Kelowna, BC – The Heat men’s soccer team will look to build upon a strong 2017 season this fall as the youthful squad hope to return to the playoffs. Head coach Dante Zanatta will be at the helm once again for the Heat as he begins his eighth season with the squad.
A favourable early schedule with three of their first four matches on their home turf will give the team a chance to build some momentum before the season kicks in high-gear. The team will open up with back-to-back home games on August. 25th and 26th against Trinity Western and UFV respectively. Labour Day weekend the squad will face-off against rivals Thompson Rivers in a home-and-home on Friday August 31st in Kamloops and then Sunday September 2nd in Kelowna.
The Heat will be in for a tough road trip the following weekend as they travel to face the powerhouse UBC Thunderbirds and follow that up with a game against the University of Victoria Vikes. The men’s squad will continue its stint away from home the next weekend as they travel to Alberta to face-off with both the University of Lethbridge and the Mount Royal Cougars.
After two straight weekends away from home, the squad will return to the Nonis Sports Field on September 21st when they host the MacEwan Griffins that afternoon. Two days later The Saskatchewan Huskies will square-off with the Heat in Kelowna as the Heat will look to match their 5-1 win against the Huskies last season.
The Heat will play two more road games before their bye weekend which is October 5-7th. They will travel to Prince George the following weekend to face the Cougars in back-to-back games. The Final weekend of the regular season will see the Heat hosting the Victoria Vikes and UBC Thunderbirds in back-to-back games in the final two regular season games of the 2018 men’s soccer campaign.
The top four teams from the the Prairie and Pacific Division will qualify for the Canada West playoffs with the top two seeds in each division hosting the quarter-final games. The Final Four will be hosted by the highest remaining Prairie seed and if none make it the highest Pacific seed will host. The Final Four will be contested on November 3rd and 4th.
The following weekend the UBC Thunderbirds will play host to the USPORTS National Championship to wrap up the 2018 men’s soccer season.
Top 4 teams in each division qualify for playoffs. Due to teams playing a different number of regular season games (ie. 15, or 16), the divisional standings are sorted using winning percentage.
WEEK 1: Oct. 27 No (quarter-finals – single game)
Game 1 – Pacific #4 @ Prairie #1
Game 2 – Pacific #3 @ Prairie #2
Game 3 – Prairie #3 @ Pacific #2
Game 4 – Prairie #4 @ Pacific #1
WEEK 2: Nov. 3-4 (Final Four)
Hosted by highest remaining seed in the Prairie Division If no Prairie Division team wins in Week 1 then the host is the highest remaining seed from the Pacific Division
DAY 1 (semis)
Game 5 – Winner of Game 1 vs Winner of Game 3
Game 6 – Winner of GM 2 vs Winner of Game 4
DAY 2 (medal round)
Bronze Medal – Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Gold Medal – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
WEEK 3: Nov. 8-11 – U SPORTS national tournament (UBC)