Women’s Soccer – vs. the Langara Falcons, Saturday (12 p.m.) at Nonis Sports Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus*
Women’s Soccer – vs. the Quest Kermodes, Sunday (12 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)
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.