October 12, 2013, KELOWNA BC (ISN) – KELOWNA, B.C. – Hayley Carlson’s (3rd year, Red Deer, AB) goal in the 77th minute spoiled Lynnea Yee’s (1st year, Surrey, BC) two-goal performance, as the Heat were able to claw their way back and salvage a 2-2 tie versus the visiting Kwantlen Eagles Saturday at Nonis Field.
After an uneventful first half, both teams were off to the races after Mairi Horth (2nd year, Ladysmith, BC) put the Heat on the board first in the 52nd minute. A nifty through ball by Taylor Candelario (2nd year, Honolulu, HI) sent Horth on a break-away and she buried the shot five-hole on Kwantlen keeper Chelsea Jewell (3rd year, North Delta, BC).
Kwantlen would tie the game not eight minutes later, with Lynnea Yee scoring on a scramble in front of the net off a Kwantlen corner kick. She would put the Eagles ahead in the 64th minute off of some great dribbling that allowed her to gain open space in the Heat area; she buried the shot over the outstretched arms of Heat keeper Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops, BC) to put the Eagles up 2-1.
Despite the score and the minimal time remaining in the match, the Heat remained composed and came right back at the Eagles. Chances by Michelle Smith (3rd year, Vernon), Taylor Candelario, and Haylee Lakovic (1st year, West Kelowna, BC) had the Eagles reeling, when Hayley Carlson finally broke through in the 77th to tie the game at 2-2.
The Heat would almost steal the match in injury time, with Devon Fleming-Frame (1st year, Vancouver, BC) almost completing a tricky back-heel pass to a wide-open Taylor Sarchet (5th year, Surrey, BC). However, the pass fell short, and the game would finish in a 2-2 draw – a game that Heat head coach Claire Paterson believed should have been a win.
“It’s disappointing,” said Paterson following the game. “I thought we outplayed Kwantlen and created some fantastic chances. We just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net, and it’s incredibly frustrating when we are outplaying the other team.”
While it wasn’t the result the Heat were looking for, a single point from a tie is better than no points at all, and the Heat desperately need points in every game if they hope to remain stay afloat in the PACWEST playoff race.
With the draw, the Heat’s record now moves to 5W-3D-3L, with UBC Okanagan retaining the fourth and final playoff position. Meanwhile, Kwantlen moves into a tie for fifth place with Capilano University with a record of 2W-3D-5L.
The Heat will look for a win and three crucial points tomorrow, as they play host to the Douglas College Royals at 12 p.m. at Nonis Sports Field.