T-Birds and Spartans set to battle for top spot in Canada West standings

T-Birds and Spartans set to battle for top spot in Canada West standings

VANCOUVER – With plenty at stake one of the most anticipated weekend series of the Canada West women’s soccer regular season is set to take place this Friday and Saturday October 15th and 16th as the UBC Thunderbirds host the Trinity Western Spartans for back-to-back battles at Thunderbird Stadium.
The results will eventually determine which of the two squads will finish in top spot of both the league and west division standings with the conclusion of the season just around the corner. Both teams will be looking to remain undefeated while the Spartans (10-0) hold the current points advantage over the T-Birds (8-0) because the visitors come in having played two more games and will see their regular season end this weekend before enjoying their bye week ahead of the playoffs. Meanwhile UBC will conclude their campaign the following weekend looking to gain ground on the road with two games in Victoria.

The Spartans come into play feeling good about consecutive home victories last weekend of 3-0 and 1-0 over the visiting Vikes while the ‘Birds remained perfect on the season after convincing home wins of 3-0 and 4-0 over the UBC Okanagan Heat. Fourth-year forward Danielle Steer earned Canada West Soccer Player of the Week honours after a superb weekend that saw her net five of the seven total T-Birds goals, contributing her first career Canada West hat trick in Friday’s 3-0 win and then scoring the first two markers in Saturday’s 4-0 victory. The Surrey, B.C. native now has 12 goals on the season to sit in a tie for top spot with Calgary’s Montana Leonard.

UBC head coach Jesse Symons is pleased with both the individual and total team accomplishments that sees his defending national championship winning squad playing with purpose and good habits at the right time of year.


“The players have an exceptional mindset to work together and push each other every day,” said Symons. “The environment is such a positive place to be in with how they challenge one another to be better. Training is so upbeat and really helps push us to another level. Each week we have definitely seen improvement in many areas of our game (both in and out of possession) and we will look for this to continue as we lead into this weekend.”


Symons is well aware that his group is gearing up for their toughest test of the season in meeting the surging Spartans.


“Trinity is a well-coached team,” Symons continued. “They play quite direct and ty to fight for every second phase ball. They have had a good run of form lately and stick to their principles well.  We expect a tough challenge with us trying to keep the ball and attack. We will need to be ready for a team that likes to play over and on the counter with their front players. A battle for first place is something we were wanting at this point of the year and we are looking forward to the upcoming matches.”


Kickoff on both Friday and Saturday evening go at 5:30 p.m. PT at Thunderbird Stadium. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.


Both games will also be available live on Canada West TV.


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