(ISN) – School opened today, and UBC witnessed the largest enrolment ever at the Okanagan campus, and this reminds us that it is also the start of another exciting year for UBC Okanagan Heat athletics.
Most new students won’t have to deal with exams in their first week as they get settled into university life, but that is not the same for the athletes as they will be tested right away. The men’s and women’s soccer teams will open their regular season with two games on their home turf this Saturday and Sunday.
Traveling up the valley to Kamloops, the men’s and women’s golf teams will play in their first league tournament.
The other two fall sports, cross country and rugby, will hold tryouts starting early this week.
The two indoor sports, basketball and volleyball, will also hold open tryouts for both the men’s and women’s squads this Wednesday and Thursday in the gymnasium.
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Soccer (Men’s and Women’s)
Last season, the twentieth year for the soccer program at UBC Okanagan, was the institutions most successful, with both the men’s and the women’s teams bringing home a Provincial Medal.
This being the twenty-first year in the PACWEST (Formerly the BCCAA, and the Totem Conference) the Heat will look to continue their winning ways and build upon them, as head coaches Claire Paterson of the women’s team in her fifth season, and Dante Zanatta, in his second year at the helm of the men, will look to lead their squads in an effort to capture a championship.
The soccer team’s journey begins on the Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna on Saturday Sep. 8, when the Kwantlen Eagles try and take down the Heat. The women’s game will hit the turf at 1 p.m., with the men’s to start at 3 p.m.
On Sunday Sep. 9, the teams will again defend their home as the Douglas College Royals look to invade UBC’s Okanagan campus. Action kicks off at noon for the women, with the men starting at 2 p.m.
Golf (Men’s and Women’s)
This will be Jen Woods (Kelowna, BC) fifth and final year golfing for the Heat women’s squad, and the three time provincial champion would like to capture another banner before finishing her eligibility. New golf coach Mike Darnbrough also returns the 2011-12 PACWEST male golfer of the year in Cody Bell (2nd year, Salmon Arm, BC), the veteran Bell and the new coach will lead the men’s team as they search for a championship banner to go with the three women’s championships earned by Woods and her teammates over the past three seasons.
Their first weekend will start with a two day tournament at the Dune at Kamloops. First round will get underway for the Heat golfers on Saturday Sep.8, with day two, the final day, on Sunday the 9th.