Heat Men Falter in Newton

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NEWTON, BC – The Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team were unable to complete the comeback on Saturday when they fell to the Kwantlen Eagles 3-2 at Newton Athletic Park.

UBC Okanagan scored first in the game when third year midfielder Austin Jones (Vernon, BC) placed the ball past the Eagles keeper. With the early goal the Heat’s offensive struggles appeared to be over.

A misplay in the backend allowed Kwantlen to tie the score just before the half, and a quick goal for the Eagles at the start of the second half put the Heat down by one. Not long after, the Eagles scored their third straight goal of the match, extending their lead to 3-1.

UBC Okanagan turned up the offensive pressure and created a number of chances before Heat defender Dylan Abbott (2nd year, Salmon Arm, BC) was able to break through and score the team’s second goal.

“It was a disappointing game,” observed head coach Dante Zanatta. “We had chances to even up the score, but not seeming to get the breaks this year.”

“We have some work ahead of us [on Sunday], and we’ll be working hard to improve,” added Zanatta. “We just have to focus and bring our best to play.”

The Heat will face the 5th nationally ranked Douglas College Royals (6W-0L-3T) Sunday, Oct 7 at 2 p.m. in Coquitlam at the Town Centre Fields in their last league road game of the season.

With today’s loss UBC Okanagan’s record is zero wins, five losses, and four ties; the Heat will face steep odds in trying to capture a playoff spot. Kwantlen (4W-1L-4T) with the win moves into third place in the PACWEST standings.

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