Saturday August 25, 2012
Mount Royal University – Calgary, AB
UBC Okanagan Heat vs. Mount Royal University Cougars
UBC Okanagan took on host institute Mount Royal University in the first match of the Alberta Cup Saturday and could not beat the Cougars keeper, falling to Mount Royal 1-0.
A veteran crew for the Heat kicked off the match against the newly promoted CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) program. Typical for a team’s first game, the Heat started the match slowly and throughout the match the UBC Okanagan squad had trouble finishing their chances.
"For our first exhibition match together as a team I thought we did some things quite well,” commented head coach Claire Paterson following the match. “We took charge of the game and had the bulk of the possession, creating numerous chances. We definitely need to be more clinical in the attacking third, but that said there are several positives we saw to draw from."
Veteran defender Liz Babcock (Calgary, AB) echoed her coach’s thoughts.
"We had a slow start to the match but once we sorted a few things out we managed to create a lot of opportunities offensively,” explained the fourth year player from Calgary. “We outplayed them today but we need to start focusing on putting some balls in the back of the net."
At about the fifteen minute mark the Heat gained some momentum creating a number of opportunities. The Cougars did well to able to turn away the persistent attacks and the teams were scoreless at the half.
The second half brought a few new faces into the line-up as the Heat continued to control the match, but still were unable to capitalize on their numerous chances.
With just under twenty minutes left on the clock, the Cougars were the team to score first. Mount Royal pounced on a quick counter attack that broke the Heat defense. Making no mistake the Cougar forward found the back of the net after besting the Heat defender one-on-one.
Until the final whistle, the Heat continued to control tempo and push to rally the equalizing marker, but just couldn't get the ball across the line.
With the loss the Heat would play the University of Lethbridge at 10 a.m. for third place Sunday morning.