Women’s Soccer – vs. the Langara Falcons, Saturday (12 p.m.) at Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus*
Men’s Soccer – vs. the Langara Falcons, Saturday (2 p.m.) at Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus*
Men’s Rugby - vs. the UBC Thunderbirds, Saturday (2:30 p.m.) at the Parkinson Rec. Centre, Kelowna, BC
Women’s Soccer – vs. the Quest Kermodes, Sunday (12 p.m.) at Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus
Men’s Basketball - scrimmage vs. the Vancouver Island Mariners, Sunday (1 p.m.), at the UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium
Men’s Soccer – vs. the Quest Kermodes, Sunday (2 p.m.) at Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus
*The university will honour their fifth year and graduating players on the Saturday home game before the student-athletes respective game. (WSOC: Jennifer Kidd, Taylor Sarchet, Hayley Uyeyama, Madeleine Greig, Ashley Albores, Lana Finley) (MSOC: Kennedy Hindley)
Away Events (All times in PST)
Women’s Rugby - at Simon Fraser, Saturday (TBA) at TBA
October 18th and 19th (Friday & Saturday) the Annual Senior Boys’ Ogopogo Volleyball Tournament at the Gymnasium, UBC’s Okanagan campus, held in conjunction with Kelowna Secondary Best of the West Tournament. Co-hosted by UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball.
Women’s Soccer – Coach Claire Paterson has once again guided her squad into the playoffs as the Heat secured their bid in a 3-0 effort over the Douglas Royals last Sunday. However, the pedal will remain to the floor as the top four teams will continue jockeying for playoff position, and to hold momentum going into the provincial championships.
This weekend they will host the Langara Falcons and the Quest Kermodes to close out their 2013-14 regular season. Both teams are also playoff bound, so expect high quality soccer at the Nonis Sports Field all weekend long.
Up first are the fourth-seeded Falcons. Third-seeded UBC Okanagan and Langara boast identical records at 6-3-3 (W-L-T), and this Saturday matchup could decide who will (likely) play the currently top-seeded and defending provincial champion Thompson Rivers WolfPack in the PACWEST quarterfinals. The Heat dropped their first meeting with Langara in Richmond 0-2 on September 21, so expect the Heat to be looking to avenge the loss and defend home turf in kind.
The Quest Kermodes look to be heading into the playoffs as the second seed and, once again, the Heat will be looking to avenge an earlier loss as they fell to the Kermodes 0-3 in Squamish the day after their bout with the Falcons. "Unfortunately some errors on our part let us down but the good thing is that errors are always fixable and we will be working hard … to get back on track,” said Paterson after the loss. The Heat will need to focus on sharpening and tightening their fundamentals and technical game this time around, especially on the defensive end if they want to slow an offensively potent Kermodes squad.
The Heat are currently 0-3-1 versus each of the other playoff teams, and can use any success this weekend as a confidence boost and to send a message that they will once again be a threat for the provincial crown.
Kickoff Saturday versus the Falcons is at 12 p.m., and again at 12 p.m. Sunday versus the Kermodes.
Men’s Soccer – Playoffs are at the doorstep and the Heat men’s soccer squad is not out of the woods yet. Then again, several teams are in the same position as the PACWEST men’s playoff picture will literally come down to this weekend.
The fourth-seeded Heat have an identical record with the fifth-seeded Vancouver Island Mariners, but the Mariners have the tie-breaker over the Heat in the event of a tie at the end of the season. Depending on the weekend’s results, it is possible for the Heat not only to supplant the third-seeded Douglas Royals, but for the Royals to get edged out of the playoffs entirely.
Perhaps the biggest game of the Heat’s year will be the bout with playoff-bound Langara on Saturday. The good news for the Heat is that they already showed that they can beat the league’s number one when they squeezed a 3-2 win in Richmond on September 21. However, the team knows not to get complacent. Holding a 3-0 lead near the beginning of the second-half of their first match with Langara, the Heat would see the veteran and savvy Falcons forge a late comeback that would scare the Heat, even though time would inevitably be on their side. At the very least, the Heat now know the value of poise when facing situations that would usually take the confidence out of most teams.
Regardless of the outcome with the Langara matchup, the Heat will have a good shot at ending their regular season on a high note when they host the eighth-seeded Kermodes on Sunday. To date, Quest has been unable to capture a win against its PACWEST opponents this season, and has a point differential of -18. They are, however, capable of at least drawing a tie or coming very close with even the best in the league, as they have tied Langara and narrowly lost 1-2 to the WolfPack. The Heat cannot approach this match like a cakewalk, and will need a repeat performance of their 4-1 win in Squamish against the Kermodes to bolster their chances of making the dance.
The Heat kickoff against the Falcons Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Nonis Sports Field, and then they will close out their regular season against the Kermodes Sunday at 2 p.m.
Men’s Basketball – After a weekend of rest, the Heat will resume play this Sunday, hosting Vancouver Island University at UBC’ Okanagan campus Gymnasium for a single exhibition game.
Although PACWEST participators, the Mariners should not be taken lightly, as they come into Kelowna in preparation of their national championship defense. Last season, the Mariners made it all the way to the CCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Final, and defeated the Holland Hurricanes from Charlottetown, P.E.I 77-70 to capture the gold medal. This season looks just as promising for VIU, and the opportunity to repeat is very real for the men from Nanaimo.
Meanwhile, the Heat are still in the process of putting all of their newly-acquired pieces together, after an offseason that has brought many new faces to the squad. Scrimmages versus Trinity Western and Fraser Valley two weekends ago have helped the newcomers to become more acclimated to Heat head coach Pete Guarasci’s system, but more game action this weekend versus a very tough VIU team should serve as a better test and measuring stick as to the progress the Heat have made so far in exhibition play.
The Heat host the Vancouver Island University Mariners Sunday, October 20th at UBC’s Okanagan campus Gymnasium, and the game is scheduled for 1 p.m.