#2 in Canada to play Heat on Sunday

Men's soccer team to play Capilano and VIU this weekend.

The Heat have a chance to separate themselves in the standings this weekend as they play the Capilano University Blues (2-0-2) Saturday and the number two ranked Vancouver Island University Mariners (2-1-1)  on Sunday.

GAME TIMES

Saturday, October 1 – Capilano at No.13 UBC Heat (3:00 p.m. at Nonis Sport Field, Kelowna)
Sunday, October 2 – No. 2 Vancouver Island  at No. 13 UBC Heat (2:00 p.m. at Nonis Sport Field, Kelowna)

HEAT (2-1-1)

Heat #7 Andrew Hauser (Photo by Vanessa Hodak)

CCAA National Ranking: 13th down 3 spots
PacWest Standing: 1st Pool B (Tied)
Last Week: TRU 3-3 Tie
Streak: 1 Tie
2010 PacWest Record: 2-9-1, 8th
2010 PacWest Championship: N/A
2010 CCAA Tournament: N/A
Last PacWest Title: N/A
Last CCAA Title: N/A
Full Schedule / Roster

Parity is the word in Group B of the PacWest men’s soccer league in 2011, the four teams in group B, are the Heat, Blues, Mariners and WolfPack from Thompson Rivers University.  These four team are separated by one point in the standings with the Heat and defending National Champion, Mariners tied for first with seven points. The WolfPack and Blues are tied for second one point behind with six points. Only the top three teams will qualify for the PacWest Provincial Championship held at the Nonis Sports field on UBC’s Okanagan campus then end of October, the 28-30.

“It is a big weekend for us as we have Cap on Saturday and VIU on Sunday,” coach Dante Zanatta adds, “the standings show right now that we are still in first. If we can come through this weekend and get two results we can solidify our spot on first.”

Although the games are important Zanatta is looking at the big picture and not looking to make many changes, “The reality is strategy wise, a lot of the stuff we are doing is new and it is a learning process for them week in and week out.”

“People have to remember we gutted the team,” continues Zanatta, “we only have eight returning players, so it was a different line-up on Saturday, [we have]nine first year players. If something doesn’t go your way you’re not go to throw away the strategy, we need to build going forward and have the team get better week in and week out.”

After this weekend the Heat will only have one more home game left, next Saturday, October 8 versus the UNBC Timberwolves at 3:00 P.M. They will then play four games on the road to finish out the regular season.

Click here for video interviews with Dante Zanatta [http://youtu.be/4k7TWrQnLF4], Dylan Abbott [http://youtu.be/R4EX_EhIrmY] and Manny Straith [http://youtu.be/ifh5ZJbTR90].

 

CAPILANO BLUES (2-0-2)
CCAA National Ranking: N/A
PacWest Standing: 3rd Pool B (Tied)
Last Week: Timberwolves 2-1 W
Streak: 1 Win
2010 PacWest Record: 5-4-2, 2nd Place (Group B)
2010 PacWest Championship: 6th Place
2010 CCAA Tournament: N/A
Last PacWest Title: 2008
Last CCAA Title: 2008
Full Schedule / Roster

The Blues have been a consistent provincial contender having made the provincial championships for nine straight seasons, medaling in eight of those years. Even more impressive is that from 1980 to 2011 the team has medaled in the provincial championship 26 of the last 31 years.

Capilano has been playing with the scoring by committee approach as not one of their players has more than a single goal on the season.

VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS (2-1-1)
CCAA National Ranking: 2nd
PacWest Standing: 1st Pool B (Tied)
Last Week: Timberwolves 4-1 W
Streak: 1 Win
2010 PacWest Record: 8-1-2, 1st (Group B)
2010 PacWest Championship: 1st
2010 CCAA Tournament: 1st
Last PacWest Title: 2010
Last CCAA Title: 2010
Full Schedule / Roster

This is the third season for Mariner coach Bill Merriman, since taking over the team he has compiled an impressive 17 win, 3 loss, 6 ties record in league play. He has already won a provincial silver and gold medal and a national championship. If you include his playoff win’s his career record is (23, 4, 6). One of his four career losses came on the Heat’s home turf, the Nonis Sports field, as his Mariners dropped the game 2-0 to the Heat Sep 12, 2009.

Jared Stephens is second in the league in scoring with four goals in four games so far this season. The fourth year forward from Terrace, BC has now tallied 21 career goals in regular season play in the PacWest men’s soccer league, 24 goals if you include championship matches.

 

 

 

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