LANGLEY, British Columbia. – Playing their fourth game five days the Trinity Western University women's soccer team battled the Seattle Pacific University Falcons to a 0-0 draw Saturday night at Yorkton Community Park in Langley, BC.
TWU fifth year keeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) was solid in net for the Spartans, making a couple of game saving stops to earn the Spartans the point and extending her shutout streak to over three games.
Sydor made six saves to preserve the draw, while the Falcon's four keepers made two saves. SPU split the goal keeping duties between Abby Smith, Riley Travis, Kaylie Nelson, and Rachel Maddy. Smith earned the start and played 32 minutes of the match.
Seattle Pacific had control of much of the first half as they outshot Trinity Western 11-2 in the opening frame. The Spartans responded in the second half evening the shots at 5-5, with a couple of quality opportunities.
TWU will now have a few days off before returning to action Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when they will host the NCAA Div II seventh ranked Western Washington University Vikings. The match will be played at Yorkson Community Park at 20591 84th Ave, Langley, B.C.
TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh
On the match
"I was really pleased. We started okay, but early in the first half they started to find their rhythm and made it very difficult for us and we were reacting to everything. So we challenged our girls at halftime to be less reactionary and move off the ball, keep possession and find each other's feet. And I thought we did and our energy was much better, even though we had played three games in three nights we didn't wilt."
"We were probably the stronger team at the finish and were unlucky not to be able to generate the goal that could have won it for us."
On the Sydor
"Rachel Sydor made two unbelievable saves and probably deserves to be the player of the game for us."
- Sydor's shutout streak is now 284 minutes, while the Spartans streak is now at 374.
- Seattle Pacific plays is an NCAA Div.II school and plays in the GNAC.
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.