After dropping 1-0 on September 19th, the Heat narrowly miss chance to steal win against nationally ranked Vikes in 2-1 loss.
Women’s Soccer (Canada West Conference play)
University of Victoria Vikes (6-0-1) vs. UBC Okanagan Heat (0-6-3)
|Goals by period||1||2||Tot|
|Victoria||9:19||Lindsay Machin (2) (Sarah Douglas)|
|Victoria||10:43||Carly Branion-Calles (2) (Emma Greig)|
|UBC Okanagan||56:42||Michelle Smith (1) (unassisted)|
VICTORIA, B.C. – Hoping to enact revenge for a tough 1-0 defeat to the Vikes on September 19, the UBC Okanagan Heat visited the island Friday night for a rematch but the No. 6 Victoria squad would ultimately hold off a late charge by the visitors to prevail 2-1.
It was a tale of two halves as the Vikes got on the board early with back-to-back goals just twelve minutes into the match. A brilliant corner kick by Sarah Douglas would set up Lindsay Machin for the header on the first goal.
Two minutes later on the counterattack, Emma Greig found Carly Branion-Calles for the soft touch to gain the 2-0 cushion. Greig, the team’s leading scorer with six on the season, was kept to being more of a pass-first player rather than in her typical attack mode.
Regrouping after halftime, the final 45 minutes were largely dominated by UBC Okanagan.
“We [needed] to play better–period,” said Heat coach Claire Paterson postgame, describing her comments to her team during the break. “Hit the restart button and win the second half–and they did, and played a half to be proud of.”
A little over ten minutes into the period, fourth-year midfielder Michelle Smith (Vernon, BC) found her way past Victoria keeper Meaghan Storie for her first goal of the season. The make was the first against Storie since a 1-1 tie with No.1 Trinity Western on September 6th.
“It was much better in the second half,” Paterson continued. “Unfortunately we came out flat at the start and good teams like UVic will punish you and they did. We had a couple of prime opportunities near the end of the game to tie it up after they had some fantastic chances.”
Despite the early goals against in the first half, Heat fifth-year keeper Christine Tallon (Kamloops, BC) was particularly strong in the second, even getting to a late-game penalty kick by Greig to prevent her seventh of the season and keep the Kelowna team’s hopes for a 2-2 tie alive. Tallon would wrap up nine saves.
“Chris came up big for us in the second half,” said Paterson of her veteran keeper.
UBC Okanagan’s Player of the Game was fourth-year forward Kirsten Dodds (Vernon, BC), whom Paterson praised for her relentless effort on both ends of the field.
With the loss the Heat are now 0-6-3 for the season. Meanwhile, the Vikes improve to 6-0-1 in a three-way battle for the top spot in the Pacific Division with Trinity Western and Fraser Valley.
The Heat head to Vancouver Saturday night for a match with the UBC Thunderbirds. Kick off is at 5 p.m. The Vikes will host UBC Okanagan’s travel partner the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Saturday night to conclude the weekend’s action.