Playoff Game Time
*LOCATION: *To be played at the David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, BC.
|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||No. 3 UBC THUNDERBIRDS|
UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (6-7-3, 5-5-2 Canada West) SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 4th
Last week: 1-0-1: Sat W, 1-0 @ TRU; Sun T 1-1 vs TRU
Streak: 1 Tie
2013-14 CanWest Record: N/A
2014 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
This Friday: After winning three of the first four Canada West games the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team served notice that their first foray into the conference schedule would not see them intimidated by the level of competition.
With a 5-5-2 record the Heat earned the fourth playoff spot in the Pacific Division and will square off against the third ranked team in the country and the two-time defending national champions the 9-2-1 UBC Thunderbirds the top seed in the division.
Although UBC Okanagan won only two of their final eight games one of those wins came against the Fraser Valley Cascades, a team that has defeated the T-Birds this year.
In a one game scenario anything happen as the winner will head to the Canada West Final four and the loser will have finished their season.
It is the playoff time in Canada West soccer UBC Okanagan will invade Thunderbird stadium looking to rustle the ‘Birds from their coup and move on from the Canada West quarter-finals. Game time is 7:00 pm at David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium.
Last weekend: Enzo Paal delivered an extra time goal to break a scoreless tie in Kamloops on Saturday and catapult UBC Okanagan into the postseason and end Thompson Rivers chances at the same time. Sunday afternoon the same teams played to a 1-1 draw in Kelowna, forcing UBC Okanagan into a matchup with the Thunderbirds as the No. 4 seed.
UBC Okanagan Heat vs. UBC Thunderbirds Record: The two teams met twice during the regular season UBC emerged victorious both times, defeating the Heat 4-0 and 2-0. Niall Cousens led the Thunderbirds with three goals combined in the two head to head battles. The 2-0 score was just three weeks ago in Vancouver.
UBC Last weekend: With not much to play for the Thunderbirds fell to Victoria on the Island on Friday night 2-1 and then played to a draw with the eliminated Trinity Western Spartans.
Underdogs: UBC Okanagan has only scored 13 goals, averaging one goal per game, while UBC scored 33, averaging just over three goals per game. UBC Okanagan held UBC to just two goals in their last matchup, the T'birds, after scoring three or more in six of their first seven games, has managed just eight goals in their last five games – this started with the 2-0 game versus the Heat.
For the Heat: Enzo Paal led the Heat with four goals during the regular season. Christopher Cuthill will likely get the start in net; he allowed 16 goals in 12 games this season and played every minute as keeper for UBC Okanagan.
CIS National Ranking: No. 3
CanWest Standings: 1st
Last week: 0-1-1; Fri L (2-1) @ UVic, Sun T (1-1) vs. TWU
Streak: 1 Tie
2013-14 CanWest Record: 12-1
2014 CanWest Playoffs: 1st (Gold)
2014 CIS Tournament: 1st (Gold)
Last CanWest Title: 2013
Last CIS Title: 2013
preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key returnees: Niall Cousens, Milad Mehrabi, Navid Mashinchi, Sean Einarsson, Paul Clerc, Luke O'Shea
Key additions: Kyle Sohi, Chris Serban, Jules Chopin, Tristan Wallis-Meyer
Key departures: Reynold Stewart, Will Hyde, Greg Smith
VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds are ready for a run at an historic third straight national title.
Last year, UBC finished the 2013 campaign on a 16-match winning streak to repeat at the CIS tournament. The Thunderbirds won four banners in a row from 1989 to 1993 and were also champions from 1984 to 86. No other school has been able to win more than two consecutive CIS titles.
This year's UBC team returns nine of its 11 starters from last season, and has improved its depth through an excellent recruiting class.
Up front, Niall Cousens will once again be a menace to opposing defenders. The 6-foot-4 forward scored five goals in UBC's last four post-season games in 2013 and was named the CIS championship tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Thunderbirds added to their offence with the addition of forward Kyle Sohi, one of the top high school recruits in B.C.
Despite losing Canada West Most Valuable Player Reynold Stewart, UBC's midfield remains outstanding. The team returns four All-Star midfielders: Canada West goal-scoring leader Milad Mehrabi, who was on the Second Team, First Team All-Star Navid Mashinchi, league Rookie of the Year Sean Einarsson (First Team) and Harry Lakhan (Second Team).
The defensive corps is anchored by Paul Clerc, a CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadian, First Team league All-Star and CIS All-Canadian and CIS tournament All-Star. He's joined by Tyler Mertens and Bryan Fong, both of whom established themselves as stalwarts on the back end last year. Chris Serban, a graduate of the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program, and transfer Tristan Wallis-Meyer are among the others who will battle for minutes on defence.
In goal, UBC needed to use four goalkeepers last season because of injuries. All of them are back, including Luke O'Shea, who played in UBC's last four games in 2013.