Women’s Soccer (Senior’s Day) – vs. the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (12 p.m.) [WEBCAST]**
** To be played at the Nonis Sports Field, UBC Okanagan
This weekend: The season will close for the (0-7-3) UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team in a bittersweet way, once again facing their bitter rivals from Kamloops, the (1-9-0) Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
The Heat season has been ended by the WolfPack in two of the last three seasons and in both instances a championship and a berth to nationals was denied the Heat by the Kamloops squad. Although both teams will not see the postseason this year, their first in Canada West, Thompson Rivers is all that stands between UBC Okanagan and their first victory in the CIS.
Schedule: The first game will be in Kamloops on Saturday, October 18 with kickoff at 12 p.m. at Hillside Stadium. Sunday, UBC Okanagan will say good bye to five key players and then play the WolfPack at noon at Nonis Sports Field on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Last weekend UBC Okanagan: The Heat had a bye, but prior to the Thanksgiving weekend, the Heat were on the road and lost UBC 2-0 (Oct 4) and UVic 2-1 (Oct 3).
Last weekend TRU: Hosting UNBC for a pair of games last weekend the WolfPack earned their first ever CIS victory on Saturday (Oct 11) scoring a half dozen in a 6-3 victory over the Timberwolves. Friday (Oct 10) night UNBC got the best of the host squad and won 2-1.
At home: The Heat are winless at home and struggle scoring at Nonis field with just 2 goals in 4 games, but on the road they have netted 4.
Versus TRU: The two squads have yet to face each other this season and UBC Okanagan has not defeated TRU since October 2010, and are 0-3-4 in that time. The WolfPack in 2011 and 2012 defeated UBC Okanagan in the Provincial final.
Graduating players: Sunday will be the final university game for five players on the women’s team: Hayley Carlson (D, Red Deer, AB), Kirsten Dodds (F, Vernon, BC), Paige Howes (M, Kelowna, BC), Marissa Klees (M, Bellingham, WA), and Christine Tallon (G, Kamloops, BC).
Carlson: Is graduating the nursing program in just 4 years from UBC Okanagan and is currently the captain of the team. A leader on the field she is affectionately called ‘Biggie’ by her coaches and teammates.
Tremendous in the classroom and on the field Hayley earned the triple crown in her first three years on the team: Earning a national scholar award, a PACWEST All-Star, and an Academic All-Canadian. She also earned three straight provincial medals, and was named best defender in the 2011 provincial championship.
As a defender she has 5 career goals and has 2 of the 6 scored this year by UBC Okanagan.
Two-times recognized as a Heat scholar-athlete, for her efforts in 2013 she was voted as team MVP and a nominee for UBC Okanagan scholar athlete of the year.
Dodds: Kirsten will graduate in June with a bachelor of Management degree from UBC Okanagan. In her outstanding freshman season Kirsten scored 6 of her 14 career regular season goals and was chosen as the team’s rookie of the year. She was also a provincial all-star in her first year and did so again in her second year.
In 2013, battling injuries all season long Dodds got healthy at the right time scoring a goal in each of the team’s games at the Provincial championships and leading her team to a bronze medal and earning a tournament all-star award.
Both Dodds and Carlson won together netting three provincial medals and posting a 24W-14L-15T record in league and championship play prior to Saturday.
Klees: Marissa is the lone player in this group graduating that will have exhausted her eligibility and done so for UBC Okanagan, graduateing this june with a degree in Nursing the Bellingham native was also a captain for her team the past two seasons. A somewhat undersized midfielder Klees was never afraid and would never back down on the field, making as aggressive tackles on the field as memorable as her mean mugs during team photos.
5 career goals for Marissa the captain was a strong academic earning national and provincial academic in awards in each of her second, third and fourth seasons. Klees was a member of all four provincial medal teams earning 2 bronze and 2 silver in her career.
Klees not only excelled on the field and in the classroom she found time to be involved in many a charity and was a strong for behind last spring’s Relay for Life on campus, raising over $1000 herself for the charity to help research cancer.
Howes: Paige transferred from U of A after her third season and started for UBC Okanagan in her fourth year of eligibility last fall. Immediately fitting in with the tight knit team last season, Paige was able to provide the team some much needed CIS experience in their final year of the CCAA.
Paige, finishing up her human kinetics degree this year, the graduate of OKM was unfortunately unable to provide the same Canada West experience to her team this season after injuring her wrist on the opening weekend in Prince George cutting her final season short.
In her only year for the Heat she earned an academic excellence award.
Tallon: Christine Tallon, like Howes transferred from a Canada West squad prior to suiting up in the blue and gold. Tallon played for U of A in 2011/12 and 2012/13 before tending the net for UBC Okanagan. Christine has 13 shutouts in her 3 seasons for the Heat and although 12 of those were earned in the PACWEST she has been amongst the league leaders in shots saved all season long.
In both years for UBC Okanagan Christine was a PACWEST all-star and a national scholar, and in 2012 she was an Academic All-Canadian.
Last game for TRU players: Two of the Heat’s old foes will also be playing their final game as midfielder Bronwyn Crawford and keeper Emily Edmundson wrap up their careers on Sunday.