Showing a lot of fight UBC Okanagan keeps coming back but falls short with a 5-2 loss on the road.
UBC Okanagan (0-4-3) vs. Trinity Western (4-0-1) Goals by period..... 1 2 - Tot UBC Okanagan........ 1 1 - 2 Trinity Western..... 3 2 - 5 SCORING SUMMARY: GOAL Time/Team Goal Scorer Assists 1. 1:31 - TWU Jessica King (6) Amy Gartke 2. 5:12 - TWU Krista Gommeringer (1) Seina Kashima 3. 9:03 - UBCO Courtney Hemmerling (2) Kirsten Dodds 4. 39:05 - TWU Jessica King (7) unassisted 5. 48:01 - UBCO Caitlin Murchie (1) Susan Traynor 6. 50:21 - TWU Jessica King (8) unassisted 7. 86:27 - TWU Vanessa Kovacs (1) unassisted
LANGLEY B.C. –After spotting the host No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans two goals in the first five minutes, UBC Okanagan continually tried to chop down the top ranked foe, yet the deficit proved too steep as the Heat women’s soccer team fell 5-2 to Trinity in Langley Friday night.
On the road and playing the topped ranked team in the country is no way to get your first win of the season, and despite the two quick goals the Heat played loose and pushed the Spartans for the entire 90 minutes.
Just five minutes after surrendering the second goal UBC Okanagan’s Courtney Hemmerling was freed on the right wing on a beautiful ball from senior forward Kirsten Dodds, Hemmerling made a great read and lofted the ball over the keeper into the net from 30 yards out. Hemmerling’s second on the season cut the lead to 2-1.
The Spartans Jessica King scored just before the half to once again put UBC Okanagan down a pair (3-1), and just as they had done in the first half the Heat quickly countered with a goal of their own. Three minutes into the second half third year forward from Calgary, Caitlin Murchie, scored her first goal for UBC Okanagan as freshman Susan Traynor, also from Calgary, led the speedy forward perfectly and Murchie finished. Caitlin’s goal was nearly identical to Hemmerling’s as she lofted the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net. 40 minutes left to play and UBC Okanagan only trailed 3-2.
Marissa Klees a fifth year player and team captain was impressed with her teammates and their effort, never showing any quit during the 90 minutes. “They’re a great team but we fought hard and managed to get two beautiful goals that we can be proud of,” says the midfielder. “And I’m happy about the way we didn’t give up and worked hard until the final whistle.”
UBC Okanagan coach Claire Paterson echoed her captain’s satisfaction on the pair of goals and at the same time lamented a few too many defensive errors “we were our own worst enemy as we struggled to clear the ball out of our 18. That said we scored two nice goals against the top team in Canada.”
Continually capitalizing on any chance given by the Heat was the Spartans fifth year Jessica King, the 5-7 midfielder from Liverpool, England finished Friday’s game with a hat trick, scoring the team’s first, third, and fourth goals of the game. In the Spartans 5-2 win in Kelowna King scored twice in 80 minutes to give her five goals against UBC Okanagan in the two matches played.
Also finding the back of the net for the Spartans were Krista Gommeringer, who scored off a Seina Kashima pass in the fifth minute, and Vanessa Kovacs who closed out the scoring in the 86th minute with an unassisted goal.
Trinity has now won three straight, and have the best winning percentage (.900) in Canada West with a 4-0-1 record, the Spartans host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Saturday night in Langley at 5 p.m. Thompson Rivers fell to Fraser Valley 1-0 Friday night in Abbotsford.
Still after that elusive first Canada West win the Heat will play the 6-1-0 Fraser Valley Cascades in Chilliwack on Saturday night at 5 p.m.
HEAT NOTES: This was the first Canada West game that UBC Okanagan scored more than one goal in…Christine Tallon has made 50 saves in seven games on the year so far, her 50 saves are the most in the conference…Hemmerling has 2 goals as a freshman, third most for a first year player in the Pacific (Levarsky-4 UVic, Kashima-3 UFV)…