Saturday October 15, 2011
Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus - Kelowna BC
UBC Heat (5-1-2) vs. the Quest University Kermodes (5-2-2)
1st 2nd Final
HEAT 1 0 1
QUEST 1 0 1
Heat Goal Scorers: Lindsey Briggs (1 - 20th min. 4th on the season).
The UBC Heat women’s soccer game ended in a 1-1 tie with the Quest University Kermodes this afternoon at Nonis Sports Field on the Okanagan campus of UBC. With the tie the Heat’s record now stands at (5-1-2) and the Kermodes (5-2-2).
Lindsey Briggs (2nd year, forward, Delta, BC) scored her fourth goal of the season in the 20th minute as a keeper misplay led to the Kermodes’ inability to clear the ball, allowing the Heat to capitalize.
Quest’s leading scorer Mari Tarleton (1st year, forward, Bellingham, WA) scored her eighth goal of the year as she connected with a powerful shot to the top corner of the net. Heat defender Hayley Carlson (1st year, Red Deer, AB) was unable to clear the ball as three Quest forwards pinned her in front of the eighteen yard box, her attempt to clear the ball allowed Tarleton to make her strike virtually unmarked.
When the Heat took the lead early in the first half they followed that goal by really taking control of the ball but squandering the possession with a series of chances that were easily handled by the keeper, leading to a halftime score of 1-1.
In the second half the Heat did not control the ball as much but created some great opportunities with great individual efforts, yet the rest of the team were unable to push ahead and get those second chance shots. Many of these individual runs were sparked by a Jennifer Kidd (3rd year, fullback, Richmond, BC) long ball, allowing the quick Heat forwards to run onto the play.
The story of the game for the Heat was missed chances; they controlled the possession for much of the game but were unable to sustain pressure near the Quest’s keeper.
“We have to find a way to win, it’s disappointing,” reflected Heat coach Claire Paterson. “It felt like a loss even though it was a tie. Opportunities to put the game away just didn’t happen.”
Twice in the second half the Heat had glorious opportunities but failed to convert. At the 70 minute mark, Kirsten Dodds (1st year, forward, Vernon, BC) dribbled down the right side dangling the ball beautifully, beating the first three defenders. Kirsten was unable to get a shot off or pass to the open Briggs at the far post before being corralled by the Quest defenders.
Also late in the second half Lana Finley (1st year, forward, Kelowna, BC) was able to send the ball across the goal line, beating the Quest keeper but no Heat player was able to push in far enough to finish the play.
The Heat’s inability to notch a second goal was not just the missed opportunities. Quest defender Madison Maloski (1st year, Kamloops, BC) did a stellar job of corralling the Heat attack. Her quick, strong counter attacking passes up front and the play of Kira DeLeeuw (1st year, White Rock, BC) continually forced the Heat defenders into making hurried clears of the ball.
The midfield was where the Heat controlled the play. Michelle Smith (1st year Vernon, BC) and Taylor Sarchet (3rd year, Surrey, BC) played well, using their size to continually win the ball.
A couple more good chances for the Heat in the last five minutes of play did not result in a goal; the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
“We can’t afford to drop points like that,” adds Paterson. “I’m disappointed; the players are disappointed, there was just no sense of urgency.”
The Heat will be back on the pitch Sunday at 12:00 P.M. when they host the Number four team in Canada the Langara Falcons (6-3-0), for their final home game of the season.
GAME NOTES: With Thompson Rivers beating Langara this afternoon, and with TRU holding the tiebreaker on the Heat Claire notes that “it will come down to the last weekend of play. Our division is so tight. We will need to come out with a bit more fire and determination tomorrow.”
The Heat have just a two point lead on first place over the WolfPack with TRU’s big win today; at the time of the release the Capilano VIU score has not been reported.