December 5, 2005
Source: Trinity Western University:
Men's Soccer takes CIS Bronze Medal
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI--The TWU Spartans Men's Soccer team secured the University's fourth Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) medal with a victory over the University of Prince Edward Island.
In a dramatic shootout finish, TWU keeper Chris Cecil (5th yr, Abbotsford, BC) dove to his right and stopped UPEI's fourth penalty kick to give the Spartans the CIS bronze medal Sunday, November 20th, in Charlottetown, PEI. The Spartans and the Panthers were tied 1-1 after regulation and went immediately to penalty kicks. TWU won the shootout 4-2.
The Men's Soccer bronze medal is the fourth CIS medal earned by Spartan Athletics teams in three years. Last year, Women's Soccer won gold, becoming the first TWU team to finish first in the nation. Men's Volleyball took silver at nationals last year as well, improving on their previous year's bronze medal.
Sunday's game was a hard fought victory. UPEI looked like they were going to open the scoring in the early minutes, but TWU defender Diaz Kambere (3rd yr, Surrey, BC) was able to head the ball off of the goal line and out of harms way.
TWU forward Jason Flint (3rd yr, Abbotsford, BC) opened the scoring for the Spartans in the 27th minute. Flint picked up the ball at the top of the UPEI penalty area. He then pushed the ball to his right, split two UPEI defenders, beat a third and hammered the ball into the right side of the Panthers net.
Thanks to some quality stops by Chris Cecil the Spartans were able to take the 1-0 lead into the half.
The Spartans had the better of the play for the majority of the second half. But Panther keeper Shane Etchegary (St. Lawrence, NL) was up to the task as he kept his team in the match.
Then in injury time the Panthers got the break they needed. After a free kick Etchegary, who was playing up as time was expiring, picked up the loose ball and fired it into the back of the Spartans net.
Regulation time ended shortly after the goal and it looked like the Spartans were headed to a repeat of last night's overtime loss. But this morning the Spartans hung tough. As per CIS regulations the match went straight to penalties.
UPEI shot first and missed wide left, while TWU made their first shot. The two teams hit each of their next two shots. Then with TWU leading 3-2 the Spartans' Cecil made the diving save to give TWU men's soccer their first CIS medal.
The Spartans end the 2005 season with a record of 10-3-4 in CIS play and 15-4-8 overall. In addition to their CIS bronze medal the Spartans also won the Canada West Gold medal. The two medal's are firsts for TWU men's soccer. This was the Spartan men's soccer team's first appearance at a CIS national championships.
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