Looking at the 2012 PACWEST soccer schedule, pool play has been eliminated.
The UBC Okanagan Heat’s soccer teams will open their season at home, when they host the Kwantlen Eagles on Saturday, Sept. 8 and the Douglas College Royals on Sunday, Sept. 9.
With UNBC departing the PACWEST in soccer, the league is comprised of eight teams and a 14-game schedule. Each team will play twice once at home and once on the road.
Following a home opening weekend, the Heat will then spend the next two weeks on the road playing Langara College in Vancouver and then Quest University in Squamish on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16.
September 22-23 will send the Heat to Nanaimo to play the Vancouver Island University Mariners on Saturday. On Sunday, they will battle the Blues of Capilano University in North Vancouver.
The Heat will play their home games at the Nonis Sports Field, with game times of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The women’s games will always precede the men’s tilt.
Interior rival and travel partner, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, are the exception to the standard home game time as the rivals play a special home and away series with only one gender playing a day. The men play on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. in Kelowna and on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Kamloops.
Last September, the women’s squad from Kamloops played spoiler in the Heat’s 2011 season, handing the UBC Okanagan women their first regular season home loss in over two years. Then last October, the WolfPack continued to be water on the Heat’s fire as they then beat UBC Okanagan in the Provincial final on the Heat’s home turf. The Heat will seek revenge on the defending champs on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Kamloops before hosting the ‘Pack on Sunday at the Nonis Field. Kickoff for both days will be at 1 p.m.
The first weekend of October has the Heat playing their final set of road matches when they play Kwantlen at the Newton Athletic Park on Saturday, Oct. 6th. They will finish the road trip on Sunday in Coquitlam, fending off the Douglas College Royals.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, soccer will rev up as the Heat hosts four games in a row at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Langara and Quest visit on October 13-14, and Vancouver Island and Capilano close out the homestand and regular season on Oct. 20-21.
Quest University in Squamish will host the PACWEST provincial championships for the first time ever and will run the men’s and women’s championships from Oct. 26-28.
The 2012 CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) men’s soccer national championship will be hosted by Douglas College, and the tournament will take place on November 7-10 at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam, B.C.
This year will be the first time the CCAA men’s and women’s soccer national championships will not be held concurrently; consequently, Holland College is set to host the women's soccer championship in; Charlottetown, P.E.I. The four-day national championship will be hosted on November 7 - 10, at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in nearby Cornwall, P.E.I.
View the men's soccer schedule here: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/menssoccer/results.html.
View the women's soccer schedule here: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/womenssoccer/results.html.
Follow the league on the PAWEST website: http://www.pacwestbc.ca/