SPARTANS OPEN PRESEASON WITH ONE-GOAL LOSS TO NCAA DIV. I OREGON STATE

SPARTANS OPEN PRESEASON WITH ONE-GOAL LOSS TO NCAA DIV. I OREGON STATE

CORVALLIS, Oregon – Trinity Western's Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but two second-half goals from Oregon State (NCAA Div. I) proved to be the difference, as the Beavers edged the Spartans 2-1 in TWU's preseason opener Friday at Lorenz Field.

The Spartans, who are the defending Canada West silver medallists, put up a valiant effort, equaling OSU's four shots on target, but a 74th-minute own goal was ultimately TWU's undoing.

The Beavers Kaillen Fried equalized in the 53rd minute.

Hutchinson's goal came off a free kick, floating her offering up and over OSU keeper Bella Geist.

"They were better than we were, but not by much," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "But the heart my team showed, after just five days of training camp, was superb. I'm really pleased. Our team battled and showed toughness against a very strong and athletic team. I thought Seina (Kashima, Burnaby, B.C.) was dangerous and took her player on regularly. Rachel was excellent in her movement. Our midfield hung in their and the likes of Brooklyn (Tidder, White Rock, B.C.), Kat Chin (Calgary) and Amy Gartke (Edmonton) were awesome."

OSU finished the night with a 16-7 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

"I was impressed with Oregon State," Roxburgh said. "They had three or four very dangerous players. They were organized and made us work really hard."

TWU goalie Christina Oliverio (Calgary) stopped two of the four shots she faced.

TWU is back in action Aug. 24, when the Spartans host Western Washington (NCAA Div. II), who are the defending national champions and opened the year ranked No. 1 nationally by the United Soccer Coaches Division II preseason poll. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (PT) at TWU's Chase Office Field.

The Spartans open their Canada West regular season Sept. 8-9 at home when they host UBC and Victoria.

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