. TWU had a 24-9 edge in total shots.

TRU's Emily Edmundson made eight saves to keep the WolfPack in the game throughout, giving up the contest's lone goal when she dove the wrong way on Oliverio's penalty. The Spartans Christina Oliverio (Calgary) picked up the shutout without making a single save.

The Spartans will now travel to Prince George, B.C. for a pair of games against UNBC Oct. 3-4. TRU is back on the road next weekend when it will play UBC Oct. 3 and Victoria Oct. 4.

"It's very positive that we won, but we know that we can be better," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "I thought Jenn (Castillo, Surrey, B.C.) did very well for us tonight and I thought Kat Chin (Calgary) came in and gave us some good minutes, just like Lindsay (Pulice, Burnaby, B.C.) did last night.

"There were good performances tonight, but we just weren't really that sharp. Jenna (Di Nunzio, North Delta, B.C.) was lively and she made the right passes and Seina (Kashima, Burnaby, B.C.) was just a bit unlucky on some of her runs."

The first half opened tentatively as TRU largely held the Spartans attack in check but, at the same time, was unable to generate much in the way of offence itself.

The Spartans best chance of the opening half came in the 30th minute when Kashima hit the right post from six yards out.

TWU pressured late in the first half, which sparked a late chance for Jenna Di Nunzio (North Delta, B.C.), but her shot from 20 yards out was stopped by Edmundson.

The WolfPack had plenty of long range attempts in the first half but nothing on target.

The second half was more of the same as neither team generated all too many high quality chances.

Eventually, Oliverio broke the ice with what would turn out to be the game's only goal just before the hour mark.

Game Notes: TWU had a 10-0 edge in corners…Jessica King (Liverpool, England) saw her goal-scoring streak stopped at five games as she was held off the scoreboard for the first time this year in Canada West play…King was the only player booked as she was shown a yellow in the 65th minute…

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