A late goal for the host WolfPack force UBC Okanagan to accept the 1-1 draw after an outstanding effort in Kamloops on Saturday.
Women’s Soccer (Canada West Conference play)
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Hillside Stadium, Kamloops, BC
SCORING 1 2 FINAL UBC Okanagan (1-5-4) 1 0 1 Thompson Rivers (3-5-2) 0 1 1
KAMLOOPS, BC – Playing one of their better soccer games of the year the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team allow the home squad to pull the game even in the 85th minute to finish with a (1-1) draw on Saturday against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
After allowing three first half goals on Friday (Oct 9) night the Heat were much better defensively in the rematch it took a late marker by TRU’s Danielle Fauteux in order to tie UBC Okanagan at Hillside Stadium.
Fauteux’ goal in the 85th minute off a pass from Brianna Powrie was her fourth goal of the year.
With the late goal the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team fail to make any ground in the standings, TRU now has a record of (3-5-2) while the Heat have played in four draws and fall to (1-5-4). The ‘Pack are in the sixth and final playoff spot with 11 points, UBCO are in seventh with seven.
A tale of two halves for both teams with UBC Okanagan clearly the aggressor in the first 45 and the Kamloops side pushing the pace for much of the second half.
The Heat got their goal in the 19th minute as continually pressing Heat forward Courtney Hemmerling was able to beat Taylor Shantz off a scramble and rebound. This was Hemmerling’s first goal of the campaign, last season, as a freshmen the Kelowna Secondary product tied for the team lead in goals with two. She has set up two other goals this season.
“I was happy with the way we turned things around after last night (3-0 TRU win), “said UBCO head coach Claire Paterson. “ We came out with a new game plan. For the most part, the girls were executing it. There were some defensive lapses on our part which let TRU back into it. We are pretty banged up throughout the match and had to pull some kids off because of injuries. They fought well. It is always a battle going up against TRU.”
Paterson says it is always tough slugging against the WolfPack: “Always physical. It goes back to our college days. It is a big rivalry.”
UBC Oknagan will close out the conference regular season with four straight games at home on the Nonis Sports Field. This upcoming weekend (Oct. 17-18) two Alberta teams will provide the opponents as MacEwan on Saturday and Mount Royal on Sunday. Both games hit the turf at 12 p.m.
The final weekend (Oct. 24-25) will be UNBC and Alberta, once again all games starting at noon.
~ With notes from Larry Read // Thompson Rivers communications