It was a defensive battle at Mariner Field on Saturday, as UBC Okanagan and Vancouver Island University played to a 1-1 draw. A cool day in Nanaimo translated to a cool day offensively for both squads, as both teams struggled to find their rhythm offensively.
The Heat notched the first goal of the match off a beautiful header by first-year midfielder Alana Hazell (Kelowna, BC), but the team was unable to maintain the lead. Vancouver Island University forward Rachel Jones (1st year, Lanzville, BC) tied the game on a header of her own shortly after the Hazell goal, but neither VIU nor the Heat could find the net for a second time. The result: one point in the standings for both teams.
The Heat will be searching for a win Sunday, September 23rd, when they travel to North Vancouver to face the Capilano University Blues. The match is slated for 12 noon. UBC Okanagan returns to the Okanagan next weekend, when the Heat face Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on Saturday, September 29th and will host the WolfPack the following day, Sunday, September 30th at Nonis Field in Kelowna. Both games are scheduled for 1 p.m.