Dante Zanatta’s UBC Okanagan Heat will be in Kamloops on Thursday to kick off a home-and-home set against the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack in Canada West men’s soccer action.
The teams will meet again Saturday afternoon at Nonis Field in Kelowna for a 3 p.m. start.
With the Heat (4-4-2) currently in third place in the Pacific Division and the ‘Pack (3-6-1) in fifth, it’s a key set of games for both sides.
The Heat are coming off a split of games in Prince George with UNBC.
On Saturday, the Heat prevailed with 2-0 victory over the Timberwolves. Freshmen Spencer Young, in the 18th minute, and Corbin Beauchemin, in the 62nd, tallied for the Heat.
The Heat defence did not allow a shot on goal in the match, allowing keeper Mitch McCaw to go a full 90 minutes without having to make a save for his third clean sheet of the season.
On Sunday, the ‘Wolves returned the favour with a 3-0 victory over UBCO.
All of UNBC’s goals came in the first half.
The UBC Okanagan women showed flashes but couldn’t manufacture any points in two road games in Canada West soccer.
On Friday in Vancouver, the Heat fell 2-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds.
On Saturday in Victoria, the UVic Vikes downed the Heat 3-1.
Maddy Laranjo opened the scoring for the Heat in the 18th minute before the Vikes responded with thrwee unanswered tallies.
The Heat were tenacious in trying to even the contest, as third-year Courtney Hemmerling had a number of chances to score, forcing Vikes keeper Meaghan Storie to make five saves.
Although Hemmerling was unable to score in either match, she now has 28 shots so far this season, placing her fifth in the Canada West.
The Heat (2-6) will play a home-and-home this week against the TRU Wolfpack, beginning Thursday evening at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. The teams will meet again on Saturday, 1 p.m. at Nonis Field.