Women’s Soccer (Canada West Conference play)
UBC Okanagan Heat (0-3-3) vs. UBC Thunderbirds (3-2-1)
|Goals by period||1||2||Tot|
|UBC||55:29||Jasmin Dhanda (5) (Reetu Johal)|
|UBC Okanagan||74:04||Hayley Carlson (2) (unassisted)||PK|
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team would not leave the weekend without a point for their tally, barely missing a chance to steal the win against the visiting Thunderbirds and eventually settling for the 1-1 tie.
The Thunderbirds’ star striker Jasmin Dhanda would open the scoring in the second half with her fifth goal of the season and was a constant threat to the Okanagan team’s backline for the full ninety minutes. The second year Kinesiology student from Surrey, BC sent a laser from 25 yards out on the right side past a sprawling Christine Tallon (Kamloops, BC) into the left corner.
However, the resiliency of the Heat defense and especially fifth-year keeper Christine Tallon would fend off the relentless Thunderbird attack to hold onto the draw.
For her efforts, Tallon was named the Heat Player of the Game behind 16 saves.
A nice run by Kirsten Dodds off of a push from Jasmine Cooper would force UBC into an untimely foul, as the T-Bird defender took Dodds down in the box. UBC Okanagan’s centre back Hayley Carlson (4th year, Red Deer, AB) took the penalty kick in the 74th minute, and the ball would find the top right corner to tie up the match 1-1, her second goal of the season, and make the last 20 minutes interesting for the campus vs. campus showcase.
Thunderbirds keeper Emily Wilson would be beaten for a goal only her fourth time this season, and she would go on to tally eight saves for the match.
Following Carlson’s goal, a reinvigorated Heat front line would create a few great opportunities to steal the match from their CIS ranked opponent but, ultimately, the final whistle dictated the team’s third draw this season as they continue searching for win number one.
“We’re playing with the confidence that we need at this level, and without a doubt, a [win] is coming our way,” said Tallon postgame, also commenting on the progress she feels that her squad has made. “From game one until today we’ve seen a huge change … in our offensive attack, our defense is stronger, [and we are] decreasing errors.”
The Heat are now 0-3-3 for the season while the No. 3 Thunderbirds improve to 3-2-1, and are in a three way tie for second in the Pacific Division with Trinity and Victoria.
UBC Okanagan hits the road next weekend to visit the No. 1 Trinity Western Spartans Friday night at 5 p.m. and the Fraser Valley Cascades Saturday night at 5 p.m. The Thunderbirds have next weekend off to prepare for a rematch with the Heat on October 4th.