Saturday September 10, 2011
Douglas College - Coquitlam BC
UBC Heat (1-0-0)over the Douglas College Royals (0-1-0) FINAL SCORE: 5-0
- Heat Goal Scorers: Kirsten Dodds (2 – 30min, 65min), Marissa Klees (2 – 18 min, 20min), Lindsey Briggs (1 – 45min)
- Sabrina Gasparac with the 90 minute clean sheet in goal
The UBC Heat women’s soccer team displayed their offensive prowess as they blanked the Douglas College Royals 5-0, in the regular season opener for both squads.
Rookie forward and Vernon product Kirsten Dodds, made the most of her post secondary debut as she netted two goals in the match, second year forward Marissa Klees found the back of the net for a pair of markers as well. Another second year forward, Lindsey Briggs out of Delta, scored the other goal for the Heat.
The Heat were ignited in the 18th minute when Marissa Klees, broke through the Royals midfield and riffled a shot into the top corner of the net. Klees was not done as she notched her second goal just two minutes later.
With the Heat’s constant pressure they were rewarded when freshman forward, Kirsten Dodds, finished the ball that was layed off by Holly Wollmann to put the Heat up three goals just thirty minutes into the match. Fifteen minutes later, just before half time the Heat broke through again when Dodds slotted the ball through to Lindsey Briggs sending the Heat into the break with a 4-0 lead.
The second half was not such a one sided affair as both teams struggled to convert their chances; yet the Heat managed to score the half’s lone goal when Kirsten Dodds netted her second of the game.
Dodd’s second marker was set up after a fantastic effort from midfielder Emily Braun. The Royals continued to fight until the final whistle creating several solid chances to get on the scoreboard, but fourth year goalkeeper and team co-captain Sabrina Gasparac shut them out.
Gasparac liked the way her team played on offense adding: “It was great to see the variation of offensive prowess we had. Today showed what a team effort can accomplish and I look forward to seeing our on field creativity in the games to come. Overall I think we were quite happy about the result.”
"I am happy with the result, it is a great way to start the season,” comments head coach Claire Paterson. “We created and finished some fantastic chances however we took a little while to settle into the match. There are still some elements that we need to sort out but I have all confidence the team will step up to the challenge."
The Heat are unbeaten in league play for the past 13 matches, having not lost a league match since falling to the Kwantlen Eagles October 18, 2009. The Heat will face the same Eagles - who defeated Thompson Rivers 2-1 today - Sun Sep 11 at the Newton Athletic Park at 12:00pm.
Game Notes: Fourth year keeper Sabrina Gasparac has played in 30 league and 5 playoff matches for the Heat; Sabrina last season played every minute of every league game for the Heat recording 9 shutouts in 12 matches, allowing just 4 goals in those 12 games; After today Sabrina in her career has 12.5 shutouts.