Written by Joel Waterman
LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team will be in Victoria this weekend for the 32nd annual Keg Cup Mar. 24-25 in hopes to build off a consistent spring season so far.
Top quality opposition will join the Spartans including first round foes UBC Thunderbirds, while the Victoria Vikes and Alberta Pandas will go head-to-head in the other semifinal matchup.
TWU will be looking to get back in the win column after back-to-back scoreless draws with Concordia University (Portland) and Seattle University.
For Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh, he hopes the weekend can provide two good performances and allowing his team to keep taking steps in the right direction.
“Spring is strictly the balance between making sure that you’re developing everybody and wanting to keep a culture of winning, competing and playing well,” Roxburgh says. “We want to win and play well, however we also know we are playing good opponents and it will not be an easy outing. I hope we play better than what we’ve shown recently and I am confident that we will be able to improve our play to get some good results.”
TWU beat UBC in last year’s semifinal before falling to Victoria 2-0 in the final. The Spartans last Keg Cup title was in 2016 when they also beat the Thunderbirds in the semifinal before earning 2-1 win over the Vikes in the final.
The Spartans are coming off a successful season where they finished first in the Pacific Division and made program history by going a record 924 regular season minutes without conceding a goal. After clinching first place, TWU took the playoffs by storm beating the Thunderbirds and Vikes on their way to the Spartans seventh Canada West championship.
The semifinal winners will play in Sunday’s final, while the semifinal losers will play in the third place contest.
Saturday, March 24 – TWU vs. UBC (10 a.m.) / Victoria vs. Alberta (2 p.m.)
Sunday, March 25 – Consolation: TBA vs. TBA (10 a.m.) / Final: TBA vs. TBA (4 p.m.)
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