LANGLEY, B.C. - The hometown Trinity
Western Spartans scored two goals in the first twenty minutes of the
game to defeat the OUA champion Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 3-0 in
front of 435 fans at Spartan Field. The match was played under the
lights on a cool, rainy evening.
“They are an exceptionally good team and they definitely have a chance to win a national championship, “ said head coach BARRY MACLEAN referring to Trinity Western. “The loss shows us we have a little bit more work to do.”
The match started out with both sides testing each other. Trinity advanced into the Golden Hawks zone using a combination of size, skill and speed and pressed the visitors early. The Spartans first goal came from Nikki Wright (Cloverdale, B.C.) on a clear cut break away as she received a goal kick over top the Laurier defence and broke in on Hawk goalie Mal Woeller (Kinburn, Ont.). She placed the ball in the lower right corner to put the home team up 1-0. Just four minutes later, the Spartans would add to their tally as Daniela Grieg (Fort Langley, B.C.) would score. Laurier would go into the break down two goals to none with the home team having a 5-3 advantage in shots.
The second half saw the rain end and Laurier up their play. The Golden Hawks had some chances on net and put pressure on the Spartan defence. Trinity Western's size and speed began to tell as the Hawks started to take more chances on offence. Capitalizing on the Hawks offensive chances, Grieg would notch her second marker of the game 62 minutes in on a solid shot to the top right corner ending the visitors hopes of a comeback.
Laurier will now play in the consolation semifinal against the Dalhousie Tigers who lost 4-0 to the Montreal Carabins. The game will be played on Spartan Field at 1:30 p.m PST on Friday, November 7th.