Men’s Soccer (Canada West Conference play)
UNBC Timberwolves (1-1-0) vs. UBC Okanagan Heat (1-1-0)
|Goals by period||1||2||Tot|
|UBC Okanagan Heat||0||1||1|
|UNBC||12:25||Francessco Bartolillo (Tofa Fakunle) (1)|
|UNBC||34:42||Tofa Fakunle (unassisted) (1)|
|UBC Okanagan||55:05||Austin Jones (unassisted) (1)|
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Fresh off their first Canada West win in as many appearances in the league, the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team could not sweep the weekend, settling for a split with their host UNBC Timberwolves following a 2-1 result Sunday afternoon.
Down 2-0 early, the Heat seemed shell shocked at a revitalized Timberwolves team that saw forwards Francesco Bartolillo and Tofa Fakunle get on the board in the first half with a goal apiece in the 12th and 34th minute, respectively.
“They came out with a little bit more urgency,” commented UBC Okanagan head coach Dante Zanatta postgame. “I think the boys responded well in the second half, and put them under lots of pressure.”
Unfortunately, a stronger second half would not be enough for the Heat. Though fifth-year forward Austin Jones (Vernon, BC) would notch a goal to cut the deficit to a 2-1 margin ten minutes into the period, the Heat were unable to find goal number two and the score would stand through the final whistle.
“We just have to get better around the net,” Zanatta continued. “Austin had another one where he caught the keeper out–we all thought it was going in but the keeper got a fingertip to it and pushed it wide. Jorden Leib [4th year, Bellingham, WA] also had a few good looks but shot wide. We just couldn’t get the elusive second one. I think [if we had], we would have gotten the third one.”
Following a stellar match Saturday wherein he notched his first Canada West shutout, second-year Heat keeper Christopher Cuthill was pressured more heavily in the rematch, having to deal with double the number of shots on goal (12 shots to Saturday’s 6). However, the young keeper showed impressive poise in the second half to keep that period clean despite the late game barrage by UNBC to try and put the game away for good.
Moving to .500 with a 1-1-0 record, the Heat are in Kelowna next weekend for their home opener against the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday (Sep 12) night at the Nonis Sports Field with the game set to start at 7 p.m.
On Saturday at UBC Okanagan the Trinity Western Spartans will provide the day’s challenge for the Heat with the contest to start at 7 p.m. on the Nonis Sports Field.
HEAT NOTES: Austin Jones scored his 14th career goal for UBC Okanagan, he needs just three more to tie Thomas Simkins (2005-2012) for first place as the all-time leading goal scorer at this institution…..Rookies Cole Kingzett (Penticton, BC) and Shaun Pilcher (Coquitlam, BC) started both Canada West games this weekend.
~ With notes from Jesse Olynyk, Sports Information Officer, University of Northern British Columbia