Trinity Western fans stretched their soaked scarves up toward the dark, wet skies after their Spartans claimed their fourth Gladys Bean Memorial trophy, symbolizing the CIS womens soccer championship on Sunday afternoon.
The Spartans outlasted the Queens Gaels 1-0 (4-2 in penalty kicks) after 120 minutes of goal-less playing time on a wet Centennial Stadium field at the University of Victoria.
Spartans captain Colleen Webber clinched it with the fourth and final penalty shot, drilling the ball low and hard to Queens keeper Madison Tyrells right. It came after Stephanie Chin, Christina Oliviero and Natalie Boyd had also scored from the penalty spot for TWU.
Spartans keeper Kristen Funks save off Jessie De Boer, right after Queens midfielder Alexis McKinty hit the crossbar, ended the Gaels run at an unprecedented third straight CIS title.
Riley Filion and Mikyla Kay scored on the first two Queens penalty kicks.
Funk, of TWU, and De Boer were named players of the game in the championship final.
Spartans defender Jennifer Castillo was announced as the tournaments most valuable player. Victoria Vikes Amy Lawrence and Jaclyn Sawicki were among the tournament all-stars. The Vikes defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 4-1 in penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation time in the bronze-medal game earlier in the afternoon.
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