Scheduled Game: SASKATCHEWAN*
Women’s Soccer (Canada West)
Friday, October 27, 2006
TWU Spartans (7) vs. the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (0)
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SPARTANS SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN TO TOP HUSKIES
Carlee O’Brien notches two as TWU blanks Saskatchewan 7-0
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Canada West goal scoring leader added two more goals in Trinity Western University’s 7-0 win over the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at TWU. Fourth year forward Carlee O’Brien improved on her Canada West goal scoring lead by netting her ninth and tenth goals of the season. The Nanaimo native now has a three goal cushion on three other Canada West players, who are tied with seven goals each.
“We talked a lot about not just putting the ball over the top to Carlee and that we need to be patient and keep possession and then at the right time find a gap to play the ball through,” said TWU Head Coach Graham Roxburgh. “She is so fast that when she gets behind the defenders she is pretty hard to contain.”
The Spartans controlled every aspect of the contest and if not for some solid goaltending by the Huskies Codi Corrigan (Saskatoon) the score could have been more lopsided. Corrigan stopped 12 of the 19 shots that she faced in her 90 minutes. TWU’s Nikki Turner (1st year, Langley) made two saves to record the shutout win.
The win moves TWU to 8-3-2, while the loss drops Saskatchewan to 2-9-2. The Spartans currently sit in third place in Canada West.
“I was very pleased with our possession and the way that we often found the right player at the right time, which then made us dangerous with Carlee’s pace,” said Roxburgh.” We worked all week on being more intentional on possessing the ball, and keeping our work rate up and playing at a higher tempo, so it was good [to see it work out].”
The Spartans scored four times in the opening frame. Lindsay Rohla (4th year, Langley) opened the scoring in the 24th minute on a penalty kick. Hilary Braacx (2nd year, Burnaby) followed up less than a minute later (24th minute) to make it 2-0 for the home team. Christine Walker (White Rock) made it 3-0 in the 40th minute and O’Brien gave TWU a 4-0 half time lead with her goal in the 43rd minute.
The Spartans came out strong to start the second half. Rebecca Ferguson (Calgary) got her first goal of the season in the 49th minute. Dana DuMerton (Abbotsford) made it 6-0 for TWU six minutes later (55th minute). O’Brien finished off the goal scoring in the 78th minute to make the final 7-0 for TWU.
Next up for the Spartans is the final Canada West regular season match against the University of Alberta Pandas. Match time at TWU is set for 5 p.m. Saskatchewan will not travel to Abbotsford to take on the UCFV Cascades Saturday evening.
Match Notes: TWU held the edge in shots 26-7 and corners 5-0...O’Brien is second in Canada West in points with 12. She trails Victoria’s Liz Hansen by two...