October 5, 2013, KAMLOOPS, BC. – The UBC Okanagan Heat and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack saw four lead changes and a 2-2 tie after 45′, and the Heat went into the second half feeling confident about their chances versus the top team in the PACWEST.
However, two unanswered TRU goals in the 63rd and 83rd minute put the game out of reach for the Heat, who were unable to topple the ‘Pack in a 4-2 loss on Saturday.
Donald Straith (3rd year, Victoria, BC) and the Heat went back-and-forth with TRU in the first half, but came up empty in the following 45 minutes
The WolfPack came out of the gate flying, scoring in the 8th minute off a header by Corey Wallis (3rd year, Enderby, BC) on a nice ball in by Justin Wallace (4th year, Kamloops, BC). However, the Heat would respond shortly thereafter in the 27th from an own goal by TRU after some heavy Heat pressure in the box. Enzo Paal (1st year, Coldstream, BC) was credited with the goal – his fourth goal so far this season.
TRU came right back at the Heat, however, with Justin Wallace adding a goal in the 35th to push the lead to 2-1 for TRU. Not even five minutes later, Dylan Abbott (3rd year, Salmon Arm, BC) tied the game at 2-2 on a beautifully-taken free-kick from 30 yards outside of the penalty area. After all the goal-scoring action in the first half, both teams headed into the locker rooms deadlocked at 2-2.
Undisciplined play would cost the Heat a goal and ultimately the game as a foul committed by the Heat allowed Corey Wallis to set up the free-kick inside the Heat area. His attempt hit the post, the rebound falling onto the foot of Mike Harvey (1st year, Calgary, AB). Logan Ellis (2nd year, Calgary, AB) miraculously made the initial save on the rebound, but Dion Gouldsborough (2nd year, Summerland, BC) found the rebound off of the Ellis save and buried it in the net to put the ‘Pack up 3-2. Gouldsborough would add another in the 83rd to solidify the 4-2 victory.
“Overall, I thought we played well today…we had some good chances in the second half,” said Jorden Leib (3rd year, Bellingham, WA) following the game. “When [TRU] scored, it was either because we gave the ball away or missed a tackle. We just need to fix those things for tomorrow.”
With the loss the Heat fall to 4W-3L-2D, while the WolfPack improve to 6W-1L-1D.
Both teams will get another shot at one another tomorrow, as UBC Okanagan will host the WolfPack at Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna at 2 p.m.