VICTORIA (CIS) – At the end of a scoreless battle between national powerhouses, the Trinity Western University Spartans edged the defending two-time champion Queen's Gaels 4-2 on kicks from the penalty mark in the gold-medal final of the CIS women's soccer championship at Centennial Stadium, on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity Western and Queen's have now combined to claim the last five Gladys Bean Memorial Trophies. The Spartans had triumphed in both 2008 and 2009, while the Gaels came up just short in their bid to become the first team in history to three-peat as CIS women's soccer champion.
Both programs have a history of dramatic CIS title matches. Trinity Western won its first banner in PKs back in 2004 and also prevailed in kicks in 2009. Queen's won in overtime two years ago and edged Montreal in kicks in last year's final.
In today's shootout session, fifth-year goalkeeper Kristen Funk showed why she was voted to the first all-Canadian team this season. After Queen's third shooter, Alexis McKlinty, missed high to give the Spartans the advantage, the native of Calgary all but sealed the victory when she jumped to her left to stop Jessie De Boer's shot. With TWU up 3-2, team captain Colleen Webber, also of Calgary, scored the game-winner.
It wasn't Webber's first PK heroics at nationals. In 2009, as a freshman, she had netted the winning goals against Queen's in the semifinals and Montreal in the gold-medal match.