Heat notch three in win versus Douglas

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Cary Mellon

September 16, 2013, Coquitlam, BC (ISN) – A penalty-kick converted by Austin Jones (4th year, Vernon, BC) in the first half was all that was needed, as the Heat grabbed their second win of the season after downing the host Douglas College Royals Sunday by a score of 3-0 at the Towncentre fields in Coquitlam, BC.

“We controlled the game for the most part,” third year midfielder Donald Straith (Victoria, BC) noted after the Heat’s win over Douglas. “[We] worked very hard at the beginning of the game which took off some pressure at certain points.”

After Jones converted the penalty-kick, the Royals began applying heavy pressure to the Heat back line. Joe Gill (4th year, Abbottsford, BC) had to make a sliding save to keep the ball from crossing the goal-line late in the first half to preserve the Heat’s 1-0 lead.

The Heat would find their offensive groove in the second half, beginning with Logan Abbott’s (1st year, Salmon Arm, BC) header in the middle stages of the second half. Enzo Paal (1st year, Coldstream, BC) would add an insurance goal late (his second in three games) to push the Heat score to 3-0.

After a game of lost chances Saturday versus Kwantlen, the Heat were sure to make good on their chances Sunday. The Heat worked hard all afternoon and were rewarded as a result.

“Importantly we finished our chances with a few good goals,” explained Straith, “and kept another clean sheet.”

By keeping Douglas off the score-sheet, Logan Ellis (2nd year, Calgary, AB) now boasts three consecutive clean-sheets, as the Heat have not allowed a goal since the 75th minute of the season opener versus the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

With the win, the Heat’s record now sits at 2W-1L-1T, while the Royals fall to 2W-2L-0T.

The Heat will return to the road next weekend, traveling to Richmond and Squamish to face the Langara Falcons and Quest Kermodes. Game time for Saturday’s game versus Langara is 2:00 p.m., as is Sunday’s game versus Quest.

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