LANGLEY, B.C. – For the second time in three days, a second-half offensive outburst carried the Trinity Western Spartans past the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades in Canada West women's soccer action.
On Friday evening in Langley, the Spartans had scored four times after the break en route to a 5-0 triumph over the Cascades. In Sunday afternoon's rematch at MRC Sports Complex, after an evenly contested first half, TWU once again struck four times over the final 45 minutes to pull away for a 4-0 win.
Amy Gartke (Edmonton), Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) Seina Kashima (Burnaby, B.C.) and Danae Derksen (Delta, B.C.) scored for the Spartans, who improved to 8-2-0 and leapfrogged the UBC Thunderbirds and Victoria Vikes to seize first place in the Pacific Division. The fifth-place Cascades fell to 4-4-2.
The Spartans have now earned seven straight clean sheet victories.
In the first half, both teams had promising forays but few outstanding scoring chances were generated. In the 18th minute, UFV's Janelle Henke found some room down the right side, but her shot went over the net. Later on, TWU's Derksen had a clean look at goal from just inside the box, but Harold dove to her right to make the save.
After the break, the Spartans found traction. Gartke opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, volleying the ball home off Danielle Thune's (Abbotsford, B.C.) cross. Then in the 58th, Hutchinson ran onto a pass from Kashima and slotted a low shot past Harold. In the 64th, the roles were reversed – Hutchinson's initial shot was stopped by Harold, but the rebound landed on Kashima's boot for an easy finish. Derksen rounded out the scoring in the 69th, deflecting Hutchinson's corner into the top of the net from close range.
• TWU has outscored its opponents 18-0 over its last four games.
• The Spartans have gone 646 minutes without allowing a goal.
• The last time TWU gave up a goal was Sept. 16 against Calgary.
The Spartans are back at home next weekend when they host Regina Friday and Saskatchewan Saturday at Chase Office Field. Kickoff for both games is at 5 p.m. (PT).