Back on the road for the Heat this weekend. Play Friday @ UNBC (7 p.m. PST) and Sunday @ U of A (11 a.m. PST).
KELOWNA, B.C - After getting off to a solid start to the Canada West season, a start that earned the Heat four out of six possible points on the road in Manitoba, the Heat earned those points with a win (1-0) against Winnipeg and a tie (1-1) versus Manitoba.
Continuing on the road this weekend, Claire Paterson the head coach of the Heat, in her eighth year, will take her squad on the most grueling weekend, travel wise, of the season. On Friday night (Sept. 11 @ 7 p.m.) UBC Okanagan will play in Prince George against the UNBC Timberwolves. The team will travel to Edmonton and then play the Alberta Pandas, the 2013 Canada West champions, Sunday (Sept. 13.) morning at 11 a.m. PST.
Keep shooting it is bound to go in: In 2013-14, UBC Okanagan's first in Canada West, it was a struggle to find the back of the net, the Heat scored just seven goals in 12 conference matches; they averaged 13.4 shots per game and converted just .043-percent. After week one of the 2015 season the Kelowna squad has already scored two goals and averaged 24.5 shots in the first two matches, both stats significantly better than the previous year; the team will need to keep up that pace in shots per match though as they are still converting just .041-percent on shots in 2015.
Head to Head (UNBC): Last year the Twolves and the Heat played twice in September both games ended in a draw (0-0) and (1-1).
Number of new players: 11
Key Recruits: Taylor Samuelson (D/Prince George, BC/Prince George Youth Soccer), Maddy Doucette (F/Prince George, BC/Prince George Youth Soccer), Julia Babicz (M/Prince George, BC/Prince George Youth Soccer)
Number of departing players: 2 - Key Losses (Name, POS, number of years with team): Sidney Roy (Forward, 3 years); Sydney Wilson (Striker, 4 years); Catherine Blokker (Midfield, 3 years)
Key performer: Sydney Hall (Prince George, B.C.) Midfielder Sydney Hall, along with her twin sister, goalkeeper Jordan, will be looked upon as key components of a fifth-year leadership group for the Timberwolves.
Coach Quote: "This season should represent another major step in UNBC's development. Preseason has been positive, and we're looking forward to getting this season going." – UNBC head coach Andy Cameron.
Key storyline: In their fourth year as a CIS program, the women's soccer Timberwolves will look to continue making inroads in Canada West with an aim toward becoming a more competitive squad.
Head to Head (Alberta): These teams have never squared off in a conference match. The squads have met twice in preseason in coach Peterson's eight years. Alberta won both time (4-1 and (2-0).
Key additions: Morgan Corbett (M), Brenna Matiello (F), Alessandra Parth (F)
Key returnees: Jessie Candlish (F), Annalise Schellenberg (M), Julia Ignacio (S), Maggie Zacsko (MF)
Key departures: Kelti Biggs (GK), Rebecca Brandt (D)
Key performer: Alberta’s regular season success was in large part due to their number one ranked defense, which allowed a league low six goals against in 12 games. Repeating those numbers will prove to be difficult in 2015, as the Pandas will be without CIS All-Canadian keeper, and Canada West conference shutout record holder Kelti Biggs. This year’s squad will have to rely on a crop of young goalies including Cassie Bazzarelli, Laura Morrison and Jamie Misiaszek.
Key storyline: The University of Alberta Pandas soccer team will be looking for a bounce back season in 2014, as the 2013 Canada West champions were unable to repeat their success, earning a fourth place finish last season. Although they entered the playoffs as the number one seed, thanks to a 7-1-4 record, the Pandas were eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual silver medalist, UFV. But,with only two key players gone from last season, the Pandas are well placed to be playoff contenders once again.