Playing in his final regular season home game of his career, Jarvis Ambaka left a lasting impression.
The Trinity Western Spartans fifth-year striker delivered a perfect strike, finding the back of the net in the final seconds of the men’s soccer team’s game against the UNBC Timberwolves on Saturday night at Rogers Field.
Not only did the goal give the Spartans the victory, but it helped them qualify for the Canada West playoffs next month, the first time they have made the post-season since 2012.
“I just saw Joel Waterman with the ball and if he could play it behind the defenders, I was going to get there,” Ambaka said.
“It was the 90th minute, so I knew if I missed the goal, we were done. That goal was the playoffs.”
Coupled with a 4-0 win the night before against UNBC, the Spartans improved to 5-3-2 and moved into a tie for second spot in the Pacific Division with two games to play.
TWU trailed 1-0 at the half but Mitchell Urzinger scored in the 49th minute.
In Friday’s contest, Matthew Roxburgh scored two goals less than 90 seconds apart while Ambaka and Urzinger had the others.
Andrew Hicks earned the clean sheet.
The Spartans finish the regular season this weekend as they visit UBC on Friday and Victoria on Sunday.
TWU can finish anywhere from second to fourth for the playoffs.