With one game left in the season the UBC Okanagan Heat women captured first place today after defeating the Kwantlen Eagles, 2009 BCCAA Gold Medalists 3-0. In front of their home crowd the Heat were determined to make history and achieve one of the goals they set out for themselves at the beginning of this season.
From the starting whistle the Heat came out flying working quickly and getting a shot on target in the first minute followed up by scoring a fantastic opening goal when Holly Wollmann whipped in a brilliant cross finding the league’s leading scorer, Alexa Kennedy. Kennedy headed the ball into the net and the Heat had garnered the lead in the first 5 minutes of the match. Kwantlen regained composure and the next 40 minutes both teams continued to jockey for another goal, neither team could and the score at the half remained 1-0 for the Heat.
The second half Kwantlen came out strong looking for the equalizer coming very close off a corner kick, but second year defender Jennifer Kidd denied the Eagles by heading the ball off the line. UBC Okanagan took the momentum back in the 65th minute when Emma Nixon dribbled past her mark and crossed the ball to Lex (Kennedy) who flicked the ball onto a wide open Holly Wollmann at the back post. Holly had a composed strike hitting the ball low into the far corner well away from the Kwantlen goalkeeper for the Heat’s second goal of the match. UBC Okanagan choosing not to sit back and play defence continued to play the aggressor notching one more goal before the final whistle. In the 75th minute Jennifer Kidd threaded a beautifully weighted ball onto the feet of the ever dangerous Kennedy sending her on a breakaway and the 2010 leading goal scorer delivered as she slid the ball past the sprawling Kwantlen keeper. At the final whistle the Heat secured first place with a 3-0 victory, this marked UBC Okanagan’s 9th win on the season and its 8th shut out.
Head coach Claire Paterson, who has turned this team from the basement of the BCCAA to the third ranked team in the country couldn’t have been happier of her team added. “It was a fantastic game today I was really pleased to see everyone step up their game and play well together. The team came out really strong and had one of our best matches this season. I am very proud of our team.”
Co-captain 4th year player Emma Nixon, playing her final weekend at home thinks there is more to come saying, “we haven’t perfected it yet, but we came out today and played one of our strongest games yet. The progress that has been made is amazing and it’s been unreal to be apart of.”