November 9, 2005
Source: Trinity Western University:
Gold for TWU! Men's soccer number one in Canada West
The TWU Spartans men's soccer team has just secured a year's-worth of bragging rights. As of Saturday, November 5th they're the Western Champions of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS, the highest level of varsity sport in Canada). Next week they'll head to UPEI in Charlottetown to duke it out for the number one spot in the nation.
Last weekend's championship victory marks the second title for TWU in their seven years of CIS competition—the first belongs to TWU's women's soccer team who won the 2004 Canada West title on their way to becoming the national champs.
"It's great to be going to the national championships after a win and as the Canada West champions," said TWU Head Coach Al Alderson.
The Spartans men's squad earned the 2005 Canada West title on their home field, with a hard fought 2-1 victory over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
During Saturday's game the Thunderbirds were the first to get on the scoresheet, going ahead 1-0 and taking a bit of the life out of the Spartans and their some 400 fans. But less than three minutes later the momentum of the match changed dramatically.
In the 31st minute, TWU forward Todd Anderson (Langley, BC) sent a ball towards the UBC goalkeeper that bounced off a UBC defender's leg and found the back of net, tying the score at 1-1. The goal energized the Spartans and their fans, and for the next ten minutes the pace of the match was intense.
In the 44th minute the Spartans were awarded a free kick. TWU forward Justin Cordick (Anmore, BC) stepped up and sent a well played volley towards the far side of the UBC net where Nathan Square-Briggs (Richmond, BC) beat the Thunderbird defender to the ball and headed it into the UBC net.
TWU goalkeeper Chris Cecil shut the door with some fantastic saves in the second half, securing TWU's come-from behind victory. The Spartans outshot the Thunderbirds 18-12 and took home a well-deserved gold medal!
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