September 29, 2013, NANAIMO, B.C. – A week after dropping two consecutive scoreless matches on the road, the Heat women’s soccer team came out in force Saturday afternoon with a convincing 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Island Mariners to get back to their winning ways.
On the road in Nanaimo, the match was nearly rained out. Still, the Heat were both resilient and relentless in their pursuit. “We played well today all across the park,” said Heat coach Claire Paterson postgame. “The team really came together to capture the 4-0 win.”
Third-year forward Madeleine Greig (Penticton, BC) was first on the board for the Heat, with a powerful strike that just slipped by VIU’s keeper Shelby Walker. The score would stand 1-0 into the half.
The floodgates would open down the stretch of the second half, with plenty of opportunities for the Okanagan squad. Forwards Haylee Lakovic (1st year, West Kelowna, BC) and Kirsten Dodds (3rd year, Vernon, BC) chipping in one apiece. For the freshman Lakovic she has tallied three goals on the year, for Dodds, this was her first in 2013.
Comfortably sitting on a 3-0 lead with under ten minutes left, the match would never be treated like another drill by the Heat, who kept the gas pedal floored, leading to a Taylor Sarchet (5th year, Surrey, BC) goal in the waning moments of the match.
Fourth-year keeper Christine Tallon (Kamloops, BC) snagged her third clean-sheet of the season, all of which have been on the road. She did not play when the Heat hosted VIU in the season opener as she was still recovering from a concussion during the preseason.
The Mariners will be hosting the PACWEST championships this season on October 26-27, and the Heat got a taste of the Mariners’ Beban Park turf, VIU’s newest home field.
The UBC Okanagan Heat improve to 4-2-1 after the victory while the Mariners fall to 2-4-1. The Heat win will be a setback to the Mariners’ playoffs ambitions as they will remain in fifth-place with seven points, while the formerly fourth-seeded Heat look to move back up the ranks and lock on to a berth.
The team will catch a ferry back to the mainland and will next play the Capilano Blues on Sunday. Kickoff is at 12 p.m.