SPARTANS FALL TO NCAA DIV. I WASHINGTON STATE AT HOME

SPARTANS FALL TO NCAA DIV. I WASHINGTON STATE AT HOME

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Hosting a NCAA Div. I side for just the second time in program history, the Trinity Western women's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Washington State Saturday at Yorkson Creek Middle School.

After the Cougars took a 2-0 lead early in the second half, TWU's Brooklyn Tidder struck back when she buried a header off of a well-struck corner.

TWU's Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) nearly found the equaliser but after a solo effort, her offering hit the crossbar.

The Cougars reestablished their lead late in the game, taking advantage of an undetected collision with TWU goalkeeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) and tucking the ball into an open net.

"It's always good to test yourself against an opponent at the Pac-12 level," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "They are very athletic and they have technical ability all over the park. I thought after the first 15 minutes of weathering their storm, we started to play a bit and grew in confidence. We were a bit unlucky on a few clear-cut chances. If we would have finished one of our chances in the first half and got back on equal terms, I think it would have been justified.

"Having said that, Washington State showed their quality and when we made a mistake, they punished us. I'm really pleased that we didn't fold our tent and that we came back in the game and scored a great goal. Rachel Hutchinson's movement tonight and her attacking threat was superb and she was unlucky not to be rewarded. I'm grateful that we can play that level of a game and show that we can compete."

The Spartans and Cougars also played in Langley last year, with WSU coming away with a 1-0 win.

TWU is 0-1-1 against NCAA Div. I opponents in 2016-17, as the Spartans played to a scoreless draw with the University of Washington in preseason last August.

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