PORTLAND – Fifth year defender Amy Gartke (Edmonton) scored the lone goal in the 57th minute to help the Trinity Western women's soccer team edge the Concordia University Cavaliers 1-0 Thursday night at Tuominen Yard in Portland, Oregon. With the win the Spartans improve their preseason record to an unblemished 3-0.
TWU fifth year keeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) earned the shutout win and extended her shutout streak to 196 minutes. Concordia used three different keepers, Hailey Asato, Rose Hauser and Abigail Diller, with Diller giving up the lone goal and taking the loss.
The match was a defensive battle, with a lot of the play in the centre of the park. Both teams combined for a total of 14 shots, with TWU holding an 8-6 edge in total shots and a 5-0 edge in shots on goal. Concordia finished the evening with a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Spartans will now head to Lacey, Wash. to take on the Saint Martin's University. Match time is set for 3 p.m. PT. TWU will then return to home to host Seattle Pacific University on Saturday night. The match is scheduled for a 5 p.m. PT start, and will be played at Yorkton Community Park Field in Langley, B.C.
- The Cavaliers are ranked 19th in the 2018 NCAA Division II preseason poll.
- Gartke's goal was her second of the 2018 preseason. She joins fourth year forward Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) and fifth year forward Danae Derksen (Delta, B.C.) who have each tallied twice in preseason play.
Trinity Western's women's soccer team will open its Canada West championship defence with a rematch of last year's gold medal game against Victoria Sept. 7 at the Spartans Chase Office Field.
The Spartans season-opening contest is part of a key home weekend in which the Spartans will also host UBC Sept. 8. TWU capped last year's Canada West campaign with a 3-0 semifinal win over the Thunderbirds followed by a 2-1 win over the Vikes in the conference final.
TWU posted a 10-3-1 regular season record last year, which included a 10-match shutout streak. The Spartans went on to win the conference title before earning a bronze medal at the national championship.
The Spartans have played in each of the last seven Canada West championship games, winning four times (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017).
REGULAR SEASON (all times Pacific)
Fri. 7 Victoria * 5:00 PM
Sat. 8 UBC * 5:00 PM
Fri. 14 at Manitoba * 4:00 PM
Sat. 15 at Winnipeg * 5:00 PM
Fri. 21 MacEwan * 5:00 PM
Sat. 22 UNBC * 5:00 PM
Sat. 29 at TRU * 1:00 PM
Sun. 30 at UBCO * 1:00 PM
Fri. 5 UFV * 5:00 PM
Sun. 7 at UFV * 2:00 PM
Fri. 12 Alberta * 5:00 PM
Sat. 13 Mount Royal * 5:00 PM
Fri. 19 at UBC * 6:30 PM
Sat. 20 at Victoria * 5:00 PM
Thur. 25 Play-In Game
Sat. 27 Quarter-Final Match
Nov. 1-3 Canada West Final Four
Nov. 8-11 U SPORTS Championship (Ottawa)
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.