Cascades women’s soccer team falls to Spartans on the road

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team fell to the Trinity Western Spartans for the second time in five days, dropping a 5-0 decision at Rogers Field in Langley on Tuesday evening.

The CIS No. 9-ranked Spartans, coming off a 2-1 win over the No. 10 Cascades on Friday at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, opened the scoring in the 16th minute via Krista Gommeringer. The Cascades worked hard to generate an equalizer and had a strong start to the second half, only to watch TWU go up 2-0 on Alessandra Oliviero’s goal in the 64th minute. That forced UFV to really open things up offensively, and the Spartans struck for three more goals on the counterattack.

The Cascades actually out-shot TWU 16-14, and earned five corners compared to one for the Spartans. Nevertheless, Trinity Western (7-1-2, 23 points) was lethal with its finishing and moved four points clear of UFV (6-3-1, 19 points) in the West Division standings.

“It was a frustrating evening,” Cascades head coach Rob Giesbrecht said. “I really am proud of my team for how we played. We passed the ball very well, we created goal-scoring opportunities. The challenge for us is to create higher-quality goal-scoring chances with a little more composure in the attacking third. At times, we settled for half-chances when we could have worked for better chances. Much like Friday’s game, we made a few mistakes and got punished.”

“I’m a bit perplexed to be honest,” said Spartans coach Graham Roxburgh. “I thought for large stretches of the game, we didn’t play as well as I think we can and yet we won 5-0. I am really pleased with our finishes.

“I don’t want to take anything away from UFV,” he added. “It sounds strange to say that after a game that ended 5-0. That game was a lot closer than what the scoreline reflects. It thought it was a great battle between two teams and to be honest, I thought they could have been up two or three before we went up. Sometimes soccer is a funny game and tonight it was a little bit bizarre.”

The Cascades are back in action at home this weekend – they take on the Manitoba Bisons (Friday, 4 p.m.) and the Winnipeg Wesmen (Saturday, 5 p.m.) at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.

– with files from Trinity Western Athletics

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