SPARTANS BEAT THUNDERBIRDS TO ADVANCE TO KEG CUP FINAL

SPARTANS BEAT THUNDERBIRDS TO ADVANCE TO KEG CUP FINAL

VICTORIA – Trinity Western's Amy Gartke (Edmonton) scored a 35th-minute goal and the Spartans held UBC off the scoreboard to earn a 1-0 win in the Keg Cup semifinal Saturday.

With the win, TWU advances to the final where the defending Keg Cup champion Spartans will face Victoria at 2 p.m. (PT). The Vikes advanced to the final with a 3-0 win over Alberta in Saturday's second semifinal.

"Today was a scrappy match but one that showed competitiveness between the two teams," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "It's obviously a spring game, so it was good to get lots of young players some minutes and I think both teams did that. I thought our competitive spirit was good today. We were a bit undermanned and in the end, we held on a little bit. We generated three or four really good chances in the early part of the second half and were a bit unlucky not to go up by two or three goals, but then they had two or three very good chances that they were unlucky on. Our rookie goalkeeper Emily Robertson (Delta, B.C.) made two or three very good saves to preserve the clean sheet."

In the late stages, TWU's Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) nearly gave the Spartans a two-goal lead, but her breakaway attempt was stopped by the Vikes keeper.

In each of TWU's last two Keg Cup titles, the Spartans beat the Vikes in the final, winning 2-1 in 2016 and 1-0 in 2012.

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