September 30, 2013, NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – The game of soccer is a rain or shine sport for good reason, even though Mother Nature may sometimes prove to be a cold mistress. The Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team would unfortunately run into said mistress for the second day straight, this time while visiting the Capilano Blues for a Sunday matchup that they would win 2-0.
After the Capilano Blues’ home turf was deemed unplayable following their Saturday matches with TRU, the venue was promptly changed to Cleveland Park at the base of Grouse Mountain.
Still, an extremely slippery pitch led to lots of slipping and skipping balls that made play extremely difficult for both sides. “It was definitely soupy out, which made it challenging,” said Heat head coach Claire Paterson. “Players slipping and the ball skipping … but we did well to come away with three points.”
Third-year forward Kirsten Dodds (Vernon, BC) would crank in each of the Heat’s goals in the outing, having herself a big weekend with her second and third of the season. Yesterday in Nanaimo, Dodds, last season’s leading goal-getter for the Heat, tallied her first of 2013.
“[She] came off the bench in the second half and instantly made an impact by running at players,” Paterson said of her veteran forward. Dodds would net her first point at the 57th minute, and then sneak in a last-minute effort at the 89th minute.
It was another clean-sheet for Heat keeper Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops, BC) who has now recorded her fourth shutout of the season.
The win against Capilano secures a six-point weekend for the Heat, now 5-2-1 (16 points) for the season, who continue to climb towards the top of the PACWEST standings. The Blues fall to 2-5-0 (6 points).
The Heat will hit the road for the last time this season to play the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops next Saturday, October 5. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.