The UBC Onanagan Heat women are gearing up for their last college league tour before making the jump to Canada West soccer competition in 2014.
A visit to Mount Royal in Calgary for the Alberta Cup on Aug. 24 was the team’s first crack at Canada West competition in 2013 where they came away with a 1-2 result.
The women squared off with the University of Alberta first, where coach Claire Paterson was proud to “see some second year players’ step up their (performances).” Caitlin “CJ” Murchie (second-year, Calgary) netted the Heat a goal off of a cross from Lana Finley (third-year, Kelowna) that she volleyed top shelf. Struggles to beat Alberta’s keeper would result in a 4-1 victory for the Pandas.
Next up, UBCO defeated was Lethbridge 2-0. Second-year midfielder Mairi Horth (Ladysmith) and fourth-year forward Lindsey Briggs (Delta) were the goal getters for the Heat down the stretch. Midfielder Michelle Smith (Vernon) played the full 90 minutes as keeper for the shutout.
The host, Mount Royal, would be last for the Heat, with Paterson opting to try different player combos as the bench was shortened due to the injury and fatigue.
A 3-0 victory for the Cougars would cap off the tourney for the Heat.
The Heat will continue preparing for their final PACWEST and CCAA tour, travelling for one last exhibition this in the Lower Mainland.
Heat soccer kicks off the regular season at home versus the Vancouver Island Mariners on Saturday, Sept. 7 with the women to begin play at 1 p.m. The action will take place at the Nonis Sports Field on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
The Heat men continued their pre-season training schedule by completing a west coast swing from Aug. 24 to 26 against a variety of powerhouse opponents. The team will be making the jump to Canada West competition next season and hopes to learn and improve as much as it can in its outings versus such teams.
On Saturday, the Heat played a tight contest against the Vancouver Metro Soccer League’s Langley club and wound up with a 2-2 tie. Sophomore midfielder Darrell Plantz (Aldergrove) and rookie Logan Abbott (Salmon Arm) each netted a point for the UBC Okanagan Heat.
Sunday the team knotted another tie south of the border while visiting the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Third-year midfielder Austin Jones (Vernon) was the lone scorer for the Heat in the outing.
With a campus-to-campus rivalry already established between the volleyball and basketball squads for each of UBC’s campuses, the men’s soccer team is already ready to join the fun, and got their crack on Monday when the Heat took on the defending CIS men’s champion Thunderbirds at Thunderbird Stadium on Monday night.
Rookie Enzo Paal (Coldstream) the Heat’s lone marker in a 4-1 loss.
The team hopes to take the lessons learned over the weekend into the regular season, which they open at home next weekend.
Saturday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. the Heat’s first game will be against the 2012 national silver medalists, the Vancouver Island Mariners.