TWU Sports Saturday – Women’s Soccer Capture Bronze In Edmonton, Rugby Debut, Hockey, Hoops, Volleyball

Men’s Hockey – Burnaby – Evan Last’s (Surrey, B.C.) goal with 4:25 remaining in the third period lifted the Trinity Western men’s hockey team to a thrilling 5-4 road win against Simon Fraser at Bill Copeland Arena.

With their fifth consecutive win to open the season, the Spartans improve to 5-0-0-0 and atop the BCIHL standings. SFU dropped to 2-2-0-1 with the loss.

The win was also TWU head coach Barret Kropf’s 100th regular season career victory. 

Dustin Deugau (Calgary), Josh Bruce (Surrey, B.C.), Elijah Vilio (Aldergrove, B.C.) and Brandon Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C.) also scored for the Spartans. 

Arjun Badh netted two goals for SFU, with Kyle Bergh and Eric Callegari adding singles.


It was the home team striking first in the game as Badh scored early to make it 1-0 for Simon Fraser.

The Spartans then responded three minutes later, with rookie forward Bruce scored his fourth of the year to make it 1-1.

Last season’s defenceman-of-the-year Deugau then added another for the Spartans, who took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.


Going into the second period the Clan tied it up off a goal from Bergh, before Eli Vilio regained the Spartans lead to make it 3-2.

Simon Fraser once again knotted the game back up into the third period, as Badh scored his second of the game to make it 3-3.

Potomak and Callegari traded goals later in the period before Last fired home the games winning goal with 4:25 left.

Spartans goaltender Isaac Labelle (Saskatoon, Sask.) made 14 saves for his second win of the season. SFU goaltender Patrick Zubick stopped 28 in the loss.

Edmonton – Women’s Soccer – The Trinity Western women’s soccer team rallied from a first-half deficit to win a Canada West bronze medal with a 4-1 win over MacEwan Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the No. 2-ranked Spartans were upset in the conference semifinals.

Trailing by a goal at the break, a determined Spartans team came out of halftime a different side, with fifth-year Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) tallying a hat-trick to lead TWU to a convincing win in the Spartans final game of the season.

Kathryn Harvey (Coquitlam) also scored for the Spartans, who take home a Canada West bronze medal for the first time since 2007. TWU will miss out on playing in the national championship tournament for the first time since 2010.

MacEwan’s Sofia DiGiacomo scored the lone goal for the Griffins, opening the scoring in the 17th minute.

The Griffins got on the board first on Saturday, when Suekiana Choucair played a 35-yard free kick wide to Hannah Supina, whose cross was volleyed past TWU keeper Hannah Miller (Langley) by DiGiacomo.

Playing in her final game as a Spartan, Hutchinson launched the TWU rally with a goal in the 52nd minute, juking two defenders and delivering a low, hard strike inside the near post that MacEwan keeper Emily Burns, who got a piece of but not enough to keep it from rolling across the line. Fellow TWU fifth-year Brooklyn Tidder (White Rock, B.C.) earned the assist.

Hutchinson notched the winning goal nine minutes later when she one-timed Maddie Melnychuk’s (Langley) cross past Burns in the 61st minute

With TWU taking control of the contest, Harvey doubled TWU’s lead in the 74th minute before Hutchinson completed the hat-trick in the 88th minute with a highlight-reel marker, cutting in on the defence and ripping a cracker high left. Fifth-year star and Canada West Player of the Year Jenaya Robertson (Delta, B.C.) assisted on the final goal of the Spartans season.

Along with fifth-years Hutchinson, Robertson and Tidder, Nicole Bolder (Calgary) also played in her final game with TWU. Carley Willmott (Langley), who didn’t play Saturday, is the Spartans fifth graduating senior.

KelownaMen’s Rugby Trinity Western put together a small piece of history Saturday, as the Spartans men’s rugby team earned a 43-20 win over UBC Okanagan in its first 15s match since re-launching the rugby program this fall.

Josh Halladay (White Rock, B.C.) scored the first try of the game for TWU, launching an offensive barrage from the Spartans that saw the visitors finish with seven tries in their first men’s 15s game since 2004.

From there, Khyree Poole (El Cajon, Calif.) and Ethan Bernardin (Langley, B.C.) dotted down twice each, while Daniel Clement (Edmonton) and Angel Torres (Valley Center, Calif.) also scored for TWU.

Flyhalf Ethan Kelt (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) slotted four conversions for the Spartans.

UBCO responded with three tries, a penalty and a conversion.

TWU ROSTER

1. Ben Graci – Edmonton, Alta. | Nor’Westers AA

2. Scott Bowers – New Westminster, B.C. | Riverside

3. Josh Halladay – White Rock, B.C.

4. Erik Niebuhr – Surrey, B.C. | Bayside Sharks

5. David Wegert – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain Secondary

6. Daniel Clement – Edmonton, Alta. | Edmonton Clansmen

7. Nate Schroeder – West Kelowna, B.C. | Mount Boucherie Secondary

8. Caleb Gerth (c) – Langley, B.C. | Brookswood Secondary

9. Jacob Sousa – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain Secondary

10. Ethan Kelt – Port Coquitlam, B.C. | United Rugby Club

11. Markus Rauch – Abbotsford, B.C. | Robert Bateman Secondary

12. Oliver Feagin – Harbor City, Calif. | SoCal Griffins

13. Ben Adkins – Nairobi, Kenya | Rift Valley Academy

14. Ethan Bernardin – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain Secondary

15. Khyree Poole – El Cajon, Calif. | OMBAC Rugby

16. Patrick Garcia – Dallas, Texas | Dallas Harlequins 

17. Mackenzie Nordli – Nanaimo, B.C. | Nanaimo Hornets

18. Angel Torres – Valley Center, Calif. | New England College

19. Brian Carlson – Langley, B.C. | D.W. Poppy

20. Ben Hus – Calgary, Alta. | Ernest Manning High School

21. Nick Halladay – White Rock, B.C.

22. Tim Bamgbade – Surrey, B.C.

Women’s Volleyball – Langley – The No. 1 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team continued its strong start to the season, defeating the visiting MacEwan Griffins in straight sets (25-16, 25-15, 25-13) Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

