WWU rallies for 3-2 exhibition win at Trinity Western

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Jessica Bertucci
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Jessica Bertucci
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Aug. 27, 2014

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LANGLEY, B.C. - Western Washington University scored twice in a span of 1:22 to overcome a one-goal deficit and defeat Trinity Western University, 3-2, in a women's soccer exhibition game Wednesday night at Rogers Field.

The Vikings' Elise Aylward (So., Renton/Lindbergh) scored an unassisted goal from 20 yards in the 76th minute that proved to be the game winner.

WWU goalkeeper Ashley Haden (Jr., Brush Prairie/Hockinson) made a diving save in the final minute to preserve the victory. She had 10 saves in the contest.

The Vikings' Becca Cates (So., Poulsbo/North Kitsap) had tied the game at 2-2 in the 75th minute as Caitlyn Jobanek (So., Springfield, OR/Thurston) was credited with an assist.

Jobanek had given WWU a quick 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, finding the top right hand corner of the net with a shot from the top of the box.

TWU tied the contest at 1-1 in the 24th minute as a cross by Jenna Di Nunzio was punched into the net by Jessica King. King assisted on a goal by Isabella Di Trocchio in the 73rd minute that gave the Spartans a 2-1 advantage.

TWU outshot the Vikings, 19-8.

Last year, the teams played to a 1-1 tie in an exhibition. WWU went on to a 20-2-1 record and reached the NCAA Division II national semifinals, and TWU finished 19-4-6 and ranked No.8 nationally in Canada.

The Vikings were rated third nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 and are the favorite in the coaches' poll to take the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship.

WWU completes its three pre-season exhibition schedule Saturday (6 p.m.), playing host to University of Calgary. The Vikings open their regular season on Sept. 4 (7 p.m.) at home against Humboldt State.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
Langley, B.C.  - Rogers Field
Exhibition

Western Washington 3, Trinity Western 2

Scoring - 1. WWU, Caitlyn Jobanek (Unassisted), 3:16; 2. TWU, Jessica King (Jenna Di Nunzio), 23:23; 3. TWU, Isabella Di Trocchio (King), 72:09; 4. WWU Becca Cates (Jobanek), 74:36; 5. WWU Elise Aylward (Unassisted), 75:58

Shots - WWU 8, TWU 19 Saves - WWU 10 (Ashley Haden10); TWU 3 (Sophia Traxler 3) Corner kicks - WWU 5, TWU 3 Fouls - WWU 13, TWU 14 Attendance: 180