T-Birds Amrit Berar scores a goal in each half and the Heat can’t get one by Emily Wilson, to lose 2-0 at Thunderbird Stadium.
David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, B.C.
UBC Okanagan (0-7-3) vs. UBC (5-2-1) Goals by period 1 2 - Tot UBC Okanagan........0 0 - 0 UBC.................1 1 - 2
GOAL Time/Team Goal Scorer Assists 1. 02:37 - UBC Amrit Berar (3) Nicole Sydor 2. 76:16 - UBC Amrit Berar (4) Jasmin Dhanda
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Playing for pride in Vancouver the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team were unable to slip one past the Thunderbird keeper as they fall to UBC 2-0 on David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday evening.
Third-year Sauder School of Business student Amrit Berar scored both goals one in each half, her third and fourth on the season, and Emily Wilson posted her third clean sheet of the season against the visiting Heat.
“We are continuing to grow so much as a team,” says assistant coach Ashlee Davison. “I'm always proud of our effort and grit.
With Friday’s loss to UVic and the Thunderbirds defeating Thompson Rivers the Heat had been eliminated from the playoffs before taking the pitch in Vancouver, and the new to the CIS squad played with a great amount of intensity and competitiveness that really impressed their own coaches and the opposing staff.
"What you have to withstand with UBCO is their passion," UBC assistant coach Lisa White explained. "They are so passionate and they are a highly competitive team,” as she gave full credit to UBC Okanagan for their performance throughout the match.
The team played well but coach Davison pointed to the team leaders driving the Heat squad to play with the described intensity and competitiveness.
“A number of our players have risen to the challenge of playing CIS and have shown great depth and character,” continues the long-time Paterson assistant. “Hayley Carlson [captain and defender], Christine Tallon [5th year keeper], and Marissa Klees [Captain, 5th year midfielder] are prime examples of the heart and skill needed to pay at this level. Also, a number of our first year players have grown by leaps and bounds, which points to an exciting future for this team.”
For her efforts in goal, saving six shots, Christine Tallon was named the most valuable of the match as she turned aside the T-Birds again and again. Up two, UBC really pressured the Kelowna squad within five minutes of the second goal, Tallon was called upon to keep the game close, and she made impressive saves on Jasmin Dhanda and Emma Kallner and kept the ball out of her net despite four corner kicks taken in quick succession.
UBC outshot UBC Okanagan 16-1 on the night.
The Thunderbirds, now 5-2-1, will be back in action on October 10 against the Fraser Valley Cascades (7-1-0), who currently sit second in the Canada West Pacific Division as both teams jockey for playoff position. The four Canada West playoff teams are currently Victoria (22 points), Fraser Valley (21 points), Trinity Western (19 points), and UBC (16 points).
UBC Okanagan (0-7-3) will enjoy a bye before concluding its first Canada West regular season on the weekend of Oct 18-19 against Thompson Rivers University. The WolfPack (0-8-0) and the Heat are both looking for that elusive first Canada West conference victory, the first game goes on Saturday (Oct 18) at 12 p.m. in Kamloops, and the final game of the season will take place Sunday (Oct 19) at 12 p.m. in Kelowna.
~ With notes from by Jacqueline MacDiarmid (Sports Information Assistant – UBC Thunderbirds)