September 24, 2012, Kelowna, BC – The Okanagan Heat Women’s soccer team came away with two draws this past weekend, a 1-1 tie with Vancouver Island University and a 1-1 tie with Capilano College.
It was a defensive battle at Mariner Field on Saturday, as UBC Okanagan and Vancouver Island University played to a 1-1 draw. A cool day in Nanaimo translated to a cool day offensively for both squads, as both teams struggled to find their rhythm offensively.
The Heat notched the first goal of the match off a beautiful header by first-year midfielder Alana Hazell (Kelowna, BC), but the team was unable to maintain the lead. Vancouver Island University forward Rachel Jones (1st year, Lanzville, BC) tied the game on a header of her own shortly after the Hazell goal, but neither VIU nor the Heat could find the net for a second time.
The UBC Okanagan Heat women were all business right from the get go on Sunday, determined to improve on Saturday’s result. Holding a majority of the possession in the first half, the Heat were unfortunate not to score and get on the board. In the end the Heat and the Capilano Blues had a goal apiece, settling for a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes of play.
“Our effort from the starting whistle was good,” observed head coach Claire Paterson. “We outplayed Capilano for most of the game, building upon [yesterday].”
Freshman midfielder Mairi Horth (Ladysmith, BC) put away the lone goal for the Heat in the second half off of a rebound in the Capilano 18-yard box to go up 1-0. In the last 20 minutes the Blues tied the game up, capitalizing on a wayward Heat pass.
“Although we didn’t lose a match this weekend, ties can come back to haunt us,” added Paterson. “We need to continue to bring our best performance each match and capitalize on our opportunities.”
UBC Okanagan are currently in fourth place in the PACWEST with a record of (2W-1L-3T).
The Heat will take on the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a home-and-home series next weekend. They will play in Kamloops on Saturday on 1 p.m., and then return home on Sunday to play at 1 p.m. at Nonis Field.