Heat women bronzed in provincial soccer
The UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer team said farewell to the PACWEST conference with its fourth medal in as many years at the B.C. collegiate championship.
The Heat, who will enter the Canada West university conference next season, defeated the Langara Falcons 3-2 Sunday in Nanaimo to claim the bronze medal.
Although the UBCO women, after back-to-back B.C. silver medals, fell short of their goal of a provincial title, the Heat was happy to finish the season with an exhilarating victory.
Just a day earlier, the Heat's gold medal aspirations were dashed in a 3-1 loss to Quest in the semifinal.
“We are so proud of the team," said assistant coach Ashlee Davison, who handled most of the coaching duties this weekend for an ill head coach, Claire Paterson. "They showed great character after a tough loss and battled hard in the game against Langara.”
In the bronze medal game, the Heat fell behind early against Langara as the Falcons scored just two minutes in, but responded quickly as Kirsten Dodds tallied in the 14th minute to tie the game.
In the second half, UBCO put the game away on goals by Lindsey Briggs and three-time all-star Hayley Carlson.
Dodds, a product of Vernon, was named the top forward at the championship.
According to Davison, Dodds was "exceptional in both games and had the weekend of her season."
With their head coach not at 100 percent, Davison was pleased with how the team captains stepped up their play as midfielder Marissa Klees “set the tone for the weekend with her incredible work ethic and never-say-die attitude.”
Hayley Carlson, the other captain, “was a force to be reckoned with for other team’s offensive players, and she was our rock at the back,” Davison noted.
It was an emotional game for the Heat, as six members of the team knew before stepping on the turf that today’s game would be their last match in a Heat uniform, yet they were still able to provide the spark to propel the Heat to victory.
“Our seniors, somewhat emotional,” explained Davison, “stepped up as leaders and showed great poise and determination."
This was the last UBC Okanagan Heat soccer game in both the PACWEST and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Both the men’s and the women’s soccer teams from UBC’s Okanagan campus will play the 2014 season in the Canada West conference of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport).