Sunday October 16, 2011
Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus - Kelowna BC
UBC Heat (6-1-2) vs. the Langara Falcons (6-4-0)
1st 2nd Final
HEAT 1 1 2
LANG 0 0 0
• Heat Goal Scorers: Lindsey Briggs (1 - 40th min. 5th on the season) Lana Finley (1 - 80th min. 2nd on the season).
The UBC Heat's Women's Soccer team won 2-0 to Vancouver's Langara College this Sunday. The game began slow with a single goal by the Heat in the first half, but picked up in the second with a number of opportunities to score, and a second goal by the Heat. The Heat improve their record to (6-1-2) while the Langara Falcons drop to (6-4-0) going into the last weekend of play.
Both teams had trouble finishing their offensive chances in the first half of the match. The ball traveled from one side of the field to the other with each team having significant opportunities to score, only to be stopped by each other inside the goal-box. The Heat finally broke through with a goal by forward Lindsey Briggs (2nd year, Delta, BC) getting the ball passed Falcons goalkeeper Carrisa Harriman (2nd year, Calgary, AB). The first half ended 1-0 Heat.
The second half of the game seemed to have each side recharged and refocused with the UBC Heat taking the ball across the field and nearly scoring five times in the first five minutes. Forward Kirsten Dodds (1st year, Vernon, BC) made a spectacular run and battled against Langara's defense to control the ball at the net, but was unsuccessful.
Lindsey Briggs brought the ball across the field again countering the surge in offense by Langara and passed to midfielder Taylor Sarchet (3rd year, Surrey, BC) who shot on the goalkeeper but again was unsuccessful at raising the score. The Heat and Langara continued to battle with Tajvir Malhi (1st year, midfielder, Surrey, BC) returning the Heat's pressure with a breakaway across the field, but was thwarted by Heat goal keeper Sabrina Gasparac (4th year, Langley, BC).
The second half was nearing completion when forward Lana Finley (1st year, Kelowna, BC) scored above the Langara goalkeeper's head in the top right of the net. The game ended a few moments later with each team trying to still raise the score.
Head coach Claire Patterson commented on the game and how her team played, "It was a hard fought match again, the second one of the weekend." She continued explaining the difference in game play between the first and second half saying, "[The team] realized that they need to step it up and play as sharp as [Langara]… It was a little nerve racking that we weren't putting it away in that series."
The Heat will be back on the road next weekend Saturday Oct. 22 versus the VIU Mariners at 12:00 P.M. in Nanaimo and then Sunday Oct. 23 at 12:00 P.M. when they play Capilano in North Vancouver to finish up the regular season.
GAME NOTES: With only one weekend of games left in the PacWest soccer season the Heat women’s soccer team now boast the league’s best record at (6-1-2) - 20 points. With their win today they have clinched a playoff spot as the Capilano women’s team has 11 points and will not be able to catch the Heat with only two game left to play. The maximum number of points that can be earned with two wins is six. The Mariners sit third in the division with 15 points and the TRU WolfPack second with 18.