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Heat women secure PACWEST playoff spot
With a PACWEST playoff berth already locked up, the UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer squad will close out the 2013 regular season on their home turf this weekend against two tough opponents.
Claire Paterson's crew will take on the Langara Falcons Saturday at Nonis Field, followed by Quest Kermodes on Sunday.
The Heat is currently tied with Langara for third spot with 21 points each, six points in arrears of second place Quest.
UBCO (6-3-3) clinched a post season spot on Sunday with a 3-0 home turf shutout over the Douglas College Royals.
Devon Fleming-Frame, with her first career goal, Lindsey Briggs and Michelle Smith, with her fifth of the season, all scored for the Heat in the second half.
"We got the result (Sunday) that I would expect," said Heat head coach Claire Paterson following the game. "I was happy with how the team came to play. Three great goals… and it was great to see Devon get on the scoreboard with her first career goal. That was awesome."
In Saturday, the Heat earned a 2-2 draw with the Kwantlen Eagles as Hayley Carslon connected for the tying marker in the 77th minute.
Mairi Horth, with her first of the season, also scored for UBCO.
The UBCO men's PACWEST playoff fate will come down to the final weekend of the regular season.
The Heat (5-3-4) are currently tied with the Vancouver Island Mariners for the fourth and final berth.
UBCO will host first-place Langara (8-1-3) and last place Quest (0-3-9) this weekend at Nonis Field, while VIU faces Kwantlen (2-3-7) and Douglas (7-2-3).
If the teams end up tied at season's end, VIU would win the tiebreaker based on head-to-head play.
Last weekend, the Heat didn't help its cause by earning just one point in two games.
On Saturday, Kwantlen blanked the Heat 1-0 on a goal in the 81st minute.
On Sunday, UBCO let a 2-0 lead slip and had to settle for a 2-2 draw with the Douglas Royals.
After Saturday’s narrow loss, Heat coach Dante Zanatta was preaching ‘better ball movement’ and to ‘create more opportunities’. His team responded in kind with fluidic offensive pressure that kept the Royals on their heels for the first half of the match.
“We tasked the players to be individually be three to five per cent better,” Zanatta said. “If you put all those together you get a better performance, and I think everybody today did that. As a coach, you can never criticize the group for that. They played better."
Rookie midfielder Enzo Paal scored both Heat goals, his fifth and sixth of the season.