Sept 7, 2014 (ISN) – PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Fresh off their first Canada West win in as many appearances in
the league, the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team could not sweep the weekend,
settling for a split with their host UNBC Timberwolves following a 2-1 result Sunday
Down 2-0 early, the Heat seemed shell shocked at a revitalized Timberwolves team
that saw forwards Francessco Bartolillo and Tofa Fakunle get on the board in the
first half with a goal apiece in the 12th and 34th minute, respectively.
“They came out with a little bit more urgency,” commented UBC Okanagan head coach
Dante Zanatta postgame. “I think the boys responded well in the second half, and put
them under lots of pressure.”
Unfortunately, a stronger second half would not be enough for the Heat. Though
fifth-year forward Austin
Jones (Vernon, BC) would notch
a goal to cut the deficit to a 2-1 margin ten minutes into the period, the Heat were
unable to find goal number two and the score would stand through the final whistle.
“We just have to get better around the net,” Zanatta continued. “Austin had another
one where he caught the keeper out–we all thought it was going in but the keeper
got a fingertip to it and pushed it wide. Jordan
Leib [4th year, Bellingham, WA]
also had a few good looks but shot wide. We just couldn’t get the elusive second
one. I think [if we had], we would have gotten the third one.”
Following a stellar match Saturday wherein he notched his first Canada West shutout,
second-year Heat keeper Christopher Cuthill was pressured more heavily in the
rematch, having to deal with double the number of shots on goal (12 shots to
Saturday’s 6). However, the young keeper showed impressive poise in the second half
to keep that period clean despite the late game barrage by UNBC to try and put the
game away for good.
Moving to .500 with a 1-1-0 record, the Heat are in Kelowna next weekend for their
home opener against the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday (Sep 12) night at the Nonis
Sports Field with the game set to start at 7 p.m.
On Saturday at UBC Okanagan the Trinity Western Spartans will provide the day’s
challenge for the Heat with the contest to start at 7 p.m. on the Nonis Sports
HEAT NOTES: Austin Jones scored his 16th career goal for UBC Okanagan, he needs just
one more to tie Thomas Simkins (2005-2012) for first place as the all-time leading
goal scorer at this institution…..Rookies Cole Kingzett (Penticton, BC) and Shaun
Pilcher (Coquitlam, BC) started both Canada West games this weekend.