Sunday August 26, 2012
Mount Royal University – Calgary, AB
UBC Okanagan Heat vs. University of Lethbridge Pronghorns
Sunday morning was the second and final match of the Alberta Cup in Calgary. UBC Okanagan certainly turned up the Heat soundly defeating University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, a CIS squad, 6-0.
After the victory coach Claire Paterson couldn’t say enough about the effort her team put in to finish up their weekend.
"The game today really showed just how determined and committed our team can be. Everyone showed great character and worked well together to get the result we were looking for. From well-seasoned veterans to the first year players, our team really came together and showed just how strong we can be,” put in Paterson.
Newcomer, Taylor Candelario (1st year, forward, Honolulu, HI) scored twice for the Heat, and two other newcomers netted goals, as Caitlin (CJ) Murchie (1st year, forward, Calgary, AB) and Mairi Horth both scored. Veterans Madeleine Greig (2nd year, forward, Penticton, BC) and Taylor Sarchet (4th year, midfielder, Surrey, BC) rounded out UBC Okanagan’s scoring.
Claire assesses her team’s improvement in the offensive end and talks about the improvement from Saturday to Sunday.
"We struggled putting the ball in the back of the net yesterday but did really well turning that around today. The first year players who came in during the match made and impact which was fantastic,” said Claire. “Overall it was a great team effort today."
Coming out determined to make a statement after the 1-0 loss to Mount Royal the previous day the Heat were able to work together over the duration of the match.
UBC Okanagan started the game with confidence dominating possession from the first whistle. The scoring drought from Saturday persisted, even as the Heat maintained control of the ball they were unable to hit the scoresheet until the 41st minute. Fourth year midfielder Taylor Sarchet played a phenomenal through ball to second year striker Madeleine Greig, who slotted it home.
The scoring drought was over the Heat quickly scored again when rookie forward Taylor Candelario, within five minutes of being substituted in, showed veteran composure when she chips the keeper in the 44th minute to close out the scoring for the first half.
The second half saw some changes on the field for the Heat; the new lineup paid immediate dividends as freshman CJ Murchie followed in a bobble from the keeper to net her first in the 53rd minute.
The Heat continued to dominate play with numerous chances on top of the box, but it wasn't until the 72nd minute when Sarchet rocketed a shot from 30 yards out into the top left corner. This goal was quickly followed by Candelario's second goal of the day in the 75th minute.
The final UBC Okanagan marker began with Murchie's run down the right side who then cut the ball back onto Mairi Horth's head in the 80th minute.
Sabrina Gasparac (5th year, Langley, BC) and Christine Tallon (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) split the match at keeper to earn the shutout.
“This was a great finish to the Calgary tournament. The Heat are looking forward to playing other Canada West teams this upcoming weekend,” adds Paterson explain that the Heat will travel to the Fraser Valley this week to play a pair of matches before the start of the semester.
UP NEXT: Thursday, Aug 30 the Heat are at Trinity Western to play the Spartans with the match starting at 5:00 pm.
UBC Okanagan will then play the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday, Sep 1 at 7:00 pm, in Abbottsford to close out their exhibition schedule.
The UBC Okanagan soccer teams will open the regular season with a two game home-stand on Sep 8-9. The Kwantlen Eagles play the Heat on Saturday and the Douglas College Royals will battle the Kelowna squad on the Sunday.
Saturday the games are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday games will start 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., both days the women kick off before the men, and all games will be on the Nonis Sports Field at UBC’s Okanagan campus.