The always interesting, always intense matchup with Interior rival Thompson Rivers is on tap this Friday / Saturday. Friday night in Kelowna at 5 p.m. on the Nonis Sports Field will be game one, the return engagement is on Saturday at the Hillside Stadium in Kamloops at 5 p.m.
KELOWNA, B.C – The UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team succumbed to losses in their first two home games of the season two weeks ago and after a week off they will be looking to dominate their games this weekend in the always exciting rivalry games against TRU.
The Heat will first play host to Thompson Rivers on Friday, 9th October at the Nonis Sports Field with the game set to begin at 5 p.m. UBC Okanagan will thereafter be travelling to play Thompson Rivers at the Hillside Stadium for the return fixture on Saturday, 10th October, where the game is set to begin at 5 p.m.
Play-Off Scenario – The Heat side is standing at seventh place with six points from their eight games so far. The side is one spot below sixth placed Thompson Rivers, their opponents this weekend, with the gap between the two sides being a miniscule one point. The two games between the teams this weekend will be keenly contested as both teams look to secure a place in the playoffs as the top six teams qualify for the post season.
Heat Player to Watch out for : Senior Heat forward Mairi Horth is having a brilliant season so far having scored two goals and assisted one so far. Her contribution will be imperative when the Heat play Thompson Rivers this weekend.
Key Performer : Central midfielder Michelle Smith has been in terrific form in front of the net having found the back of the goal on three occasions this season. Her goal scoring prowess will hold key in her side’s pursuit of the playoffs.
Head to Head: UBC Okanagan VS Thompson Rivers: This is the first time the two sides are meeting this season. When these two teams clashed last season, the Heat won the first game 1-0 in Kamloops and the second game ended in a 0-0 draw. Their history extends will into their days in the CCAA, prior to last season UBC Okanagan had not defeated TRU since October 2010, and now are 1-3-5 since that time. The WolfPack in 2011 and 2012 defeated UBC Okanagan in the Provincial final.
Thompson Rivers : The Wolfpack is coming at the back of four consecutive defeats in the conference so far as they will be looking to fight back when they play UBC Okanagan this weekend. Falling to UFV, TWU, UBC, and UVic in that four game stretch.
Play-off Scenario – Thompson Rivers are standing at sixth place with seven points from their eight games so far. The team is currently occupying the coveted sixth spot on the table. With UBC Okanagan within the touching distance of a single point, the Wolfpack will have to be at their very best this coming weekend.
Players to watch out for : Senior forward Danielle Fauteux is having a brilliant campaign having scored two goals and assisted two goals so far this season. She will play an important part in her side’s fixtures this weekend. Brianna Powrie ( 3 assists this season) has been a key contributer as well.
Key Performer : Senior forward Jaydene Radu has had an wonderful season having found the back of the net on four occasions along with providing 2 assists so far. Her influence on the game will be large as her side aims for victory against UBC Okanagan on the weekend.
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 1-10-1
2014-15 Overall Record: 1-10-1
Number of new players: 8
Number of departing players: # 9
Key Losses: Emily Edmundson (GK/5), Bronwyn Crawford (M/5), Kelsey Martin (F/3)
Key performer: Fauteaux is a former junior national team, Whitecap program and NCAA Division 1 player. Her presence in the midfield along with Powrie—a PACWEST all-star will make that area of the field very strong for TRU.
Coach Quote: “We weren’t sharp enough last year. In CIS, you don’t get all day to set up and take the shot. In defending, they come at you very fast and are physical. I believe that we have looked to improve everywhere. It is really the same thing we do every year.” – TRU head coach Tom McManus.
Key storyline: The smaller WolfPack players need to adjust to the physicality of Canada West. If TRU gets Marlie Rittinger (4th year, midfield, Ashcroft, BC) to return after being injured in the spring, they should have one of the toughest midfields in the league.