Heat defeated U of L 2-1 this morning as the Pronghorns attempted to defend their turf.

Jennifer Kidd (Photo by: Rob Brown)

Ten hours on the bus and a slow start did not slow the Heat down as they defeated the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn's 2-1.

After a long bus trip on Friday it was evident the UBC Okanagan women's soccer team had a case of travel legs that  may have led to the Heat's shakey start to the match. The Proghorns sprang onto the score board first with a goal in the 10th minute.  The Heat showed some moments of brilliance followed by a series of dangerous give aways but managed to claw back a goal when the team's lone fourth year player, Emma Nixon shook off two U of L players and slotted the ball to full back Jennifer Kidd (JK) who drove a 35 yard shot past the Pronghorns keeper to even the score in the 16th minute. The Heat then where able to settle down and began to play some nice soccer as the half came to a close.

With changes to the line up and some fresh legs to start the second the Heat continued to carry the momentumn and had maintained much of the possession. Last season's All Canadian Alexa Kennedy, had been sniffing around for a goal coming close twice, one being called back due to an offsides call.  As the Heat continued to press for the go ahead goal they finally able to break through in the last minute of the match when Calgary Alberta product Holly Wollmann, slotted the ball through to Alexa after a great run and made her shot count.  Final whistle Heat 2. Pronghorns 1

"It was an ok game. We did well to get the win we were looking for but we didn't play our best. Again we had some moments of brilliance but also had some shocking play that we need to clean up before the season kicks off. However the good play was pretty to watch." were the thoughts of head coach Claire Paterson.

"It wasn't the prettiest soccer we can play, we have a lot to tighten up on. There was times were we showed incredible play, and we pulled out the win which is what we wanted"  added an excited Holly Wollmann.

The Heat have no time for rest as they take on NAIT today at 12:00pm PST and then face Lethbridge College Sunday at 8:00am PST before heading home.

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