CALGARY, AB — The Heat fall for the first time in 2016 losing to the University of Calgary Dinos women’s soccer team 6-2 on Sunday at West Varsity Pitch, the Dinos extend their perfect start to the season.
Calgary is (2-0-0) in conference play, UBC Okanagan (1-1-0).
Both goals scored by UBC Okanagan were scored by first time Canada West goal scorers. Second year forward from Hawaii Lauren Candelario scored off of a set piece in the 55th minute. A freshman from Vernon and a product of the Thompson Okanagan FC, Maya Bandy scored with 10 minutes left in the match, Bandy’s marker was also off a well executed piece by the Heat.
Assistant UBCO coach Carli Tingstad confirmed that “Maya [Bandy] and Lo [Lauren Candelario] and the rest of the team played brilliantly.” She also indicated that the coaching staff was happy coming home with a split on a very tough opening road trip through Southern Alberta. “You have got to be positive, [The team] has lots to build off of.”
Facing a Calgary Dinos team that scored 10 goals in a Saturday drubbing of Thompson Rivers the offensively potent home squad came to play early and opened up a 3-0 halftime lead.
Tingstad said “Calgary had a game plan which allowed their style to thrive and they executed today.”
In the 11th minute, midfield Maddie Lee scored the first goal of the game and her first of the season. With no pressure release, just three minutes later, the Dinos scored another, with Mollee Ramsay passing to Natalie Arnett, whose skilled footwork allowed the team to take on a 2-0 lead.
The home side did not stop there, upping their tempo and, by the 32nd minute, was leading three-nil thanks to a penalty kick by Ramsay. This was Ramsay’s fourth goal this season, following a hat-trick in the season opener on Saturday.
Just after the break the Dinos unwearied perseverance paid off yet again in the 51st minute when Jordan Smith found herself with the ball close to the UBCO keeper Chloe Ainsworth. Jordan’s shot flew right beside the arms of Ainsworth, giving Calgary a 4-0 lead, and Smith her fourth goal of the season. Arnett drew the assist on the tally.
UBC Okanagan finally broke through and countered the Dinos onslaught when Candelario notched her goal in the 55th minute, this was the first scored on U of C so far in the season and cut into the Dinos lead (4-1).
Jordan Smith set up teammate Calgary Carmen Lee with a perfect scoring opportunity in the 69th minute, which Lee took full advantage of, raising the stakes to 5-1 and giving Smith her ninth point of the season after a record-setting seven-point outburst Saturday.
U of C rookie Kelsie MacDonald found the net for the third time this season moments later, in the 72nd minute, with the help of Maddie Lee.
Maya Bandy scored the final goal in the match off of a nifty setup from UBCO’s Saturday player of the match in sophomore Ally Ferronatom 79 minutes into the match. Emma Nelsen was named player of the match for UBC Okanagan on Sunday.
For the majority of the rainy, windy afternoon the field tilted in favor of Calgary as the Dinos fired 19 shots, forcing Ainsworth into four saves. UBCO managed 10 shots, pressuring the Dinos Sophia Traxler into four saves.
The Dinos will be away next weekend as they travel to face-off Mount Royal and MacEwan.
UBC Okanagan will be on home soil next weekend hosting UNBC and the University of Alberta for their home opener. Matches in Kelowna on Saturday and Sunday (Sep 17-18) at the Nonis Field. Both will start at 1 p.m.
HEAT NOTES: UBC Okanagan scored four goals on the road trip….three of those goals were the first scored in the players career. (Cassie Bratton (Sat), Lauren Candelario, Maya Bandy)…..Last season the team never scored four goals over a weekend of play….Courtney Hemmerling led UBCO in shots for the second straight match (3 both days)….UBCO midfielder Andrea Stinson played three seasons for the Dinos (2012-14) started and played 77 minutes for the Heat against her old squad…..