Heat win in dramatic fashion on home turf

Two late goals give UBC Okanagan a win over visiting Calgary. Host Lethbridge on Sunday at 3 p.m.

KELOWNA, BC —  The UBC Okanagan men’s soccer squad scored two late dramatic goals to that sent the Heat to a (3-2) victory over the Calgary Dinos on Saturday afternoon at Nonis Field in Kelowna.

Calgary had a 2-1 lead from the 35th until the 90th minute. With under sixty seconds left in regulation time, Calgary’s Lindon Fedorick blocked a shot with his arm in the box, and the resulting call of a hand ball gave UBC Okanagan a chance to draw even with a penalty kick. Heat midfielder Cole Kingzett was chosen to take it, and buried it for his first goal of the season.

Seconds after the ensuing kick-off, another foul was called against Calgary. Freshman defender Spencer Young took the free kick, putting the ball through the Dino defenders for first year forward Zach Rachynski. Sliding to beat Calgary keeper Hunter Brett to the ball, Rachynski tipped the ball past Brett, the ball trickled into the net giving the Heat the 3-2 lead and the victory in dramatic fashion.

The two goals for Calgary came from a pair of Dino forwards. Bori Falaye scored his third of the season following a Calgary corner kick, with some impressive footwork inside the box in the 27th minute.

Dominic Russo scored his sixth goal of the season with a strong shot from the edge of the penalty area, putting it past a diving Mitch McCaw and into the bottom right corner in the 35th minute. Falaye was also named Calgary’s MVP of the match.

UBC Okanagan’s MVP of the match was freshman midfielder Nikhil Reddy. Had the match not ended in as exciting a fashion, Reddy’s first goal of the season would have been the highlight of the match.

In the 19th minute, following a deflection inside the box, Reddy placed a perfect volley into the top left corner from the top of the penalty area.

With the win, UBC Okanagan improve their record to 2-2-1, and will play their next match Sunday, September 18 at 3 p.m. when they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Calgary’s record falls to 3-2-0, and they will play their next match Sunday as well, when they visit TRU to take on the WolfPack.

Scott Harrigan
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