The UBC Okanagan Women’ soccer team has been rewarded for its undefeated record by placing five players
on the BCCAA Conference All-Star team and won the BCCAA Player of the year a tribute to the remarkable turnaround as there has never been more than two soccer all stars from the women’s team in any previous season. Head coach Claire Paterson for the second straight year won the BCCAA Coach of the Year Award as her team continues its improvement. Although Claire is happy for her own award she is more excited about how the team has done adding “It has been a fantastic season for our program and I am so happy for the recognition that we have received. We have an excellent group of players this year who have consistently worked hard for each other as there is a tremendous amount of respect for what each person brings to the team."
The leading goal scorer of the BCCAA for the second straight season led Alexa Kennedy to winning the BCCAA player of the year. Kennedy’s impressive season included scoring 13 goals in 12 league games, 7 of Kennedy’s goals were game winners. In two of the Heat’s wins this year with the team down 1 goal in the second half, Alexa scored one goal to tie the game and then scored the next goal to secure victory for the Heat. Kennedy also tallied a hat trick on the road in Prince George versus UNBC.
Not only did the women’s soccer team win the player of the year the Heat placed two other players on the first All-Star team. Keeper Sabrina Gasparac has played every minute of every game this season and has nine shutouts in 12 games. Sabrina is in her third season between the posts for UBC Okanagan. A leader on the field Sabrina has come into her own this season and has made some outstanding saves to lead the Heat to their first undefeated season in program history.
The other member of the first All-Star team is Hayley Uyeyama, second year central defender from Kelowna. A consistent 90 minute force on the Heat backline Hayley shows that it isn't how big you are but how big you play.
Coming up against taller opponents throughout the season Hayley uses every bit of her 5'2" frame and her outstanding speed to out close down the opponents attack and limit their chances on net. Every weekend Hayley was instrumental to the Heat as she worked hard to keep the opposing teams off the score board and helped her team to finish the season undefeated with 10th wins and 9 shut outs.
Coach Claire Paterson has nothing but good things to say about her stalwart defender adding "Hayley has been instrumental in our success this year; she is a forced to be reckoned with on the back line. Her tenaciousness, power, speed and game sense makes her a very difficult player to beat."
Second year fullback, Jennifer Kidd was named to the All-Star team for a second straight season as her lethal leg has teams wary of her long range attacks as she can either push the ball up quickly to the forwards or use her leg to unleash wicked long range scoring drives.
The final All-Star for the Heat was first year defender Madeleine Greig. At 5’9 Madeleine her size, work rate and speed is a lethal combination in the midfield part of the park. Another Okanagan product Madeleine is a graduate of Penticton Secondary School.
The Men’s team is proud that they were the recipient of the2010 Mike Bartram Fair Play Award. Keeper Spencer Brown in his fourth year was named to the All-Star as the lone recipient for UBC Okanagan this year; he is a UBC Okanagan two sport athlete as he does double duty as a libero on the men’s volleyball team.