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Heat Soccer Recap

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The UBC Okanagan Heat played a tough and closer match than the final score would tell, ultimately being outlasted by the host Capilano Blues 1-4 at the final whistle in NorthVancouver on Sunday (Sep 29).

Heat coach Dante Zanatta was proud of the way his squad came out and fought, particularly in the tougher conditions due to a relentless rainstorm. Fourth-year midfielder Austin Jones (Vernon, BC) got the Heat on the board in the first half and cut an early 2-0 Blues lead to 2-1 going into the half. The goal was Jones’ second of the weekend, as he has gone five straight matches in which he has notched one goal – giving him a total of five on the season.

The second-half would be a back-and-forth battle with both teams getting great looks, including a free header by Jones that was brilliantly saved by the Blues’ keeper.
Capilano’s Daniel Rodman would then get an opportunity to make a long and wild shot that he somehow got to go top corner. “It was a world class shot,” admitted Zanatta. “I think our guys deflated a little bit, got caught off guard as they followed up with their fourth [goal].”

Jureet Dhaliwal was the Blues’ scorer following immediately behind Rodman. Despite several other great chances at net, the Blues’ keeper was on point and seemed to be making every save.

“It was just one of those games,” Zanatta said. “They got the four and we didn’t. All-in-all, not the result we wanted, but now it’s time to regroup and get ready for the rivalry next weekend.”

Zanatta refers to the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, whom the Heat will next travel to visit in Kamloops Saturday, October 5. Gametime at Hillside stadium is 3 p.m. On Sunday the Heat are finally back at home on the Nonis Turf Field with the first of five straight home tilts. Sunday’s game in Kelowna versus the WolfPack will start at 2 p.m.

The Heat are now 4-2-2, still holding onto a playoff seed as we conclude the fourth weekend of play. The Blues improve to 2-3-1 in the PACWEST standings.

Women’s Soccer
The game of soccer is a rain or shine sport for good reason, even though Mother Nature may sometimes prove to be a cold mistress. The Heat women’s soccer team would unfortunately run into said mistress for the second day straight, this time while visiting the Capilano Blues for a Sunday matchup.

After the Capilano Blues’ home turf was deemed unplayable following their Saturday matches with TRU, the venue was promptly changed to Cleveland Park at the base of Grouse Mountain.

Still, an extremely slippery pitch led to lots of slipping and skipping balls that made play extremely difficult for both sides. “It was definitely soupy out, which made it challenging,” said Heat head coach Claire Paterson. “Players slipping and the ball skipping … but we did well to come away with three points.”

Third-year forward Kirsten Dodds (Vernon, BC) would crank in each of the Heat’s goals in the outing, having herself a big weekend with her second and third of the season.

Yesterday in Nanaimo, Dodds, last season’s leading goal-getter for the Heat, tallied her first of 2013.

“[She] came off the bench in the second half and instantly made an impact by running at players,” Paterson said of her veteran forward. Dodds would net her first point at the 57th minute, and then sneak in a last-minute effort at the 89th minute.

It was another clean-sheet for Heat keeper Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops, BC) who has now recorded her fourth shutout of the season.

The win against Capilano secures a six-point weekend for the Heat, now 5-2-1 (16 points) for the season, who continue to climb towards the top of the PACWEST standings.

The Blues fall to 2-5-0 (6 points).

The Heat will hit the road for the last time this season to play the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops next Saturday, October 5. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Courtesy of Cary Mellon
Photo Courtesy of Dale Abbey


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