CALGARY, AB – In a quick trip to Calgary this past weekend the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team defeated the Mount Royal Cougars Saturday night 2-0, before falling to the Calgary Dinos on Sunday morning 3-0.
“It was another good road trip for the team,” comments head coach Claire Paterson. “We definitely saw improvements from our first weekend of exhibition play as the players are now getting more comfortable with each other and the style we want to play.”
A few of the Heat’s freshmen came up big in the game against the host Mount Royal Cougars on Saturday evening, as first year striker from Kelowna, Courtney Hemmerling, notched her first goal in a Heat uniform. Hemmerling’s goal and the 90 minute shutout posted by freshman keeper Francesca Balletta (Burnaby, BC) drove UBC Okanagan to a 2-0 win in Calgary over the Cougars.
Senior forward Kirsten Dodds (Vernon, BC), netted the second goal for UBC Okanagan in the win.
“We played well on Saturday versus Mount Royal, maintaining possession and creating several solid goal scoring opportunities,” said Paterson. “We managed to finally put two away in the second half which was out of sheer hard work and we claimed our first victory and shut out his season.”
Sunday at noon the Heat then stared down a veteran Canada West squad in the Calgary Dinos, who overcame a persistent offense assault from UBC Okanagan, and shut the Heat out 3-0.
Paterson’s needed to mix and match with who was on the field with the quick turnaround in games, “our second match the University of Calgary we had to juggle our line up a bit from the previous match and test out some of our new players in different positions. Calgary played well moving the ball quickly and pouncing on us when we got possession. A couple of errors on our part were punished but that is a very important lesson to learn as we move forward.”
The next action for the Heat will be on the Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna when UBC Okanagan host an exhibition game on August 28 versus Douglas College, game starts at 5 p.m.
Canada West action begins in Prince George Sep 6-7, with the first league home game on Friday Sep 12 versus Fraser Valley.