Heat men’s soccer look to get back into win column versus Timberwolves
KELOWNA, B.C.(ISN) – The Heat will have a close game coming their way this weekend as they play host to the UNBC Timberwolves (3-4-1) on Saturday Oct. 8. UNBC currently sits in second place in the PacWest Group A. The Timberwolves in last year’s provincial championship provided the league with a Cinderella team, coming in to the tournament as a low seed and finishing with the Silver medal.
Saturday, October 8 – UNBC Timberwolves at UBC Heat (3:00 P.M. at Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna, B.C.)
CCAA National Ranking: N/A, down from No. 13
PacWest Standing: 3rd Pool B
Last Week: Capilano 1-1 Tie, VIU 1-0 Loss
Streak: 1 Loss
2010 PacWest Record: 2-9-1, 8th
2010 PacWest Championship: N/A
2010 CCAA Tournament: N/A
Last PacWest Title: N/A
Last CCAA Title: N/A
The Heat are one of four teams in group B of the PacWest men’s soccer league in 2011, alongside the Blues, Mariners, and TRU’s WolfPack. The Mariners from VIU lead the group with 13 points, followed by the WolfPack with 9, the Heat and the Blues all only separated by one point in the standings. Only the top three teams will qualify for the PacWest Provincial Championship held at the Nonis Sports Field on UBC’s Okanagan campus at the end of October, from the 28-30th.
“Our hopes for the season is to make provincials, for sure,” comments UBC Heat’s #11 Dustin Luck (4th year, Kelowna, BC). “We’ve [as the Heat] never actually made it before, and I think we’re in a really strong position to do it, so just play hard the rest of the season here, get a few more wins and then make it to BCs.”
[The team qualified for a provincial championships once before in 1998 flying under the banner of the Okanagan University College Lakers.]
Luck continues, “UNBC is a good team; they’re going to CIS next year so they’re going to be very competitive. We just have to keep playing how we’ve been playing. We’ve had a few unlucky results lately but we’re coming together as a team really well and I think that we will be able to get a good result this weekend against UNBC and hopefully bring home the win.”
The Heat will host Quest University Kermodes (1-3-2) and Langara College Falcons (2-2-2) on UBC’s Okanagan campus next weekend, Oct. 15-16, game times : Saturday at 3:00 P.M. and Sunday at 2:00 P.M. The Heat will then finish the PacWest season on the road the following weekend with important Group B matchup’s versus the VIU Mariners (4-1-1) and the Capilano Blues (2-3-1).