SQUAMISH, BC – The UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team will head to the PACWEST provincial final for the second straight year on the strength of their 4-1 victory over the Quest University Kermodes Friday evening.
First year player Alana Hazell scored the team’s third goal and was happy the way her team is peaking at the right time of year.
“It was a great game, and we all really came together to get the win we're all excited and getting physically and mentally prepared for tomorrow,” said Hazell.
Forward Madeleine Greig (2nd year, Penticton, BC) got the game off to a quick start for the Heat. She scored in the third minute of the match, immediately relaxing and energizing the Heat at the same time when she headed the ball into the back of the net off of a beautiful cross from four-time all-star fullback Jennifer Kidd (Richmond, BC).
The Quest Kermodes, playing at home in the championship, stormed back on the Heat. Becky Schile’s looping strike after a free kick bounced inside the eighteen-yard box floated over the head of Heat keeper Christine Tallon (3rd year, Kamloops, BC) for the equalizer in the twentieth minute.
Before the end of the half forward Kirsten Dodds (2nd year, Vernon, BC) intercepted a pass from the Quest keeper and confidently placed the ball in the back of the net giving UBC Okanagan a 2-1 lead at the end of the first half.
In the second half, Quest switched to a more aggressive formation in the hopes that they could grab a late equalizer. This change required UBC Okanagan’s All-Star keeper Christine Tallon to make several phenomenal saves to preserve the victory.
UBC Okanagan’s coach Claire Paterson made an important adjustment of her own, with Quest attacking and the Heat sporting just a one goal lead when she sent in first year forward Alana Hazell (Kelowna, BC). The substitution of Hazell paid immediate dividends when she netted a momentum changing goal minutes after entering the game.
Just over a minute later third year Lindsay Briggs (Forward, Delta, BC) ended the hopes of Quest by chipping the keeper to score the Heat’s fourth and final goal.
"We knew it would be a tough match playing Quest at home,” explains Paterson on her match against the host team in an elimination game. “It was a great win today with four really good goals. The team worked hard for the duration of the match and we were very determined to advance to the championship game. It is exciting as we are one step closer to our goal for the season."
The gold medal game will be Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack who advanced to the final after their extra-time victory over the Langara Falcons. This is a rematch of the 2011 PACWEST finals in Kelowna that saw TRU outlast the Heat to win the Gold in extra time. The winner of tomorrow’s gold medal game will earn a berth to the eight-team national championship in Charlottetown P.E.I. hosted by Holland College from November 7-10, 2012.