UBCO Heat soccer teams off to good start with wins on the road

Men's and women's teams both win twice on the weekend

UBCO women's soccer player Lindsey Briggs scored the game winning goal on Sunday to complete the Heat’s opening weekend sweep.

The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team started the season strong, extending a regular season winning streak with two wins to open the BCCAA season.

Opening the season with two games in the lower mainlaind, the Heat earned a tense 1-0 victory over two time defending BCCAA champion Kwantlen College on Sunday after a 5-0 win over Douglas College on Saturday.

On Sunday in a fiercely competitive match against Kwantlen the game was scoreless until the 73rd minute when Lindsey Briggs scored the deciding goal.

The victory completed a sweep of their two game road trip.

“It was a hard fought, physical match and we played pretty well today,” said head coach Claire Paterson. “But we opened the door for them at the end of the match; we were fortunate that they didn’t claw the goal back and tie the game up. Capturing the six points in the standings this weekend was really important for us as we only see those teams once in league play.”

After taking the lead Kwantlen pushed hard for the tie sending several extra attackers deep but veteran keeper Sabrina Gasparac and the Heat’s backline were able to contain the Eagles.

“We played a little frantic in today’s game but we utilized our width and fought for every ball which led us to our goal,” said team co-captain Jennifer Kidd. “I hope our success this past weekend translates to next weekend’s home opener.”

On Saturday Kirsten Dodds and Marissa Klees each scored twice whil Lindsey Briggs scored once in the 5-0 win over Douglas College.

Next action for the women’s soccer team will be this Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Heat battle the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack in the Heat women’s home opener at Nonis Field on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

 

Men’s soccer

The UBCO Heat men’s soccer team received goals from four different players as the won their second game in as many days on the road, defeating the Kwantlen Eagles 4-0 Sunday afternoon in Surrey.

Austin Jones, Mason Hampel, Thomas Simkins, and Dylan Abbott scored for the Heat who also entered the scoresheet in the second half.

That followed a nice win on Saturday as Andrew Pinguelo notched both Hear goals in a 2-1 win over Douglas College, the defending BCCAA bronze medalists.

The wins were the first for new men’s soccer coach Dante Zanatta.

“It was a good start to the season,” he said. “Any time you can go away and get six points on a road trip you have to be substantially happy about it. We have a long ways to go; we have to come home and have a good week of training and prepare for TRU this Saturday.”

The Heat will play the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack in a single game this Saturday in Kamloops at 1 p.m. The men’s home opener will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Nonis Turf Field.

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