Heat midfielder Devon Fleming battles a Fraser Valley opponent in Canada West soccer action Saturday in Abbotsford

Heat men split with T’Wolves, women earn draw in Can West soccer

UBCO men pick up first win of season, women get a point against No. 4 Spartans

Rookie Jadan Wong scored the game winning goal in the seventy fifth minute with a bicycle kick, his unbelievable goal securing the Heat’s first Canada West men’s soccer win of the season on Friday night at the Nonis Sports Field, his goal led UBC Okanagan to a 2-1 win over the UNBC Timberwolves.

Wong’s game winner brought the crowd to their feet after his acrobatic goal hit the top left corner of the net during a scramble late in the second half . His goal was assisted on a cross by Jeevin Kang to Enzo Paal who had a beautiful touch pass that set up Wong’s masterpeice.

Heartbreaking for UNBC as Matt Jubenville had just knotted the score a minute earlier for the Timberwolves prior to Wong’s game winning goal. Jubenville had broken through the UBC Okanagan defense and found the back of the net on the bottom left corner, his unassisted marker was the only time UNBC had bested Heat keeper Tait Cuthill. The Twolves had been testing Cuthill all night long. Jubenville and forward Tofa Fakunle was the most persistent of the attackers, each finished with a pair of shots..

To capture his first win Cuthill needed to make four saves, including securing the ball in the 89th minute on a Tofa Fakunle break to secure the win for the Heat.

UBC Okanagan finally got on the scoreboard, in the game and on the season, in the 30th minute when freshmen Jeevin Kang scored his first career goal, a header that was assisted by sophomore forward Cole Kingzett. The 1-0 lead against the Timberwolves which they held until the second half.

The Heat were not without opportunities on the night as Kang, and another rookie, Luke Warkentin, both had great looks at the net only to be turned away by UNBC keeper Tyrone Venhola. Verhola finished with  eight saves in the 90 minute match. Kang was named player of the match for UBC Okanagan. Defender Gordon Hall earned that distinction for UNBC.

UBC Okanagan, after Friday night, improve their record to (1-2-0), UNBC, after today’s loss are still lokking for their first win (0-3-0). These teams will meet again on Saturday and after Friday’s physical and exciting match the rematch should even be better. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on the Nonis Sports Field.

Saturday: In the 56th minute, Timberwolves Brandon Wallace’s goal provides UNBC with their first win of the season at the expense of host UBC Okanagan in a Canada West men’s soccer match at the Nonis Sports Field. The T’wolves took the match with a 1-0 shutout over the Heat in Kelowna on Saturday night.

A miss timed pass by a UBC Okanagan defender allowed Wallace to finish the chance past a charging Heat keeper giving the Timberwolves a lead they would not relinquish.

UNBC captain Tofa Fakucle was instrumental in his team’s victory, he was persistent and created ample scoring opportunities for his team and managed three attempts himself. His creativity was key in the Timberwolves forcing the error in the Heat backfield that led to the winning goal.

Mitch MacFarlane, playing in goal on Saturday night for UNBC was vocal and commanded his team from the backline, he turned away all five of the UBC Okanagan attempts on the night.

UBC Okanagan enjoyed the majority of the possession throughout the match and finished with 12 shots compared to just nine for UNBC. The Timberwolves put seven on net compared to just five for the Kelowna squad.

Heat forward Luke Warkentin’s hard work provided him with three strong occasions at finding the back of the net. He found himself in the right spot on the end of a great pass from Heat midfielder Manny Straith’s cross in the 54th minute, unfortunately his volley was hauled in by the out stretched arms of goalkeeper Macfarlane.

Rookie, Kieran Large, of UBC Okanagan, made an instant impact off the bench dinging the post on one occasion.

After the pair of intense and physical matches both squads end the weekend with an identical (1-3-0) record.

The Timberwolves will return home to play the UFV Cascades next Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 26-27).

The Heat’s 4-game homestand comes to an end and UBC Okanagan will continue their campaign, this Friday September the 25 on the road against UVic at Centennial Stadium at 7:15 p.m. Then on Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday night in a rematch of last year’s Canada West quarter-finals against the UBC T’Birds.

