Heat playoff hopes extinguished by Falcons

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October 14, 2012, KELOWNA, BC – In a must win situation for the UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team, the Heat came out creating a lot of goal-scoring chances early in the match. However, the team was unable to net a goal and found themselves on the short end of a 2-0 score to the Langara Falcons after the final whistle in Kelowna on Saturday at the Nonis Sports Field.

“We had our chances in the first half and early in the second half,” reflected Head head coach Dante Zanatta. “We played a lot better [today] but we just couldn’t finish.”

Second year forward Andrew Pinguelo (Vancouver, BC) had a look at the net in the 17th minute and freshman David Yesaya (Midfield/Defender, North York, ON) cracked a long shot from outside the 18-yard-box in the 19th minute, but both were unable to convert on their opportunities. In the 29th minute defender Dylan Abbott (2nd year, Salmon Arm, BC) put a hard boot to a pass off of a corner kick by Vernon native Austin Jones (3rd year, midfielder), but the shot sailed just over the bar.

During the second half the Heat held much of the possession, but in the 68th minute Falcon midfielder Mitchell Stokes (1st year, Richmond, BC) took advantage of a Heat defensive scramble and put Langara up 1-0. A little over ten minutes later junior Falcon forward Brett Wiens (Vancouver, BC) capitalized on a beautiful through ball to make the score 2-0 and out of reach for the Heat. The Falcon win also officially put the Heat men out of playoff contention.

“We let them back in [the second half],” added Zanatta. “We are all trying very hard to do our job, we just have to be more confident.”

The Heat’s record now stands at 0W-7L-4T in league play. The Falcons are now sitting at 6W-4L-1T.

The Heat play again tomorrow in Kelowna, October 14th at 2 p.m. vs. Quest University. The Langara Falcons will head to Thompson Rivers for their next game on Sunday.

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