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Season opener

August 30, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Two games experience can mean a lot in the opening days of the women's soccer season. With two games already under their belt Trinity Western University Women's Soccer team (0-0, 2-1) (Langley, B.C.) had more offense than Whitworth College (0-0, 0-1) (Spokane, WA) in the opening women's game of the inaugural Arno Zoske Invitational Soccer Tournament at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wa.

Leading 1-0 at half time, the Spartans controlled the flow of the game for most of the second half and walked away with a 4-0 victory, their second of the young season.

"Whitworth is good competition for us at this point in the season," said head coach Graham Roxburgh. "They play hard and have good skills."

Ashlee Davison put Trinity Western on scoreboard less than nine minutes into the game, on a cross pass by Emily Bond from the right corner. Bond got her second assist of the game in the 53rd minute of the game, when Alexis Heinz booted the first of her two goals into the back of the net. Heinz scored her second, the teams third goal, over the hands of the charging goalie, from the upper left side of the box, as she fought of two defenders in the 69th minute of the game. Stefany Lavik put the icing on the cake with six minutes remaining in the contest. Heinz scored her second, the teams third goal, over the hands of the charging goalie, from the upper left side of the box, as she fought of two defenders in the 69th minute of the game. Stefany Lavik put the icing on the cake with six minutes remaining in the contest.

When asked what he credited today's win too Coach Roxburgh said, "we took chances, the kind you need to take to win." In their season opener, Whitworth was not hapless. The Pirates spread their 11 shots on goal between nine players, with Junior Heather Sale and Freshman Ashley Troxel leading the team with two each. After giving up a goal, Whitworth quickly regrouped and spent a good portion of the remaining 1st half in Trinity's end of the field. Although Freshman Jenn Miller lost her opening college game in goal, she showed outstanding athleticism and displayed great promise in the six attempts she turned away. Angela Garriot was credited with eight saves for Trinity.

Saturday, Trinity Western will face the tournament host, Evergreen State College, at 2 p.m. and Whitworth will be back on the field at 4 o'clock against Simon Frazer University, the Clan's first game of the tournament.