Rookie Lucas Krivak topples No. 2 TRU in eleventh-hour effort

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October 7, 2013, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – First-year midfielder Lucas Krivak (Port Moody, BC) would not shy from the limelight while on a breakaway and put the ball away 83 minutes in to seal a 3-2 victory for the Heat Sunday afternoon over valley rival Thompson Rivers University.

The Heat’s Donald Straith (3rd year, Victoria, BC) would draw first blood when he scored in the first six minutes off an open look from the left side. The WolfPack’s senior midfielder Justin Wallace would sink a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to tie things up 1-1 heading into the half. 

The extremely athletic Wallace came out halfway through the second half to put away his second goal of the game off of an unassisted look from the right side. 

The Heat would look for offense by committee as third-year midfielder Jordan Lieb (Bellingham, WA) would snipe a shot from deep past the keeper for the 2-2 tie around the 60th minute. 

Krivak’s goal visibly cranked up the adrenaline for both teams, as very physical play marked the final minutes of the game. A header in front of the net would scare Heat keeper Logan Ellis (second-year, Calgary, AB) but the home team would hold the ‘Pack off until the whistle. Ellis would finish with two saves of five shots on target. 

“I thought the team stayed with the game plan, which was to put pressure on their back four and play over the top,” said Heat coach Dante Zanatta, “Sometimes it’s not the prettiest soccer, but you recognize maybe that that’s the abilities of some us.” 

After a disappointing loss in Kamloops yesterday to TRU, Zanatta was pleased with how his team responded against the No. 2 ranked team in the CCAA. “For them to have a bit of a disappointment yesterday, and come back today and gut it out … as much as I always like to see pretty football—they still tried to play and do those things—we said early in the game that today was about doing the little things and being committed to it,” the coach said. 

Krivak now has recorded his second goal of the season and his career in Heat uniform, and looks already to be another viable offensive weapon in the team’s scoring-by-committee scheme. “It’s always nice when you have numerous people who can step up,” commented Zanatta. “We all want the Ronaldo or Messi … For us, we’re a team by committee. For some teams, if you have one guy you can kind of key in on him, whereas we can maybe spread it out.”