Sunday, October 13, 2013 SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Nonis Sports Field, Kelowna, B.C.
UBC Okanagan Heat (6-3-3) vs. Douglas College Royals (1-0-10)
|Goals by period||1||2||Tot|
|UBC Okanagan Heat||0||3||3|
HEAT SCORING SUMMARY:
1. UBCO Devon Fleming-Frame (1)
2. UBCO Lindsey Briggs (1)
3. UBCO Michelle Smith (5)
Kelowna, BC - Devon Fleming-Frame's first career goal as a member of the Heat proved to be a big one in more ways than one. Her pinpoint blast from 25 yards out would sneak just under the crossbar and proved to be both the game-winner and the goal that sends the Heat back to the playoffs, as UBC Okanagan has officially earned a berth in the 2013 PACWEST playoffs with their victory Sunday versus the Douglas College Royals.
The Heat dominated the majority of the match, spending the greater part of 90 minutes in the Royal end. Despite constant pressure from the Heat, Douglas refused to break defensively, and although they surrendered multiple chances to Taylor Sarchet (5th year, Surrey, BC) and Taylor Candelario (2nd year, Honolulu, HI), the score remained 0-0 heading into the middle portion of the second half.
In the 65th minute, Fleming-Frame would find herself with open space 25 yards out and she would fire a laser that snuck just over the outstretched arms of the Royal keeper and just under the crossbar to put the Heat ahead 1-0. Lindsey Briggs would add another shortly after from almost the exact spot that Fleming-Frame scored to put the Heat up 2-0. Michelle Smith would put the game out of reach in the 80th minute with a header from 12 yards out to put the game out of reach 3-0.
"We got the result today that I would expect," said Heat head coach Claire Paterson following the game. "I was happy with how the team came to play today. Three great goals, and it was great to see Devon get on the scoreboard with her first career goal. That was awesome."
While the Heat have secured a playoff berth, two big games loom on the horizon for next weekend in terms of playoff positioning. The Heat will host both Langara College and Quest University, who currently sit third and second in the PACWEST respectively. The Heat currently find themselves in a tie-breaker situation with Langara, with both teams at 21 points apiece. Meanwhile, Quest only leads Langara and the Heat by 3 points at 24 total, and two wins next weekend for the Heat could vault UBC Okanagan into the second seed.
It will all unfold next weekend, October 19th and 20th, as the Heat will play host to Langara College and Quest University in the final PACWEST weekend of play in the regular season. Sunday's game will be Senior's Day at Nonis Field, as the Heat will celebrate their departing seniors in the final game of their careers at UBC Okanagan. Both games are scheduled for 12 p.m.