October 19, 2013, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – With a playoff berth already sealed, the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team were playing for playoff seeding and momentum in Saturday afternoon’s matchup with the Langara Falcons.
While Langara kept up with UBC Okanagan in the first half, the second half was all Heat as they put away three goals to take the match 3-0 and exact their revenge on the visiting Falcons.
“I thought the girls played a solid 90 minutes today,” reflected Head head coach Claire Paterson, whose team lost to Langara, 2-0 in Richmond earlier in the season. “It was really good to see them come out fired up, trying to gain some momentum going into playoffs next week and get that feeling for goals. We created lots of chances and put three nice goals away today.”
After a first half of near misses on offense for both teams the dam opened up for the Heat in the second 45, as they notched all three of their goals in the second.
Just two minutes into the second defender Justine Drosdovech (2nd year, Kelowna, BC) sent in a beautiful cross off a corner kick to third year defender Hayley Carlson (Red Deer, AB), who buried the ball in the back of the net to give the Heat a 1-0 lead.
The Heat’s second goal of the game was a header off of a cross to by Heat rookie Haylee Lakovic (Forward, West Kelowna, BC). The goal Lakovic’s fifth of the season came just minutes after Heat keeper Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops, BC) make a diving save off a Langara strike by Falcon forward Chelsea Brown (2nd year, West Vancouver, BC) to preserve the Heat lead.
Just six minutes later Michelle Smith capitalized on a Langara defensive scramble and notched her sixth goal of the season, giving the Heat a commanding 3-0 lead that would hold for the rest of the match.
“The win felt so good today after losing to them at the beginning of the season,” commented Taylor Sarchet. “If we didn’t beat them by three goals today they would have won the head-to-head and kept us out of third.”
Many of the missed opportunities in the first half were created by the aggressive play of outbound fifth year Heat defender Jennifer Kidd (Richmond, BC), generating a number of opportunities for UBC Okanagan that they were unable to capitalize on. In the 11th minute of the half Falcon forward Amelia Brown (2nd year, West Vancouver, BC) was just a few steps offside on Langara’s best chance of the half, her goal called back as a result.
Heat midfielder Michelle Smith (3rd year, Vernon, BC), forward Madeleine Greig (3rd year, Penticton, BC) and midfielder Marissa Klees (4th year, Bellingham, WA) all had fantastic opportunities to score but couldn’t put them away before the half.
The Heat are now at 7-3-3 while the Falcons are at 6-4-3. With the win UBC Okanagan jumps over Langara in the standings to take third place. Should the Heat win on Sunday, they will clinch third heading into the PACWEST provincial championship. They wrap up the regular season tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Nonis Field as they take on the Quest Kermodes.
“We want to send a message to [Langara] because we’re probably going to see them in provincials first round,” added Sarchet. “We’re a little bit nervous because of our last match on their turf, but it’s the last game of the season for us and we definitely want to put it away.”
The four-team PACWEST provincial championship will be hosted by Vancouver Island University on October 26-27 at the Nanaimo Turf Field.
HEAT SCORING SUMMARY:
1. UBCO Hayley Carlson (2)
2. UBCO Haylee Lakovic (5)
3. UBCO Michelle Smith (6)