Skip to content

Spartans split to open season

Leighton Johnson scores three times in opener as TWU men’s soccer beats Victoria, falls to UBC

One night after pumping home five goals in a season-opening victory, the Trinity Western Spartans were snake bitten in their quest for a 2-0 start.

The Spartans men’s soccer team won 5-1 in Victoria Friday night against the UVic Vikes before falling 1-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday in Vancouver.

Leighton Johnson — who had four goals combined in his first three seasons with TWU — scored three times and set up one other in the victory.

Jacob Low opened the scoring just over a minute into the contest and Johnson struck for his first six minutes later.

The Vikes’ Tarnvir Bhandal got the home side on the board in the 28th minute but Johnson set up Cody Fransen in the 42nd minute to restore the two-goal advantage before half.

Johnson added two more goals in the second half, scoring from the penalty spot in the 58th minute and then burying his third of the game from 20 yards out eight minutes later.

The five goals represented TWU’s biggest regular season output since 2009.

The offence was blanked the next day, however, as the Spartans managed just one shot on goal in a 1-0 loss to the T-Birds.

The game’s only goal came in the 55th minute when Kyle Sohi capitalized on a penalty kick.

Rookie Sebastian Colyn was in goal for TWU in both games, making two saves vs. UBC and six the game before against the Vikes.

The Spartans are back in action this weekend (Sept. 1 and 2) with a pair of games against the UNBC Timberwolves, with both games at TWU’s Chase Office Field. Kick-off is 7:15 p.m. both nights.

The games are the start of a six-game homestand for TWU.

Aidan Moore (white) and the Trinity Western Spartans fell 1-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds in men’s soccer action at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday. The Spartans were also in action the night before, a 5-1 win in Victoria over the UVic Vikes. Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo

Be Among The First To Know

Create a free account today, and start receiving free newsletters.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.

Don't have an account? Click here to sign up