Heat unable to hold lead but still feel good about the opening weekend

Heat forward Zach Hall (Photo by Rob Brown)

Although UBC Okanagan was able to take the good feeling from yesterday’s exciting match and refocus their energy on a getting a quick start versus the perennial powerhouse Capilano University Blues, they were unable to hang on to their second half lead settling for a 2-2 draw.

Zach Hall scored a goal for the Heat in the 7th minute as Sean Peterson connected with Zach who proceeded to bury the breakaway and put the Heat up 1-0. The Heat held the lead until the 20 minute mark when Capilano scored on a dribbler that somehow eluded both keeper Spencer Brown and defender Greg Karogiannis.

The score remained deadlocked at 1 for the start of the second half, the Heat started the second half out strong and aggressive offensively and again they were rewarded with a quick goal as fourth year striker Thomas Simkins buried a left footer over the goalie on a pass from Nick Johansen. The Heat found it refreshing to play with the lead yet the powerful Blues were able to tie the score in the 75th minute as a deflection off of a shin found its way past Spencer Brown to knot the score at 2. From that point on Capilano applied immense pressure but the Heat back line held strong and as the final whistle blew the Heat came away with a 2-2 draw.

An very positive Justin Boersma, Co-coach of the Heat thought this game will set the tone for the year, “we proved to ourselves that this team (the Heat) is good enough to not only compete in this league but to be a threat to win any game we play. Just two years ago we came to this field and lost 13-0, I think these two games this weekend really sent a message to our players that we are ready to play in this league. I expect practices to be very good this week as we prepare for our home opener on Saturday.”

The Heat’s first home games will be Saturday September 18 women at 1:00pm men at 3:00pm as they host the Quest University Kermodes. Saturday will be a special day as UBC Okanagan invites the community to help the school celebrate its 5th anniversary.  More details here: http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/communityday/welcome.html

On Sunday September 18 the Heat host the Vancouver Island University Mariners September 19 women at 11:00am men at 1:00pm.

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