Women's soccer home opener celebrates Sports Day in Canada this Sunday versus TRU
The UBC Heat women’s soccer team opens its PacWest regular season home slate this Sunday as they host valley rival Thompson Rivers University Sunday afternoon at 1:00 P.M. The Heat are hoping to continue their winning ways as they have not dropped a regular season home game on the Nonis Turf field at UBC’s Okanagan campus in over two years; the last one being September 6, 2009. The Heat are undefeated in league play after the season’s opening weekend while the Wolfpack come in with a one loss and one tie record.
CCAA National Ranking: 9th
PacWest Standing: 1st
Last Week: Douglas 5-0 W, Kwantlen 1-0 W
Streak: 2 Wins
2010 PacWest Record: 10-0-2, 1st
2010 PacWest Championship: 3rd
2010 CCAA Tournament: N/A
Last PacWest Title: N/A
Last CCAA Title: N/A
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Starting the season with two straight wins is a promising start for Claire Paterson and her Heat women’s soccer team, after an undefeated regular season campaign in 2010, Paterson has shown she knows how to have her team ready to play and looks to continue her winning ways this Sunday when the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack ventures to Nonis field.
Not surprisingly the Heat have ended up in the first edition of the CCAA rankings, after the opening weekend the Heat are ranked 9th in the nation. Coach Paterson says, “it is really nice to be there [the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association rankings] and get that national recognition.”
The Heat will continue to be a balanced offense team, but look for second year forward Lindsey Briggs(Delta, BC) to continue her stellar play from the first week as coach Paterson notes, “is really contributing a lot within her game.” Lindsey scored a goal in each of the two games so far this year and is tied for the league lead with teammates Kirsten Dodds(Vernon, BC)and Marrisa Klees (Bellingham, WA) all with two goals a piece.
Freshman forward Kirsten Dodds, whom will look to continue with her goal scoring ways as the Vernon product “has done really well for us,” claims Paterson. The Heat will feature a returning All-Star in net as Sabrina Gaparac, will look to turn away the Wolfpack as she turned away her opponents last weekend after not allowing scoring a shutout in each of the first two matches.
“We expect it to be a very exciting game and we want to bring it in front of our home crowd,” states Paterson.
Although the game is taking place on September 18 the UBC Heat are using this game as an opportunity to take part in the second annual Sports Day in Canada. As part of Sports Day in Canada celebrations, both teams’ coaches will Go Shoeless to raise awareness of the Right to Play movement. For more information on the Right to Play Go Shoeless initiative or Sports Day in Canada See information below.
CCAA National Ranking: N/A
PacWest Standing: 6th (tied)
Last Week: Kwantlen 2-1 L, Douglas 3-3 T
Streak: 1 Tie
2010 PacWest Record: 3-6-3, 5th (tied)
2010 PacWest Championship: N/A
2010 CCAA Tournament: N/A
Last PacWest Title: 2008
Last CCAA Title: 2008
Full Schedule/ Roster
About ‘Go Shoeless’
Right To Play and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) are joining forces to host "Go Shoeless", an awareness campaign taking place on the weekend of September 16-18, 2011. Coinciding with CBC, True Sport and ParticipACTION's Sports Day in Canada, coaches from over 30 universities will go shoeless to raise awareness for those who do not have access to sports and proper sporting equipment.
As the leading international humanitarian and development organization, Right To Play uses the transformative power of sport and play to build essential life skills in children, thereby driving social change in communities worldwide affected by war, poverty and disease.
Robert Witchel, Right To Play’s Canadian National Director is thrilled with the opportunity to work with CIS: “Both Right To Play and CIS share a common interest in promoting sport as a tool for development and fair play. We’re proud of this meaningful campaign that not only supports every child’s right to play, but allows Canadian athletes to enrich their educational experience and create a safer and healthier world through sport.”
“We are delighted that CIS coaches across the country are taking off their shoes and braving the elements to raise awareness for every child’s right to play,” said Marg McGregor, chief executive officer of CIS. “CIS coaches are role models and leaders in their communities and this gesture sends an important message.”
About Sports Day in Canada
Sports Day in Canada, on September 17, 2011, is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across Canada. Sports Day in Canada caps off a week of thousands of local sporting events and activities, open houses and try‐it days showcasing sport at all levels, and includes a special television broadcast on CBC Sports and Sports Radio‐Canada. Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, Sports Radio‐Canada, ParticipACTION and True Sport, and includes a committee of national
sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. It's an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living. For more information about Sports Day in Canada, please visit: http://sportsday.cbc.ca.
On September 17, Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, Sports Radio‐Canada, ParticipACTION and True Sport and includes a committee of national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country to share with all Canadians the power of sport.
Sports Day in Canada demonstrates that sport has the power to build community, fortify our national spirit and promote healthy, active living. The official day caps off a week of thousands of local sporting events and activities, open houses and try‐it days showcasing sport at all levels, and includes a special television broadcast on CBC Sports and Sports Radio‐Canada.