Timberwolves fall to Spartans on soccer pitch

The Trinity Western Spartans scored a pair of goals in the first half and added another en route to a 3-0 shut out victory over UNBC's women's soccer side Friday night in Prince George.

The loss at the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League Fields was the Timberwolves fourth-straight of the season in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Canada West conference and now fall to 0-4-1.

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The Spartans, the ninth-ranked squad in the CIS, improve to 3-1-1 and sit in third place in the Canada West Division with 10 points.

Fifth-year midfielder Alessandra Oliverio gave the Spartans an early 1-0 lead in the 24th minute of the first half.

Another senior, midfielder Vanessa Kovacs, scored 10 minutes later for a two-goal cushion and a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes.

After Timberwolves netminder Jordan Hall faced nine shots in the first half, Lianna Toopitsin replaced her in the second half. Toopsitin is a freshman who spent her high school career playing for Prince George's Westside Warriors.

She held her own, allowing one goal in the 52nd minute when freshman midfielder Jenaya Robertson headed the ball into the net off a corner kick from Isabella Di Trocchio.

The Spartans have reached three consecutive CIS gold medal matches, winning in 2012 and 2013, before falling to Laval in 2014.

The Timberwolves must now regroup to tackle the University of Fraser Valley Cascades Sunday at noon at the NCSSL Field.

The Cascades shut out the University of Alberta Pandas 2-0 Friday night in Edmonton to remain atop the West Division at 4-0-1 with 13 points.

UFV is the sixth-ranked side in the CIS. Alberta falls to 1-3-1.

UNBC's men's soccer side battles the Cascades today at 2:15 p.m. at the NCSSL fields in their home-opener.

The two sides go at it again Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

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