September 30, 2013, NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team played a tough and closer match than the final score would tell, ultimately being outlasted by the host Capilano Blues 1-4 at the final whistle in North Vancouver this past Sunday.
Heat coach Dante Zanatta was proud of the way his squad came out and fought, particularly in the tougher conditions due to a relentless rainstorm. Fourth-year midfielder Austin Jones (Vernon, BC) got the Heat on the board in the first half and cut an early 2-0 Blues lead to 2-1 going into the half. The goal was Jones’ second of the weekend, as he has gone five straight matches in which he has notched one goal – giving him a total of five on the season.
The second-half would be a back-and-forth battle with both teams getting great looks, including a free header by Jones that was brilliantly saved by the Blues’ keeper.
Capilano’s Daniel Rodman would then get an opportunity to make a long and wild shot that he somehow got to go top corner. “It was a world class shot,” admitted Zanatta. “I think our guys deflated a little bit, got caught off guard as they followed up with their fourth [goal].”
Jureet Dhaliwal was the Blues’ scorer following immediately behind Rodman. Despite several other great chances at net, the Blues’ keeper was on point and seemed to be making every save.
“It was just one of those games,” Zanatta said. “They got the four and we didn’t. All-in-all, not the result we wanted, but now it’s time to regroup and get ready for the rivalry next weekend.”
Zanatta refers to the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, whom the Heat will next travel to visit in Kamloops Saturday, October 5. Gametime at Hillside stadium is 3 p.m. On Sunday the Heat are finally back at home on the Nonis Turf Field with the first of five straight home tilts. Sunday’s game in Kelowna versus the WolfPack will start at 2 p.m.
The Heat are now 4-2-2, still holding onto a playoff seed as we conclude the fourth weekend of play. The Blues improve to 2-3-1 in the PACWEST standings.