Struggles continue for Trinity Western Spartans men’s soccer

Injury-ravaged men's soccer team drops another pair of games last weekend, to Victoria Vikes and Fraser Valley Cascades.

While the struggles continue for the Trinity Western Spartans men’s soccer team, head coach Pat Rohla vows the team won’t quit.

The Spartans lost 4-0 on Friday in Victoria to the Vikes and then 4-2 on Sunday in Abbotsford to the Fraser Valley Cascades. The team — which is dealing with a major rash of injuries — had dropped four straight games and is now 1-4-0.

“It’s a difficult situation for everyone,” Rohla said.

“The guys are doing their best to move the program forward, but it is a lot to ask.

“It is not that the guys don’t want to play, but they are in situations that are difficult for them.”

“We won”t quit and we remain focused on our task to be the best team that we can be given our circumstances,” he added.

“We will keep our focus forward and continue to work though and look for solutions.”

Justin Sekhon twice put the Cascades ahead, with goals in the 25th and 48th minutes, respectively, but both times, the Spartans had an answer with Jerome Lou (41st minute) and Kalem Scott (53rd minute) tallying for the visitors.

But James Majman made it 3-2 in the 64th minute and nine minutes later, Connor McMillan made it 4-2.

In the earlier game, Cameron Stokes scored twice while Kurt Macaulay and Gavin Barrett had the other goals.

Evan Lowther made eight saves on 11 shots and Andrew Hicks stopped one of the two he faced against Victoria and then four of the eight shots he faced against Fraser Valley.