Five players score five goals for UVic as the Heat drop their second in a row at home on Sunday afternoon.
Women’s Soccer (Canada West Conference play)
Sunday September 27, 2015
Nonis Sports Field, Kelowna, BC
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KELOWNA, BC - A first half offensive barrage of four goals by the visiting Victoria Vikes sent the host UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team to a 5-1 defeat at the Nonis Sports Field on Sunday (Sep. 27) afternoon.
For the third straight match, and the fifth time this season the Heat allowed their opponent to open the scoring.
Victoria scored two goals in the first 20 minutes before the Heat regrouped and managed to pull one back ten minutes later.
In the 31st minute defender Brittany Wheeler found fourth year Mairi Horth with a long ball, Horth calmly lifted it over the top of a charging goalkeeper for her second goal of the season.
After Horth’s gorgeous goal Victoria pounced back with two more sending the game into the half with UBC Okanagan trailing by three (4-1).
Victoria would find the back of the UBC Okanagan net one more time to cap the scoring off at 5-1, with the win the Vikes record improves to (4-2-1) and are in deadlock for third place with Trinity Western with 13 points.
The Heat with the loss fall to (1-4-3), but still are in sixth place, with a 2-point lead over the seventh place Pandas, UBC Okanagan hanging on to sixth and final post season berth.
The goal scoring was opened by senior Emma Greig who managed to pounce on the miscommunication between the Heat defense and the goalkeeper as she slotted the early goal in just the fourth minute of play, this was her 3rd goal of the season.
The second goal came in the 21st minute of the game when Sarah Douglas sent a through ball that allowed fourth year midfielder Mia Gunter to shoot the ball into the top right corner of the net.
Balletta, making her first start in goal for UBC Okanagan had no chance on Gunter’s blast, but the second year keeper from Burnaby made six saves on the day.
The visiting Vikes were quick to respond to UBC Okanagan’s goal in the first half scoring just five minutes after the Heat. Gunter, this time playing the facilitator, was able to pick out her teammate in the 36th minute Kiara Kilbey, a freshmen, for her fourth of the season.
The visiting side pulled their fourth of the afternoon and last in the first half when Sarah Douglas’ strike was well placed in the top right corner of the net, she was set up by Emma Greig who got her second assist of the season.
The Island squad were quick to open and close the scoring in the second half when third year Teresa Anania’s shot to the bottom corner in the 48th minute and gave the visitors a 5-1 lead. Gunter set up Anania for her second assist of the game, she also scored in the first half for a solid game.
The Vikes will next play host to the University of Saskatchewan on Friday, October 2nd with the match set to begin at 5 p.m.
The Heat will have a bye weekend before playing their annual home and home with interior rival the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
Friday, October 9th on the Nonis Sports Field the Heat will host the ‘Pack at 5 p.m. On Saturday in Kamloops the two old foes will once again battle on the pitch at 5 p.m.
~ Nimai Trivedi // Heat Communications