October 7, 2013, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – It was the will of two goalies that kept scoring totals at bay in an otherwise high octane affair of Heat women’s soccer action Sunday afternoon.
Valley rival Thompson Rivers came to Kelowna and the Nonis turf hoping to sweep the weekend, and instead would settle for a draw 90 minutes later after third-year forward Kirsten Dodds (Vernon, BC) put away a rebound from a Jennifer Kidd (5th year, Richmond, BC) penalty kick in the final minute of the match.
“I thought we played a strong 90 minutes, it was better than yesterday for sure,” said heat coach Claire Paterson, referring to her team’s defeat in Kamloops Saturday. “I’m glad the girls responded and came out strong to defend the turf. We had tons of chances and limited theirs, so we’re happy with that.”
Heat keeper Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops, BC) kept stumping the WolfPack in the first half, deflecting a pair of free kicks and using quick hands to control a shot off the pass from a header in front of the net. She would finish the game with nine saves. Tallon and Kidd were named co-Players of the Game for their efforts.
On the other end of the turf, TRU’s keeper Emily Edmundson stymied a dominant Heat possession in the first half, and even managed to stop a breakaway attempt by second-year forward Taylor Candelario (Honolulu, HI).
A penalty kick by the WolfPack’s Marlie Rittinger in the 19th minute would put the ‘Pack on the board going into the half 1-0.
It was a more physical second half, with both teams going hard at each other to battle over possession and neither team getting very many quality looks. The Heat’s fifth-year defender Hayley Uyeyama took a hard fall to the ground after colliding with an opposing player in mid-air while heading the ball. Visibly shaken up, she would be carried off the field but looked to be fine postgame.
In the 89th minute the Heat would get a penalty kick opportunity of their own. Kidd’s shot rebounded off the keeper’s gloves and Dodds was there to clean it up for the 1-1 tie.
The Heat nearly stole the game away in the final thirty seconds as an attempt by Hayley Carlson (3rd year, Red Deer, AB) hit the crossbar.
“We created lots of chances,” Paterson reiterated after the match. “We finally got lucky with the rebound off the penalty shot, so something finally went our way.”
The Heat are now 5-3-2 for the season while the dominant WolfPack move to 8-0-2 (W-L-T). Finally back at home to close out the season, the Heat will be back in action next weekend to host the Kwantlen Eagles on Saturday, October 12 and the Douglas College Royals on Sunday, October 13. Kickoff is at 1 and 12 p.m., respectively.
Heat notes … Uyeyama is currently expected to be ready for next weekend. “She got knocked up when she went up and fell funny, so I’m hoping she’ll be ready for next weekend,” said her coach, Claire. “She looks fine … just get some treatment this week and get ready for the weekend.”