After a sluggish start to the 2012 PACWEST season, the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team made amends with a dominant victory on Sunday afternoon at Nonis Field.
The defending provincial silver medalists blanked Douglas College 3-0 to close out opening weekend with a split of two games.
Kirsten Dodds opened the scoring in the 31st minute, then watched teammates Lana Finley and Taylor Candelario seal the victory with goals five minutes apart in the second half.
It was a positive bounce-back game for the Heat after a 2-0 setback against Kwantlen on Saturday.
“We played stronger (Sunday),” noted Heat coach Claire Paterson. “We played to our strengths a bit more. We moved the ball around to feet, which helped us be successful.”
Second-year goalkeeper Ashley Dunn earned the clean sheet.
On Saturday vs Kwantlen, the Heat was unable to mount a serious attack, with the only significant scoring chance coming in the 45th minute by Lindsey Briggs.
Kathleen Gratz and Dominique Lang scored for the Eagles.
“We came out flat and underperformed,” said Paterson. “Kwantlen did a good job at winning the ball, moving the ball quickly, and we just seemed to lose the battles there.”
The Heat will be on the road this weekend for games at Langara and Quest.
UBC Okagan will be back on their home pitch, the Nonis Sports Field, Sunday Sept. 30 when they host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a rematch of last year’s provincial final
The UBC Okanagan Heat have some kinks to work out of their game after earning a single point on their home turf during the opening weekend of the PACWEST men’s soccer season.
After playing to a 1-1 draw with Kwantlen on Saturday, the 2011 provincial bronze medalists dropped a 4-2 decision to the Douglas Royals on Sunday at Nonis Field.
The Heat took a 2-1 first half lead on the Royals on goals by Austin Jones in the 15th minute and Jorden Lieb 23 minutes later, but couldn’t hold the lead as Douglas scored four unanswered goals in the final 45 minutes to earn the win.
Despite the loss, head coach Dante Zanatta saw some positive signs from his club.
“We played some very nice football,” remarked Zanatta. “We took on one of the best teams in the league without really any stress. It was very encouraging.”
On Saturday, second-year forward Andrew Pinguelo (Vancouver) notched the Heat’s lone goal in the 50th minute, while Kwantlen answered back in the 64th minute off a penalty kick taken by sophomore forward Murtada Almatrood.
The Heat were called offside 13 times in Saturday’s matchup to stymie their offensive rhythm.
In the dying minutes of the game Kwantlen was pressing offensively, hitting the crossbar once and in their efforts forcing Logan Ellis to stand on his head to keep the game knotted at 1-1 through regulation time.
“At times today we were running without the thought process and forcing the game,” said Zanatta. “We just need to be a little more smart.”
The Heat will take to the road this weekend for games at Langara and Ques