Women’s soccer defeats WolfPack 1-0. Senior Tallon records second Canada West shutout.
Women’s Soccer (Canada West Conference play)
UBC Okanagan (1-7-3) vs. Thompson Rivers (1-10-0) Goals by period 1 2 - Tot UBC Okanagan........ 1 0 - 1 Thompson Rivers..... 0 0 - 0
GOAL Time/Team Goal Scorer Assists 1. 33:21 - UBCO Michelle Smith (2) unassisted
KAMLOOPS, B.C.: The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team headed to Kamloops to begin their final weekend of play in 2014 against the valley rival WolfPack in a home-and-home series Saturday afternoon. The Heat would emerge victorious in a 1-0 affair that would give the team their first tally in the W column since joining Canada West this year.
Thirty-three minutes into the match, fourth-year Vernon product Michelle Smith found space to make her move past the defense and put in her second goal of the season unassisted. Smith finished on a scramble following a Heat corner that the WolfPack keeper was unable to handle.
The Heat defense suffocated Thompson Rivers in the first half, limiting the WolfPack to only six shots to the Okanagan team’s 11. In the second half the ‘Pack sent off 12 shots, but only six over the course of the game would be on target.
UBC Okanagan’s fifth-year keeper Christine Tallon (Kamloops, BC) did not disappoint in front of her hometown crowd as she notched her second shutout in Canada West. For her the win was especially sweet as it came at the hands of the WolfPack, who have dogged the team for many years in the college league in regular season and playoffs.
“A weight was lifted when that final whistle blew … for every veteran who’s dreams have been crushed by TRU.” Tallon said after the match. “Today was exciting. It was joyous. It was something we deserved. And to have it happen on a field I have spent thousands of hours training on to become the player I am today was the icing on the cake for me. It just felt right.”
Another one of those ‘veterans’ in fourth-year Kirsten Dodds (Vernon, BC) left nothing in reserve and played as if she “was in [her] first year again.” She had eight shot attempts for the day.
The Heat had a glorious chance to go ahead by two in the 65th minute but Edmundson stoned the Heat forward Susan Traynor from six yards out.
“I was in the right spot at the right time,” Edmundson stated, who was one of two Thompson Rivers players playing in their game in front of their home fans. The other was Bronwyn Crawford.
TRU’s best chance of the second half came in the 68th minute when Marlie Rittinger (3rd year, midfield, Ashcroft, BC) placed a through ball to Miller who turned on the speed down the left side and blasted a shot which hit the side of the UBCO net.
UBC Okanagan outshot Thompson Rivers 19-18 and committed 27 fouls compared to 16 for the WolfPack.
The Heat will go into their final game of the season with a 1-7-3 record while the WolfPack enter the rematch at 1-10-0.
Sunday’s rematch will conclude the first Canada West tours of both the Heat and WolfPack, former PACWEST foes who made the CIS jump together this season. Kick-off is at noon, with a short ceremony commemorating five outgoing Heat seniors: 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)
~ With notes from Larry Read (TRU Sports Information)