Heat Men Fall to Royals in First Loss of Soccer Season

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KELOWNA, B.C. – Despite two early goals by Austin Jones in the 15th minute and Jorden Lieb in the 38th, the Heat were unable to hold onto their lead as they fell to the Douglas College Royals 4-2 at Nonis Field.

The Heat led 2-1 after 45 minutes of play, but could not capitalize on a two-man advantage, surrendering three second half goals to the Royals. In spite of the result, Coach Zanatta had positive reflections on Sunday’s game.

“We played some very nice football,” remarked Zanatta. “We took on one of the best teams in the league without really any stress. It was very encouraging.”

Sahil Sadhu, a second year striker from Douglas, wreaked havoc on the Heat defense all afternoon, tallying three goals after the 90 minutes. Steven Fronzo, a first year midfielder, scored the fourth Royal goal with just 10 minutes remaining.

“It’s not a bad time to have this learning experience,” added Zanatta. “It’s better now than late in the season. You never want to drop points at home, but if we can take this lesson and learn from it, then it’s ok.”

The Heat will pack their bags and head to Langara College to take on the Falcons Saturday, while Douglas College will travel to Capilano to take on the Blues. The Heat return to their home turf on September 29th to take on their valley rivals the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

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