Graduating players Mairi Horth (left) and Michelle Smith played their last games with the UBC Okanagan women's soccer team as the Heat closed out the Canada West season at home on the weekend.

Heat women split on final weekend

UBC Okanagan soccer team earns win and tie to end Canada West season, bids farewell to a pair of veteran players

  • Mon Oct 26th, 2015 11:00am
  • Sports

A win and a draw on their home turf marked the final weekend of the Canada women’s soccer season for the UBC Okanagan Heat.

The Heat finished its second campaign in the CIS in seventh place in the West division with a 2-8-4 record.

On Saturday at Nonis Field, the Courtney Hemmerling scored both Heat goals in the second half for a 2-0 victory over the UNBC Timberwolves.

The KSS grad scored in the 51st and 65th minutes of play.

Second-year goalkeeper Francesca Balletta finished with her first clean sheet the first shutout at home for the Heat this season.

On Sunday, in a game that marked the end of the Heat careers of two players, the Alberta Pandas downed UBCO 3-1.

First-year forward Kaylin Ferguson scored the lone goal for the home side.

The Heat took time to honour two graduating players, Mairi Horth and Michelle Smith.

Horth, from Ladysmith, started every match for the Heat the last two years.

Horth reflected on her final season with the program.

“It was really good, I really enjoyed it,” I thought it was a hard year for us, we were a pretty young team so I think for us it was just learning and getting to know everyone really well, just learning how to play with each other.”

Smith, from Vernon, scored 16 goals in 64 matches, the second most goals by one player in school history.

“I learnt that your teammates are your best friends, that’s the biggest thing I learned,” said Smith, looking back on her career.