Heat women scoreless in first loss of season

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September 22, 2013, Richmond, BC (ISN) – Heat soccer visited the coast again this weekend to visit the Langara Falcons in Richmond on Saturday.

The women’s team had so far not dropped a match over the first two weekends of the 2013 season, and they looked to extend that streak against the Falcons. However, Langara would ultimately prevail in a tough offensive outing for the Heat to claim the match 2-0 at Hugh Boyd Park.

“We struggled today coming out flat and Langara did well to come after us,” said Heat coach Claire Paterson postgame. “We had a better spell in the second half but it was too little too late.”

The Falcons’ Alyssa Graeme got on the board first with a shot just wide of the Heat’s keeper Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops, BC) in the 30th minute. The score would stand 1-0 into the half.

Amrit Berar would knock in the second goal for Langara in the 70th minute to cushion the team’s lead and deflate the chances of a Heat comeback. Despite a concerted effort and several chances down the stretch, the 2-0 Falcons lead would stand through the final whistle.

“Loads [of chances] in the last 20,” Paterson said of her team’s late-game efforts. “[We] couldn’t capitalize [and] the chances just didn’t sit for us.”

Midfielder Mairi Horth (2nd year, Ladysmith, BC) was the Heat’s player of the game, generating her team’s best chances down the stretch of the match despite not being able to convert.

The No. 10 ranked Heat are now 3-1-1 for the season and will head to Squamish Sunday for an outing against No. 12 Quest University, who are currently third in the PACWEST, just behind the Heat at 3W-2L-0T. Kickoff is at 12 p.m.

Scott Harrigan
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