T-Birds deny Spartans CIS crown

Trinity Western falls to UBC in women's soccer championship finals

For the second straight year, the Trinity Western Spartans were stymied in the gold medal game.

The Spartans fell 3-0 to the host UBC Thunderbirds on Sunday night at Thunderbird Stadium in the CIS women’s soccer championship final.

The T-Birds scored twice in the first half and added an insurance marker in the second half to win the Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy for a CIS record sixth time.

A Trinity Western victory would have been the Spartans’ record-setting sixth title as well.

The Spartans, the fifth seed at nationals, were making their CIS-record fourth straight appearance in the championship game. They won the title in both 2012 and 2013 before losing to the Laval Rouge et Or last November.

TWU did earn a measure of revenge, ending Laval’s 34-match win streak with a 2-1 victory in penalty kicks in Saturday’s semifinal.

The Spartans had beat the Cape Breton Capers 2-0 in the quarter-final round.

TWU and UBC played four times this season with the T-Birds winning three times and the teams playing to a scoreless draw in the other. The Spartans failed to score a single goal in all four contests.