Men’s first star – Mitch McCaw
UBC Okanagan Heat soccer
Game log: Saturday, Oct. 7 – two-save shutout in 0-0 D vs. UNBC / Sunday, Oct. 8 – three-save shutout in 0-0 D vs. UNBC.
With two more shutouts this past weekend UBC Okanagan goal keeper Mitch McCaw has set a modern day (2006-present) in-season Canada West conference record with six consecutive clean sheets.
609 minutes without allowing a goal for the Heat keeper has kept his team in the middle of the playoff race in the Canada West’s Pacific Division although UBCO was also not able to spin a goal in their two matches versus UNBC this past Saturday Sunday.
The pressure mounted on McCaw as the minutes ticked by and the matches remained scoreless. On Saturday, he recorded two saves against UNBC – a team that just the previous weekend upended UBC. On Sunday with both squads pushing to find that elusive goal, the fifth-year senior was forced into more action and forced to make only three saves but all three were solid chances for that Timberwolves that McCaw deftly turned aside.
With the help of his backline and McCaw controlling the box, the Heat established a pace of play for the match that didn’t allow UNBC to build any momentum. McCaw used his entire 6-foot two frame to handle the corners and free kicks aimed his way.
With the increase in winning percentage, UBC Okanagan now find themselves in second-place in the divisional with a tough road trip this weekend with matches in Victoria on Friday night and in Vancouver at UBC on Saturday.
This is the third straight week McCaw has been named a star of the week. The previous two he was awarded the second star, third is his first time being named the First Star and second First Star of the Week in UBC Okanagan’s history in Canada West. The only other CW conference first star was McCaw – last season after last year’s season McCaw was named the UBC Okanagan Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.
Mitch McCaw on his third straight star of the week
“Even though it is an individual award, it would not have been achievable without the whole defensive effort of the group and I’m lucky enough to be recognized for their outstanding play. Shaun [Pilcher], Hamish [Walde] and Bret [Depner] have been a fundamental piece of our success. With Shaun and Hamish scoring a few goals each this season offensively and defensively those two have been the driving force behind our progress this year.”
“It’s admirable to see the younger players like Sam [McDonald] and Aaron [Mulama] step up to the task of competing with some of the best offensive players in Western Canada. I could go on about individual performances, but a prominent reason why we continue to perform is because of the collaborative effort of the group. It’s an absolute pleasure being able to play behind these skillful guys and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the process.”