September 24, 2012, Kelowna, BC – The Okanagan Heat Men’s soccer team was swept on the weekend in PACWEST play, losing Saturday to Vancouver Island University 3-0 and to Capilano College 2-0 on Sunday.
The Heat were unable to mount much offense on Saturday; UBC Okanagan surrendered three goals and the victory to Vancouver Island University after 90 minutes of play.
The Heat found themselves within striking distance at the half, facing a one goal deficit, but as the game progressed the Heat offense could not translate any shots into goals. An additional two goals by the Mariners ensured a Heat comeback was all but snuffed out.
Sunday’s contest between UBC Okanagan and Capilano University was a crucial one in terms of potential playoff positioning, and both teams came out flying as a result. Unfortunately for the Heat, the Blues found themselves on the winning side of a 2-0 contest.
Tied 0-0 at the half, the Heat were pressing hard in the final 45 minutes. Three great scoring opportunities saw the Heat come up with no goals, allowing Capilano to remain in the game. The Blues capitalized on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, and put the game away in the 75th on a chip through that was eventually buried in the bottom corner of the Heat net.
Sunday’s game ends a disappointing weekend for the Heat, who return to the Okanagan without a win. Head coach Dante Zanatta shared his thoughts. “It was disappointing to travel and lose both games. We played better today [Sunday], and had great chances to score, but we missed on those chances and it came back to haunt us.”
However, coach Zanatta is still hopeful in his team’s ability to turn things around. “If we can put together two good matches for 90 minutes each day and create some luck of our own, that’s six points to put us back in the playoff race.”
UBC Okanagan are currently in seventh place in the PACWEST with a record of (0W-3L-3T).
The Heat return to Kelowna to face the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a home-and-home series beginning Saturday, September 29th at Nonis Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.