After four consecutive draws, all 1-1, the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team waited until the last minute to score the winning and only goal of the match Saturday versus the Kwantlen Eagles at Newton Athletic Park.
Kira Byers (3rd year, Victoria, BC), normally a defender, was moved to forward for the last 15 minutes of the game, and was able to put the ball past the keeper in the 89th minute to secure the victory. Byers made no mistake when she found the ball during a scramble in front of the Kwantlen keeper, ending the Heat’s frustration.
UBC Okanagan outshot Kwantlen 13 to 4 in the first half and 12 to 5 in the second half. Midfielder Mairi Horth (1st year, Ladysmith, BC) had an opportunity in the first half of play off of a cross, but the shot went just wide of the goal. Early in the second half forward Madeleine Greig (2nd year, Penticton, BC) had a breakaway attempt on the Kwantlen keeper, but was denied by a fantastic save.
“We had so many chances,” reflected head coach Claire Paterson. “We have a solid back line that was doing well but we just couldn’t seem to finish.”
The Heat maintain their position as the third best team in the league at 14 points with their 3W-1L-5T record. UBC Okanagan is two points behind Langara for second (5W-3L-1T), and one point ahead of Quest (4W-4T-1T).
On Sunday afternoon in their final game away from Nonis Sports Field, the Heat will face the 2W-5L-2T Douglas College Royals at 12 pm, at the Towne Centre Fields in Coquitlam, BC.