By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications with information from Nimai Trivadi, Heat Communications
KELOWNA, B.C. – The CIS No. 9 ranked University of Victoria Vikes and the UBC Okanagan Heat both failed to find the back of the net on Oct. 17 in a scoreless draw at Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna, B.C. The draw moves the Vikes to 4-2-3 on the season with three games remaining in the regular season, while the Heat are now 3-4-4.
The Vikes now stand in third place, amassing 15 points in the nine games they have played this season. The Heat are in fifth position and have 13 points in the 11 games. With the playoffs nearing, both teams will be geared up to give their best performances in the final stetch to the Canada West Playoffs.
Vikes goalkeeper Noah Pawlowski and Okanagan’s Christpher Cuthill earned clean sheets on the night, making seven and six saves, repectively. Fourth-year Vike’s midfielder Sam Prettetallied three of the Vikes’ shots on six attempts on goal.
The first half of the game saw both sides attempting to create a great amount of chances. However, each side’s defense was their stronghold resulting in the Vikes attempting eight shots versus the four attempted by the Heat.
Both the sides opened up their games and started playing with attacking intent in the second half, creating a large number of chances. The Heat took a total of 12 shots in the second half, ending the game with a total of 16 shots in the game. The Vikes took a total of ten shots in the second half, ending up with 18.
The best chance for the Vikes came in the 77th minute when midfielder Sam Prette‘s shot was met by a brilliant reflex save by goalkeeper Cuthill. Prette himself took six total shots during the game.
UBC Okanagan came close in the 88th minute when striker Enzo Paal made a skillful run past the Vikes’ defense, beating three men on his way, only for his shot to be palmed away by goalkeeper Pawlowski for a corner. Paal himself took four shots during the course of the game.
The Vikes now travel to Thompson Rivers Universityto take on the WolfPack on Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. UBC Okanagan will be hosting the UBC Thunderbirds in what is a must win game for them if they do have a chance for qualification. The game will take place on Sunday on the Nonis Sports Field with the match scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
The Vikes then return home to Centennial Stadium for their final home series of the regular season against Fraser Valley and Trinity Western Oct. 23-24.