LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western's Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the Spartans to a 3-1 win over Western Washington University (NCAA Div. II) Thursday at Chase Office Field.
After a scoreless opening half, Hutchinson cracked the game open with a 55th-minute tally before putting the home side up by two with her second in the 68th minute.
The Vikes Mariah Roggow closed the gap to within one in the 78th minute, before first-year Spartan Bella Roque (Surrey, B.C.) rounded out the scoring with her first ever at Chase Office Field in the 90th minute.
TWU keeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) made three saves to earn the win against the defending Div. II national champion and currently No. 1-ranked Vikings.
"I'm really pleased because they're a very good team," said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. "They're athletic and they're fast. They move the ball well and play their system. I thought we handled their threats really well. I thought Amy Gartke (Edmonton) was superb and solidified us in the midfield. I thought we were dangerous with our front three. In the second half we passed the ball with more cohesion. I'm really happy that Bella scored and of course we know that Rachel can always be dangerous. Brooklyn (Tidder, White Rock, B.C.) was a tower of strength in the back."
Hutchinson opened the scoring for the Spartans early in the second half, taking a ball from Leanne Verhoeff (Calgary) and beating her defender one-on-one before slotting it past Vikings keeper Ashley Homer.
The third-year striker scored again 15 minutes later when she found a ball in the box off a Spartans cross, knocking it in from eight yards out.
Roggow made it a one-goal game when she tapped in a loose ball from in tight.
Roque buried the Spartans third of the contest, when she got to a rebound in the box and put it past WWU keeper Alyssa Treptow, who had entered the game midway through the second half.
The Vikings best chance of the second half came on a goalmouth scramble early on, but the Spartans cleared the ball off line to keep the game scoreless.
WWU's Malia Maack had a clear-cut shot on goal in the 86th minute, but Sydor was in perfect position to collect the attempt.
The Spartans will now travel to Portland, Ore. to take on Concordia Aug. 26 (7 p.m. PT) before playing Puget Sound Aug. 27 (5 p.m. PT).
TWU opens its Canada West regular season at home Sept. 8-9 against UBC and Victoria.