October 5, 2013, Kamloops, BC – With the history between both programs, Saturday’s rematch of the 2012 PACWEST Provincial Final between the Heat and the WolfPack was expected to be a low-scoring, defensive, grind-it-out type of game.
However, it proved anything but that, as the WolfPack disposed of the Heat 5-2 at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.
About the only thing that played out as expected was the physicality. Both teams went right at each other from the first whistle, battling for position every step of the way. This slowed the ‘Pack attack until the 41st minute when Alanna Bekkering (5th year, Kamloops, BC) broke through to score the first goal of the game and put the WolfPack ahead 1-0.
Mairi Hoarth (2nd year, Ladysmith, BC) and the Heat battled all afternoon, but were unable to stop Alanna Bekkerring and the Thompson Rivers WolfPack
“We had a great first half controlling much of the play and being very threatening,” said Heat head coach Claire Paterson following the game. “But [TRU] broke out quickly just before the first half and notched one against us.”
In the second half Bekkering would add an assist to her stat line, helping Marlie Rittinger (Ashcroft, BC) put one away in the 55th to push the lead to 2-0.
Michelle Smith (3rd year, Vernon, BC) responded just a short time after the Rittinger goal to bring the Heat within one, 2-1. However, two Jaydene Radu (Calgary, AB) goals would extend the ‘Pack lead to 4-1. Haylee Lakovic (1st year, West Kelowna, BC) scored her fourth goal of the season so far to cut the lead to 4-2 in the 76th minute, but Thompson Rivers answered back with another in the 82nd to put the game out of reach at 5-2.
“We had a a few good chances today,” added Paterson. “We just didn’t have any luck finishing, and they [TRU] were on point. I don’t think the final score was indicative of our play, but all credit to TRU. They buried their shots and that is what we will need to do tomorrow.”
With the loss, the Heat fall to 5W-3L-1D, while the WolfPack improve to 8W-0L-1D.
However, home field advantage should prove to be a huge factor tomorrow for the Heat, as both teams will meet again tomorrow at Nonis Sports Field at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. Game time is scheduled for 12 p.m.