VICTORIA - Colleen Webber scored the shootout winner as the Trinity Western University Spartans edged the defending two-time champion Queen's Gales 4-2 on kicks Sunday to win the Canadian university women's soccer title.
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.
"I think our nerves caused us to play a little bit out of how we normally play but credit to my kids for hanging in there," said Graham Roxburgh, who made CIS history as the only head coach to win four titles in women's soccer.
In Sunday'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 McKinty, missed high to give the Spartans the advantage, the Calgary native 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 Webber, also of Calgary, scored the winner.
Stephanie Chin, Alessandra Oliverio and Natalie Boyd also scored for Trinity Western, while Stephanie Chin and Mikyla Kay found the back of the net for Queen's.
It wasn't Webber's first penalty kick heroics at nationals. In 2009, as a freshman, the defender had netted the winning goals against Queen's in the semifinals and Montreal in the gold-medal match.
Funk was named player of the game for the winning side, while teammate Jennifer Castillo, a third-year defender from Surrey, B.C., was voted tournament MVP and received the Gunn Baldursson Memorial Award.
"It wasn't the prettiest of games but it was a tremendous battle," said Queen's coach Dave McDowell. "There was tremendous tackling by both teams and a few chances both ways but penalties are penalties."
The University of Toronto will host the CIS women's soccer championship in 2013.