It was a dreary cool morning as the Heat stepped onto the field in their final match of the University of Lethbridge tournament. Determined to learn lessons from the previous match the Heat turned it up and came out strong right as the ball was dropped, within the first minute the Heat had already tested the Lethbridge College goalkeeper getting off two shots. UBC Okanagan worked extremely hard creating serveral more goal scoring opportunities until finally the pressure was to much and by the 11th minute Alexa Kennedy finally broke through as she found the back of the net after being played through by freshman playmaker Lindsey Briggs. The Heat kept up the pressure as they put away another goal when Holly Wollmann whipped in a cross and striker Emma Nixon knocked it past the keeper. A post and a few more near misses in the first half could have widen the score line but at the half time whistle it remained 2-0 for the Heat.
In the second half the scoring continued as the veteran stiker partnership of Kennedy and Nixon took over. Emma scored another goal just a few minutes into the second half (48min) after Alexa layed the ball off. Lex(Alexa) found the back of the net with a power header off a corner kick played in by Holly Wollmann pushing the Heat's lead to 4 making the score 4-0. Determined to keep pressing and to settle who would get the golden boot for the game Lex and Emma combined to score one more goal yet it is still being disputed who get's credit for the marker as the scorer was unable to determine if Kennedy's initial shot went in before Nixon tapped it across the line.
"I am glad we started stronger today and took control early," said a pleased Claire Paterson "The team moved the ball better which allowed our strikers to do there jobs. It was a good tournament that provided our freshman players lots of minutes to gain experience. Now our next step is to recover from some of the bumps and bruises we picked up and get healthy for the start of league play."
"With two a day training sessions, I worked harder than I ever had in my life but the work paid off this weekend with two wins and a tough loss against NAIT. I think the team is coming together really well and it's very easy for us rookies to fit with a team as fun and accepting as the Heat." were the thoughts of key recruit Lindsey Briggs.
The Heat will host two exhibition games this weekend as King's University College from Edmonton will battle the Heat Saturday September 4th at noon and Sunday September 5th at 10am.