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Men’s Soccer (Senior’s Day) – vs. the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (2 p.m.) [WEBCAST]**
** To be played at the Nonis Sports Field, UBC Okanagan
Schedule: The first game will be in Kamloops on Saturday, October 18 with kickoff at 2 p.m. at Hillside Stadium. Sunday, UBC Okanagan will say goodbye to four key players and then play the WolfPack at 2 p.m. at the Nonis Sports Field on UBC’s Okanagan Campus.
Last weekend UBC Okanagan: The Heat had a bye, but prior to the Thanksgiving weekend the Heat were on the road and tied with Victoria 1-1 (Oct 3) and lost to the UBC Thunderbirds (Oct 4).
Last weekend TRU: Hosting UNBC for a pair of games last weekend the WolfPack swept the Timberwolves in a 1-0 (Oct 10) followed by a 3-0 (Oct 11). Thompson Rivers would not be scored against by visiting UNBC.
Playoff scenario: The top four teams in each conference qualify for playoffs. Currently, UBC Okanagan sits in the fourth and final spot with 13 points. The only team to be officially eliminated from the chase is UNBC, who has their bye this weekend and only nine points in hand following a completed season. The potential win/loss/tie results are summarized below:
Win one: Heat in playoffs
Tie and Tie: Heat in playoffs
Lose and Tie: Kamloops still eliminated, but need Trinity Western to tie or lose their final match for Heat to make playoffs
* In this scenario, if Trinity wins their final match (at UBC), goal difference between the tied teams using all league and division games will determine the resultant tie-breaking situation (since both UBCO and TWU would possess 14 points, and the season series was split 2-1 in both games).
Leaders: A trio of Heat stars have provided the bulk of the offense this year. Rookie Cole Kingzett (Penticton, BC), second-year Enzo Paal (Coldstream, BC) and fourth-year Jorden Leib (Bellingham, WA) each have three goals to their name this season.
At home: The Heat are 2-2 at home this season and find little trouble finding the back of the net on their home turf. They have scored five of their season total ten goals at home so far this season.
Versus TRU: The two squads have yet to face each other for their debut tours in Canada West, but they split the season series last year in a 4-2 Heat loss in Kamloops (Oct 5, 2013) and a 3-2 win at Hillside stadium.
Graduating players: Although with playoff aspirations Sunday may not be the final game of these four players career, but it will most definitely be the final game in front of the UBC Okanagan faithful for these men’s soccer standouts: Dylan Abbott (D, Salmon Arm, BC), Joe Gill (D, Abbotsford, BC), Austin Jones (F, Vernon, BC), Nick Kmet (D, Sherwood Park, AB)
Abbott: Dylan is graduating after four years with a degree in Environment and sustainability, from Salmon Arm, the Abbott family has been synonymous with soccer on the UBC Okanagan campus since 2008. His sister Natalie played for the women’s team in 2008/09 and his younger brother Logan is now with the team.
Soccer is a family affair because there is rarely a home game without numerous members of the Abbott family in attendance at Nonis Field.
Amassing 6 goals in his career Dylan was a member of the bronze medal team as a first year player. Last season Dylan was awarded the team’s most valuable player award at the end of year banquet.
Gill: Joe Gil has been an invaluable asset to the team these past four years, brought into the fold at the same time as coach Zanatta Gill came from Fraser Valley out of the Canada West league and instantly added some toughness and ability to the new coaches back line.
With Gill’s experience the new coach and young team medaled for the first time in the modern era at the provincial championships coming away with bronze right here at Nonis Field.
As a defender Gill doesn’t have a bunch of goals to his name but a testament to his career and ability with the team is that it was very rarely there would not be on the field in during any regular season match.
Jones: The fifth year forward from Vernon will graduate with a Management degree this June, he, like Gill transferred to the Heat in 2011 and won that bronze medal.
Jones went from Vernon to the University of Concordia in Oregon and then to the Heat. Jones has been a consistent and streaky scorer will at UBC Okanagan with 2, 6, 5, 1 goals per year. His 14 goals total is 2nd on the all-time list behind Thomas Simkins.
In his third year Jones was a provincial all-star and an academic all-Canadian, and was a nominee for the UBC Okanagan male athlete of the year. He also scored the rare hat-trick in a game versus Quest. Last season Austin was once again a nominee for athlete of the year, he was also a provincial all-star and scored 5 goals on the season; his 5 goals came in 5 consecutive games.
Kmet: Nick a human kinetics student from Sherwood Park, AB will graduate in June and wrap up his career with the Heat as one of the more versatile players. Nick has played most positions in his time with UBC Okanagan, except keeper. In his second year in 2012 Nick was awarded the coaches award for his efforts on the field. In his first two year’s Nick was listed for most every game, these past few years and one knee surgery later Kmet has had trouble getting consistently on the field.
3.3 The following tie breaking criteria are used in prioritized order to determine League and
1. Previous match results between the tied teams.
2. Goal difference in head to head competition between the tied teams.
3. Goal difference between the tied teams using all league and divisional games.
4. Total goals scored by the tied teams using all league and divisional games.
5. Coin toss by the Convenor.