Kelowna, BC – After missing the playoffs by just four points last season, the Heat women’s soccer team will look to rebound and make a run once again at the Canada West postseason.
It will be a little later start to the season for the women’s squad compared to the men, as they open up the season on September 8th against Prince George in Kelowna. The following day they will host MacEwan before they play the next four games on the road.
A trip to Alberta the following weekend will see the team take on both the Mount Royal Cougars and Alberta Pandas in back-to-back games and the schedule doesn’t get much easier, as the next weekend they travel to face the UBC Thunderbirds and UVIC Vikes. The T-Birds and Vikes finished second and third respectively last season in the pacific division so it will be a tough task to grab points from those two teams away from home.
After three weeks away from home, the Heat will return to the Nonis sports field on September 29th, when they square off against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades. Another home game will following on that Sunday, as a very talented Trinity Western Spartans team will make the trip to the Okanagan for a Sunday matinee game.
The first week of October marks rivalry weekend for the team, as they will travel to Kamloops on a Thursday night to face the WolfPack and then return home on the Saturday to once again face their rivals. This game will count towards the Presidents Cup Trophy which is awarded to the school with the most wins in all three Canada West sports (basketball, soccer, volleyball, and now cross country) throughout the season.
The Heat’s final three games of the regular season include a home date with the Winnipeg Wesmen, and two road games, in a long road trip to Edmonton and then Prince George on the same weekend, against the MacEwan Griffins and UNBC Timberwolves.
The top six teams from both the pacific and prairie division will qualify for the Canada West playoffs which start on October 26th. The top two seeds in each division earn a bye for the first round of the playoffs and will host the quarterfinal matchups. The Final four will be hosted by the highest remaining Pacific Division seed on November 2nd to 4th. The 2018 USPORTS National Championship will take place in Ottawa, Ontario from November 8-11th.
OTES: Top 6 teams in each division qualify for playoffs. Divisional standings are sorted by points.
Oct. 26 (single game play-ins)
Game A: Pacific #3 vs. Prairie #6 @ Prairie #2
Game B: Prairie #3 vs. Pacific #6 @ Pacific #2
Game C: Pacific #4 vs. Prairie #5 @ Prairie #1
Game D: Prairie #4 vs. Pacific #5 @ Pacific #1
Oct. 28 (single game quarter-finals)
Game E: Winner of A vs. Prairie #2 @ Prairie #2
Game F: Winner of B vs. Pacific #2 @ Pacific #2
Game G: Winner of C vs. Prairie #1 @ Prairie #1
Game H: Winner of D vs. Pacific #1 @ Pacific #1
WEEK 2: Nov. 2-4 (Final Four)
Hosted by highest remaining seed in the Pacific Division team. If no Pacific Division team wins in Week 1 then the host is the highest remaining seed from the Prairie Division
DAY 1 (semis)
Winner of E vs Winner of H
Winner of F vs Winner of G
DAY 2 (medal round)
WEEK 3: Nov. 8-11 – U SPORTS national tournament (Ottawa)