SATURDAY (Sep 20): Heat men’s soccer vs. No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds (7 p.m.)
To be played at Nonis Sports Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||TALE OF THE TAPE||No. 1 UBC THUNDERBIRDS|
|1.20||Goals Against Average||0.50|
HEAT (4-4-2, 3-2-0 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CW Preseason Coaches’ Poll Ranking: 13th overall, 6th in Pacific
2013-14 CW Tournament Placing: N/A
2013-14 CIS Tournament Placing: N/A
2013-14 Conference Record: N/A
Last CW Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
Last Night: For the fourth straight match the final score was 2-1 for teh Heat men’s soccer team, Friday night UBC Okanagan was on the losing end of the result, ending their two game win streak.
Last Weekend: Two exciting games for the home fans last weekend saw the Heat sweep away the Fraser Valley Cascades (FULL RECAP) and the Trinity Western Spartans (FULL RECAP) with back to back 2-1 victories on Friday and Saturday (Sep 12-13) respectively.
Saturday night matchup: The Thunderbirds are once again rolling, off to a 5-0-0 start and a 15-2 goals for goals against ratio after besting TRU on Friday night 3-0; this past weekend (Sep 13-14) in Vancouver they drubbed the visiting Timberwolves by scores of 5-1 and 3-0.
Gametime: Saturday the game is a 7 p.m. start and once again will take place on the Okanagan campus of UBC at the Nonis Field.
Thunderbird’s goal machine :UBC Thuderbirds’ Navid Mashichi leads this years scorer’s charts.
The next big thing : UBC Okanagan’s Enzo Pal has been rated 2nd best athlete of the week by canadawest.org
He does it all for the thunderbirds : Incidentally, Navid Mashinchi is also on top of his game with the assists, having 6 to his name already.
The man with the Golden Gloves : Richard Meister of the Thunderbirds hasn’t let the goal past him this season, having kept 4 clean sheets.
He loves testing the glovemen : Thudebirds’ played Miller Mehrabi has tested the keeper a total of 20 times, second place on the stats board with shots on goal.
CW Preseason Coaches’ Poll Ranking: 1st overall, 1st in Pacific
2013-14 CW Tournament Placing: 1st (Gold)
2013-14 CIS Tournament Placing: 1st (Gold)
2013-14 Conference Record: 12-1
Last CW Title: 2013
Last CIS Title: 2013
Key returnees: Niall Cousens, Milad Mehrabi, Navid Mashinchi, Sean Einarsson, Paul Clerc, Luke O’Shea
Key additions: Kyle Sohi, Chris Serban, Jules Chopin, Tristan Wallis-Meyer
Key departures: Reynold Stewart, Will Hyde, Greg Smith
VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds are ready for a run at an historic third straight national title.
Last year, UBC finished the 2013 campaign on a 16-match winning streak to repeat at the CIS tournament. The Thunderbirds won four banners in a row from 1989 to 1993 and were also champions from 1984 to 86. No other school has been able to win more than two consecutive CIS titles.
This year’s UBC team returns nine of its 11 starters from last season, and has improved its depth through an excellent recruiting class.
Up front, Niall Cousens will once again be a menace to opposing defenders. The 6-foot-4 forward scored five goals in UBC’s last four post-season games in 2013 and was named the CIS championship tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The Thunderbirds added to their offence with the addition of forward Kyle Sohi, one of the top high school recruits in B.C.
Despite losing Canada West Most Valuable Player Reynold Stewart, UBC’s midfield remains outstanding. The team returns four All-Star midfielders: Canada West goal-scoring leader Milad Mehrabi, who was on the Second Team, First Team All-Star Navid Mashinchi, league Rookie of the Year Sean Einarsson (First Team) and Harry Lakhan (Second Team).
The defensive corps is anchored by Paul Clerc, a CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadian, First Team league All-Star and CIS All-Canadian and CIS tournament All-Star. He’s joined by Tyler Mertens and Bryan Fong, both of whom established themselves as stalwarts on the back end last year. Chris Serban, a graduate of the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program, and transfer Tristan Wallis-Meyer are among the others who will battle for minutes on defence.
In goal, UBC needed to use four goalkeepers last season because of injuries. All of them are back, including Luke O’Shea, who played in UBC’s last four games in 2013.