Hilary Howe (Calgary) once again led the way for the Spartans, earning a match-high seven serving aces and 13 kills while hitting .429. TWU Setter Dora Komlodi (Calgary) had a match high 22 assists in the TWU win.

MacEwan’s attack was led by Hailey Cornelis, who contributed eight kills while hitting .190.

As a team, the Spartans hit .403, with only 10 errors on 72 attacks.

TWU improved to 6-0 on the season, while MacEwan drops to 2-4 with the loss.

Serving aces favoured the Spartans 13-5, while MacEwan managed 10 serving errors compared to TWU’s nine.

The Spartans also hit .403 compared to the Griffins .088 in the game.

TWU carried control of the game throughout all three sets, winning the first set 25-16 with Komlodi guiding the offence with 10 assists.

Into the second set the Spartans continued rolling, with Howe contributing  six kills for TWU, as the Spartans took the second set 25-13.

Howe then hit six serving aces for the Spartans in the third and final set, as TWU swept MacEwan in straight sets for the second consecutive night.

Men’s Volleyball – Langley – The Trinity Western Spartans rode wins in three-straight sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-18) on route to their second win in as many nights against the MacEwan Griffins Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

First-year Mathias Elser (Calgary) contributed 35 assists and five digs to guide TWU’s offence, while second-year Brodie Hofer (Langley) had a game-high 10 kills for TWU in the win. Fellow second-year Jesse Elser (Calgary) had a team-high 12 points, including nine kills, two aces, two blocks and six digs.

Pearce Eshenko (Banff, Alta.) had an error-free night on the attack with six kills on 12 attacks.

Jefferson Morrow led the Griffins attack with nine kills, while Jonathan Mohler had 24 assists and five digs in the loss. Max Vriend had eight kills and just one attacking error to go with three blocks.

The Spartans improved to 5-1 on the season, while the Griffins overall record fell to 1-3.

Mathias Elser led TWU to a convincing 25-15 first set win, adding 13 assists to go with two serving aces from Jacob Kern (Edmonton) in the first frame.  

The Spartans then rode an identical .385 hitting percentage from the first set into the second, winning 25-18 with Elser adding another 11 assists to his tally.

TWU rounded out the game with a 25-18 third set win, as Jesse Elser added four kills and three digs in the final frame for a Spartans side that hit a match-high .579 in the set. The third set was also MacEwan’s best of the evening, as the Griffins hit .333.

Women’s Basketball – Kamloops – For the second consecutive night the Spartans women’s basketball team lost to the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack, falling 60-50 at the Tournament Capital Centre.

The loss drops the Spartans record to 0-2, while the win improves the Wolfpack to 2-0 on the season.

TWU’s offence was led by first year guard Jayden Gill’s (Abbotsford, B.C.) 15 points and second year forward Nicole Fransson (Edmonton) who added 14.

TRU was led by Leilani Carney and Emma Piggin, as both fifth year guards each had 12 points. 

Fransson had six points in the first quarter along Lana Shypit (Winnipeg), with TWU down entering the second frame.


The second quarter saw the Spartans out rebound the Wolfpack 13-4, but it was TRU increasing its lead to seven (32-25).  

Into the final quarter it was the Wolfpack holding a 16-point advantage at 46-30, but the Spartans worked on slowly closing the gap.

Moving within two points at one point, the Wolfpack eventually pulled away late to win their second straight over TWU.

Men’s Basketball – Kamloops – Fourth year guard Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath’s (Amarillo, Texas) 31 points was not enough as the Trinity Western Spartans dropped their second game of the Canada West season 85-70 to the Thompson River WolfPack Saturday night at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, B.C.

The loss drops the Spartans to 0-2 after dropping the season opener Friday night, while the WolfPack remain perfect at 2-0.

In addition to Gilbreath’s 31 points and four rebounds the Spartans also had solid games from second year guard Gabe Mannes (Chilliwack, B.C.) with 17 points, and four rebounds and second year forward Isaiah Reimer (Abbotsford, B.C.) with nine points. Joe Davis with 28 points and eight rebounds, Anton Bilous with 19 points and six rebounds, and Michael Rouault with nine points and 13 rebounds led the WolfPack.

The Spartans had a slow start trailing 18-3 early, but a 12-0 run to finish the final four minutes of the opening quarter got TWU back into the game. The two teams matched each other in the second quarter with TRU leading 36-33 at the half. The third quarter would prove to be the difference in the contest. Out of the break the WolfPack outscored the Spartans 23-10 to take a commanding 59-43 lead heading into the final 10 minutes. TWU was unable to overcome the 16 point deficit as TRU took the contest 85-70.

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