October 27, SQUAMISH, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team got silver at the PACWEST provincial soccer final for the second year in a row after falling to their interior rivals, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, 1-0 on Saturday night.
“We played well for sure,” commented second year forward Madeleine Greig (Penticton, BC). “We just couldn’t put it away.”
TRU striker Alanna Bekkering (4th year, Kamloops, BC) notched the lone goal of the game for the WolfPack in the final minute of the first half.
Third year Heat goalkeeper Christine Tallon (Kamloops, BC) made countless saves throughout the game, but the Heat offense was unable to capitalize on any goalscoring chances in the second half.
Defender Hayley Carlson (2nd year, Red Deer, AB) hit the crossbar on a header off of a cross from defender Jennifer Kidd (4th year, Richmond, BC) and Kirsten Dodds (2nd year, forward, Vernon, BC) had a great opportunity inside the 6-yard box, but the Heat were unable to convert either opportunity into a goal.
“Heartbreaking for us,” added Heat head coach Claire Paterson. “The girls left it all out on the field. I couldn’t ask for more; I’m very proud of them. It was only our second loss this season. We have come a long way in the past five years.”
The Heat’s Tallon and the WolfPack’s Bekkering were named the players of the game. Bekkering also attained MVP honours for the tournament – for the second straight year, while Heat defender Jennifer Kidd (4th year, Richmond, BC) was named Tournament All-star Defender and Christine Tallon earned the title of Tournament All-star Goalkeeper. Bekkering was named top forward and Quest’s Jessica Freeman earned top midfielder to round out the all-stars for the tournament.