Heat score late to play to draw versus No. 4 WolfPack

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September 30, 2012, KAMLOOPS, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat didn’t let another game with a number of missed scoring opportunities early on get to them when they played the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) No. 4 ranked Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Saturday (Sep 29) afternoon in Kamloops.

Third year forward Lindsey Briggs (Delta, BC) scored the Heat’s lone goal, after missing out on good opportunities earlier when she struck gold in the 80th minute to tie the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

“I thought we had a stronger first half,” stated Claire Paterson, head coach of the Heat. “We came out strong and unfortunately we didn’t score on our opportunities early on.”

Paterson was concerned that her team’s lack of scoring could cost her squad against a talented team like the WolfPack “We have to start putting the ball away and winning some games. We are creating opportunities. We just can’t finish,” says Paterson.

This is the third game in a row the Heat has not been able to score more than one goal in a game, playing to a 1-1 draw in their last three matches.

Heat hero of the match, Lindsey Briggs, created a great chance early on, as did midfielder Mari Horth (1st year, Ladysmith, BC) in the first 13 minutes of the match, but WolfPack keeper Emily Edmundson (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) was able to turn them away.

“The WolfPack kept us on our toes and they got a great goal off a set piece,” says Paterson

It was first year hometown forward, Courtney Daly, who scored TRU’s lone goal on the set piece, as she finished a cross from Alanna Bekkering (4th year, midfield, Kamloops, BC) to give the WolfPack a 1-0 lead, just minutes before the half.

“It is always a hard fought match when we come to Kamloops,” stated Paterson, adding that she thought the match versus the top team in the PACWEST was even throughout.

With the third draw in a row the Heat are now in a three team battle for the third and fourth playoff spots (only the top four teams qualify for the provincial championships in the PACWEST), with Langara and Quest all sporting 10 points. The Kwantlen Eagles are in second with 11 and TRU has a nearly a two match lead with 16 points.

The Heat’s record sits at (2W-4T-1L) and they will go for that elusive third victory on the season versus the WolfPack in the back end of their home-and-home series.

The rematch is tomorrow in Kelowna Sunday, Sep 30 at 1 p.m. on the Nonis Sports Field at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The WolfPack have a record of five wins, one loss and one draw.

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