Scheduled Game: @Lethbridge*
|Trinity Western||0||2||2||« FINAL|
|Game Date: 10/29/2011||Location: Lethbridge|
|Game Time: 12:05||Attendance: 109|
|Referee: Merril Schwietzer, Asst. Referee: Alvin Thielmann, Cam Wood, Alt. Official: Mike Barwegen|
|Goal Scorer(s)||Natalie Boyd (9) - 55:00|
Caitlin Haines (17) - 70:00
|Total Goals Scored||2||0|
|Shots On Target||8||4|
|1||Taura Willoughby (GK)||90||2||6||3,3|
WOMEN’S SOCCER (CANADA WEST)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011
TRINITY WESTERN (2) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE (0)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS UNBEATEN IN 12 STRAIGHT
LETHBRIDGE, Alberta – Despite a slow start the CIS No. 2 Trinity Western Spartans scored twice in the second half to down the Lethbridge Pronghorns 2-0 at the University Community Stadium in Lethbridge, Alta.
Natalie Boyd broke the deadlock early into the second half and Caitlin Haines scored the other Spartan goal in the 70th minute.
With the win the Spartans improve to 11-1-1and maintain their two point lead over the UBC Thunderbirds for top spot in the conference table, while the loss drops the ‘Horns fall to 0-9-3 on the season.
The Spartans held the possession and territorial advantage throughout the opening 45 minutes, but the ‘Horns defence held solid and limiting the charging Spartans from finding the back of the net.
Daniela Gerig had the two best Spartan chances in the first half but was not able to convert. First, off a corner kick that went untouched to the back post, a volley that went just wide of the post. Then just past the midway point of the half, Gerig found herself alone just outside the six-yard box after a pair of ricochets, but ‘Horns keeper Taura Willoughby’s sliding challenge turned her away.
The Pronghorns lone dangerous opportunity came off a long free kick but Shannon Clark’s shot sailed over the bar.
Trinity Western finished with nine shot attempts but only forced Willoughby into making three saves, meanwhile the Lethbridge directed three shots towards the Spartan goal with only one being on target. As the two teams went into the dressing room tied at 0-0.
The Spartans pressure continued into the start of the second half and they were finally rewarded in the 55th minute. After a great run from Melissa Mobilio, her cross was deflected by Willoughby but right to the foot of Natalie Boyd, who hammered it home to give TWU the 1-0 lead.
Immediately following the Spartans marker, the Pronghorns did respond well with solid push back but struggled to find their range and penetrate the Spartans defence.
Janelle Groten did force Spartan keeper Kristen Funk to make a nice diving save off a long free kick.
In the 70th minute, the Spartans doubled their lead and Mobilio was the creator once again; her cross found Caitlin Haines near the penalty spot, who chipped it over a charging Willoughby.
The final score could have been more lopsided if not for the goaltending of the Willoughby, who made two spectacular saves late. Her best came off a header of Colleen Webber from a Spartan corner kick, diving to her right.
Kristen Funk made four saves to earn the shutout win for the Spartans, her seventh of the season, while Taura Willoughby made six saves in the Pronghorns loss.
The ‘Horns will wrap up the 2011 campaign tomorrow afternoon hosting the UBC Thunderbirds, while the Spartans will travel to Calgary to face the Dinos in their regular season finale with their sights set on hosting the Canada West final four with a win. TWU can also claim top spot with a UBC loss or tie against Lethbridge.
Match Notes: TWU outshot Lethbridge 16 to seven in total shots and eight to four in shots on target…the Spartans finished with nine corner kicks, while the Pronghorns had zero…Mobilio’s two assists give her 11 points on the season and second spot in Canada West, trailing only UBC’s Janine Frazao’s 14points…