A Win That Changes Momentum
The Trinity Western Spartans women’s soccer team saw an exciting win last Friday evening in Prince George. Described as an absolute team effort, the Spartans counted an early goal in the fifth minute from fifth year, Natalie Boyd with a swift assist from Jessica King. UNBC’s team aimed for goal action in the seventh minute, but was shut down by TWU goalkeeper Rachel Bedek. After a quick dual team substitution, Forward Krista Gommeringer entered the game for teammate Jessica King. Although this substitution would not put numbers onto the scoreboard until late into the second half, Gommeringer proved to be a key team player until being substituted once again at the start of the second half.
Before half time could commence, Jennifer Castillo clenched a nail-biting goal with assistance from Colleen Webber. The ball bounced off the crossbar and into the goal. Going into the second half it was clear that the away team possessed full field advantage with clear and concise passing and a wave of momentum.
Isabella Di Trocchio and Jessica King entered the game to see field time at the start of the second half. UNBC’s Timberwolves experienced foul trouble and this only aided Trinity’s advancement. Shot after shot on Jordan Hall, UNBC’s goalkeeper, eventually paid off when Krista Gommeringer connected in both the 82 and 87 minutes. A full field influence, she saw two goals that would put UNBC away for the rest of the game. Jenna Di Nunzio, Sarah Hannigan and Natalie Boyd aided her side in both goals, adding assists to their resumes. Leaving the Timberwolves scoreless after a clear ninety minutes, TWU Spartans left the field with an amazing 4-0 win from a phenomenally played game.
Entering the game, the Spartans had already experienced a rough start to a highly anticipated season. With two ties and one win within the last three games, winning this game on the road game advanced their Canada West standings from seventh place to a fourth place tie. As of September 28, the women sit in sixth place after several weekend games across the conference.
For the TWU student body, we can only hold on to the still hovering anticipation of what the season brings. Because the team is only six games in, it provides the perfect playing field to advance in standings. After the exceptional game play and camaraderie among the Spartans team, we only know that the momentum will carry forward into the next game, hosted by yours truly.
The women play the University of Manitoba Bisons at home next Friday evening. Go Spartans Go!