Heat defends their home turf by blanking Timberwolves, remain undefeated

Kennedy stikes again; scores game winner versus UNBC

It was a chilly, early start Sunday as UBC Okanagan took on the UNBC Timberwolves in their lone match this weekend at home in which the Heat scored late to win 1-0.  The Heat came out looking to assert themselves in the match early and managed to bang out a few shots in the first 10 minutes, but the UNBC goalkeeper was up for the challenge.  Maintaining much of the possession UBC Okanagan  worked the ball around continually searching for holes in the Timberwolves defence. Every time they found some space to work and find the gaps for shots they wound up narrowly missing the goal, or the T’wolves keeper was able to came up with a big save.

UNBC gave the Heat a scare as one of their 3 shots in the first half rattled off the cross bar.   Despite out shooting UNBC 10 -3 and having 5 corner kicks the Heat were stymied by the UNBC defence  and at the half the game remained scoreless.

Second half UBC Okanagan continued to knock the ball around looking for the elusive goal to break the stale mate.  Madeleine Grieg had a fantastic strike from 30 yards out that was pushed around the post by a diving T’wolves keeper and leading scorer, Alexa Kennedy was turned away from inside the 18. It wasn’t until the 84th minute when Kennedy found the weak link in the UNBC goalkeepers armour as she slotted the ball low to the far post putting the Heat up 1-0 and it finished that way.  This is UBC Okanagan’s 8th win on the season and Sabrina Gasparac’s 7th shut out.

“I am happy with the result,” added head coach Claire Paterson “UNBC played us well, but our performance needs to improve over the next two weekends of play if we want to achieve our goals.  We learned a few more lessons today that will hopefully help us over the remaining part of our season.”

“Today wasn’t our best game and we came out a little flat,” said second year Kelowna native Hayley Uyeyama. “ But thankfully we kept majority of the possession to limit their chances of scoring and finally in the second half we were able to put one away after many great saves by their keeper.”

The Heat(8-2-0) play their last two regular season games this weekend as they host Kwantlen (7-1-2) Saturday at 1:00pm. Douglas College (3-3-4) will be on the turf at UBC Okanagan Sunday at noon. These final games mean a lot to the Heat as Kwantlen is only 4 points back of the Heat in the standings with first place receiving a bye in the first round of the playoffs. If UBC Okanagan can win or tie Kwantlen on Saturday they will insure themselves first place in their division.

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