Fourth year Heat defender Hayley Uyeyama fell to striker Alanna Bekkering and the TRU Wolfpack in the PACWEST final.

Silver lining for Heat women’s soccer

UBCO takes second place at PACWEST championship for second year in a row, losing to TRU

Another solid season for the Okanagan Heat women’s soccer squad ended with another silver medal.

The Heat settled for second best to Thompson Rivers University for the second year in a row, losing 1-0 to the Wolfpack Saturday night in the 2012 PACWEST final in Squamish.

TRU striker Alanna Bekkering notched the lone goal of the game for the Wolfpack with just a minute to play in the first half.

“We played well for sure,” said second year forward Madeleine Greig  “We just couldn’t put it away.”

Third year Heat goalkeeper Christine Tallon made countless saves throughout the game, but the Heat offense was unable to capitalize on any goal scoring chances in the second half.

Defender Hayley Carlson hit the crossbar on a header off of a cross from defender Jennifer Kidd, and Kirsten Dodds had a great opportunity inside the six-yard box, but the Heat were unable to convert either opportunity into a goal.

“Heartbreaking for us,” said Heat head coach Claire Paterson. “The girls left it all out on the field. I couldn’t ask for more. I’m very proud of them. It was only our second loss this season. We have come a long way in the past five years.”

The Heat, who lost just once during the regular season, defeated host Quest University 4-1 on Friday to advance to the championship match.

The Heat’s Tallon and the WolfPack’s Bekkering were named the players of the game. Bekkering also attained MVP honours for the tournament for the second straight year, while Jennifer Kidd was named tournament all-star defender and Christine Tallon earned the title of tournament all-star goalkeeper.

Bekkering was named top forward and Quest’s Jessica Freeman earned top midfielder to round out the all-stars for the tournament.

It was the third year in a row the Heat won a medal at provincials. UBCO captured bronze in 2010.

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