Heat women

Michelle Smith’s goal in the 41st minute was nearly enough to upset the CIS No. 4 ranked Spartans, however  Trinity Western’s Alessandra Oliverio (Calgary) scored on a second-half penalty kick to rally the host Spartans to a (1-1) draw versus the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat Friday at Rogers Field.

Head coach of UBC Okanagan, Claire Paterson, was pleased with her team’s effort and result in playing the Spartans, a squad who have not lost more than once conference regular season match since 2011. Paterson stated simply that “It is a huge result to take point off this perennial power house.”

After UBC Okanagan’s Michelle Smith opened the scoring in the 41st minute, the second of the season fore the lone fifth year player on UBC Okanagan, the Spartans Oliverio evened the contest in the 52nd minute from the penalty spot.

Despite TWU firing off 14 shots in the second half alone and six on target, the Spartans were unable to complete the comeback and were held to a draw with the Heat for the first time since UBC Okanagan started competing in the CIS in 2014.

With her successful penalty, Oliverio is now five for five from the spot in her Canada West career.

Heat freshmen goalie Joella Koblischke, starting in her fifth consecutive conference match, made six saves to earn the draw, while TWU’s Ally Williamson (Langley) stopped two of the three shots she faced.

The Spartans are now (1-1-1) on the season while UBC Okanagan have only lost once, won once and have played three times to a draw. The Heat’s record is now (1-1-3). Since UBC Okanagan joined the CIS they have played to a draw in 37-percent of their matches (7-19).

The Spartans and Heat played a tight first half and it was Smith putting the defending conference champions on their heels when she found the back of the net. Madelyn Ellis earned an assist on the play.

After halftime, TWU returned to the pitch a much more determined lot and threw everything at the Heat net, but Oliverio was the only Spartan to beat Koblischke.

An 88th-minute shot on net from TWU’s Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) was the Spartans last gasp, but Koblischke was once again there to stymie the attempt.

The Spartans will now host Thompson Rivers Saturday at Rogers Field at 5 p.m. The Heat will travel to play Fraser Valley Saturday at 5 p.m.

Saturday: UBC Okanagan fell to the Cascades and a rookie’s game-breaking second half performance from Gurneet Dhaliwal as she powered her University of the Fraser Valley women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over the Heat on Saturday evening.

Playing under a steady drizzle at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, rookie forward/midfielder Dhaliwal scored two goals in three minutes to snap a 1-1 tie and lift the unbeaten, CIS No. 7-ranked Cascades to their third straight win.

UFV improved to 3-0-1 in Canada West play this season, while UBC Okanagan fell to 1-2-3.

Danica Kump gave UFV a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on Saturday. Shelby Beck made a lung-busting run down the left flank, beating a couple UBC Okanagan defenders before cutting the ball back to the penalty spot. Jade Palm was first to the ball but her effort on goal was stopped by Heat keeper Joella Koblischke. Kump found the ricochet and slotted the ball into the middle of the net.

UBC Okanagan would come close to equalizing just minutes later, when midfielder Madelyn Ellis launched a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards. UFV keeper Kayla Klim reacted quickly to bring the ball down before Heat attackers could get to it.

The Heat’s equalizer would come just before halftime. First-year forward Ally Ferronato received the ball from Mairi Horth on the left side before launching the ball on goal and into the top corner on the far side. The goal was the first in the rookie forward from Calgary’s Robert Thirsk’s secondary’s CIS career.

UBC Okanagan have scored six goals in their six conference games this season, Ferronato and Kaylin Ferguson, two rookies, have scored three of the six.

UFV retook the lead in the 66th minute courtesy of Dhaliwal. Kump played the ball from the right side through to Dhaliwal, who calmly chipped it over a charging Koblischke.

Dhaliwal’s second of the game came in quick succession. She again found herself in on goal in the 69th after a through pass from Brittney Zacharuk. Dhaliwal took a quick touch to settle the ball before slotting it into the left corner.

This coming week, the Cascades head to Edmonton to take on the University of Alberta Pandas on Friday, Sept. 25. Two days later, they visit Prince George to play the UNBC Timberwolves.

The Heat are at home next week, for their first time this season. After starting the year with six-straight matches on the road the Heat will play their home opener on Saturday when they face the UBC Thunderbirds, and then the get the  UVic Vikes at home on Sunday. Both games will be played on the Nonis Sports Field and will start at 2 p.m.


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