Saturday October 20, 2012
Nonis Sports Field, UBC, Kelowna, BC
Vancouver Island Mariners (2W-6L-5T) vs. UBC Okanagan (7W-1L-5T)
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
VIU Mariners........ 0 0 - 0
UBC Okanagan........ 1 1 - 2
1. 2:10 UBCO Jennifer Kidd (unassisted)
2. 65:06 UBCO Michelle Smith (unassisted)
Shots: VIU Mariners 9, UBC Okanagan 8
Saves: VIU Mariners 1 (Shelby Walker 1), UBC Okanagan 5 (Christine
KELOWNA, BC – The Heat sailed past the Vancouver Island University Mariners 2-0 Saturday afternoon on the strength of third year goalkeeper Christine Tallon’s (Kamloops, BC) shutout. It was her fifth clean sheet in just seven starts, contributing to the Heat’s seventh win of the league season.
After clinching a spot last weekend in the provincial championships, the Heat used today’s victory to improve their position for the PACWEST championships that will begin Friday Oct 26 and run until Sunday Oct 28 in Squamish, BC.
“We had moments of brilliance today,” commented head coach Claire Paterson on her team’s win.
One such instance was in the second minute of play. Fourth year defender Jennifer Kidd (Richmond, BC) took a rocket shot from outside the box that went sailing right over the Mariner goalie’s outstretched hand to put the Heat up by one.
“We did not play a very consistent game,” Paterson also noted. After Kidd’s goal the pace of the game slowed, and both teams struggled to maintain possession of the ball or create many quality scoring chances for the rest of the half.
In the second half the Heat came out with new energy. Both teams played more aggressive and the pace of the game quickened considerably. In the 65th minute of play, Vernon native Michelle Smith (2nd year, midfielder) sent the ball soaring right out of reach of the Mariners goalies arms giving the Heat their second and final goal.
The Heat’s record is now 7W-1L-5T and are firmly entrenched in second place in the PACWEST standings; the Mariners fall to seventh in the standings with the loss and now sit with a record of 2W-6L-5T.
Sunday’s match will be Seniors Day with a ceremony right before the game to send off the two UBC Okanagan graduating players, Defender Liz Babcock (5th year, Calgary, AB), and keeper Sabrina Gasparac (5th year, Langley, BC).
“Five years have gone by way too fast,” commented the veteran defender Babcock. “I’m probably going to be crying throughout the entire game tomorrow,” she added jokingly.
Babcock and Gasparac’s final home game will be Sunday October 21st, when the Heat take on Capilano University. The game will start at 12 p.m., with the ceremony just prior to the start of the game.