The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team in their first action of the year fell to the UBC Thunderbirds 1-0 in a friendly Sunday afternoon on the Nonis Sports Field. Both teams used the pre-season friendly to assess new and returning players by mixing line-ups and frequently substituting players. The Heat allowed the Thunderbirds to score with just over five minutes left to play in the final period.
Claire Paterson, going into her fifth season as bench boss for the female footballers at UBC Okanagan, is happy with the early season action against such a quality opponent.
"It is always fantastic to play UBC Vancouver as they are a strong program in Canada West and it is an excellent way for me to look at players to see which ones can step their game up to the next level. We were competitive and some athletes did well with the more physical / faster game," remarks Paterson. "I am happy with the 1-0 score line it was the best result we have had over the past 3 years of these friendlies, so it seems like we are going in the right direction."
The Heat’s next action takes place this weekend when they head to Calgary to compete in the Alberta Cup hosted by Mount Royal Aug 25-26. The Heat will face off against the host Cougars on Saturday morning at 9:00 am PST.