Late goal pushes Heat even at home

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September 30, 2012, KELOWNA, BC – A late goal by freshman midfielder Matthew McHugh (Kelowna, BC) proved to be the equalizer and final goal of the game, as the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack and the UBC Okanagan Heat played to a 1-1 draw in men’s soccer action on Saturday.

McHugh’s goal was the result of a nifty free-kick play set up by midfielder Sean Causier (5th year, Port Moody, BC) in the 80th minute. McHugh took the beautiful feed and buried the shot from five yards out to revive the Heat, who had been down a goal since TRU defender Corey Wallis (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) buried a shot from 12 yards out in the 40th minute.

Head coach Dante Zanatta was pleased with his team’s second half effort.

“I thought we came out well and really could have put them away [early],” said Zanatta. “We didn’t give them anything, and we dealt well with their physical size.”

The Heat finally found the goal after coming off a weekend series that saw the men’s team unable to find the score-sheet.

“Sometimes you need an easy one off a PK or something like that to get the confidence back,” remarked Zanatta. “But we just need to relax. [In] most of our games, we’ve played better football than our opponent.”

The Heat’s record moves to (0W-4T-3L), while Thompson Rivers’s stands with a record of (2W-2T-3L). Both teams have seven games remaining in the 2012 PACWEST men’s soccer season.

UBC Okanagan will resume their weekend series tomorrow, traveling to Kamloops to complete the home-and-home series versus the WolfPack. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.