Final four games at home for the Heat women's soccer team. This weekend it is the unknown in MacEwan on Saturday at 12 p.m. and then Mount Royal on Sunday at 12 p.m. both on the Nonis turf.
(Canada West Conference Matches)
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||MRU||MCN|
|124 (10)||Shots||89 (15)||143 (8)|
|9 (12)||Goals||10 (11)||13 (9)|
|.073 (13)||Shot pct.||.112 (7)||.091 (11)|
|12.4 (10)||Shots/game||8.9 (15)||14.3 (8)|
|65 (10)||Shots on goal||55 (11)||83 (4)|
|.524 (12)||Shots on goal pct.||.618 (2)||.580 (7)|
|1 (12)||Shutouts||1 (12)||3 (7)|
KELOWNA, B.C – After a weekend that saw the UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team lose one and tie the other game against Thompson Rivers, the Heat will be looking to prove a point this weekend. The side will first play host to MacEwan University on Saturday (Oct. 17) with the game scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. The Heat will then be hosting Mount Royal University on Sunday, game set to start again at 12 p.m. Both the games will be held at the Nonis Sports Field.
Play-Off Scenario – The Heat side is standing atseventh place with seven points from their 10 games so far. The side is four points adrift of Thompson Rivers who now stand in sixth position with 11 points from 10 games. This weekend is a crucial one for the Heat as they attempt to qualify for the play-offs.
Player to Watch out for : Second year forward Courtney Hemmerling has scored one goal and assisted two others this season. Her consistency and drive towards the goal will be a key element for the Heat.
Key Performers : 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. Goalkeeper Joella Koblischke has now made the fifth highest amount of saves this season with 56 saves.
Head to Head: This is the first year UBC Okanagan has had to play either of these Alberta teams in conference play.
MacEwan University :MacEwan University have earned themselves four points from the possible six points when they played Mount Royal University this pastweekend. They will be looking to boost their bid to qualify for the play-offs when they visit UBC Okanagan this Saturday.
Play-off Scenario – The Griffins are now standing in fourth position with 15 points from their 10 games so far. They lead fifth placed Lethbridge by six points and trail third placed Manitoba by just fives. They will be looking to further up their game and secure a berth in the play-offs.
Players to watch out for : Forward Sheena Tracey has now scored two goals and assisted on four goals already this season. Tracey is having a brilliant campaign and will look to continue her good form.
Key Performer : Rookie Isabelle Dobbin is having a fabulous first season having scored five and assisted two goals this season. She will be attempting to continue her dream season this weekend.
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 7-3-2
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 0-1
2014-15 Overall Record: 7-4-2
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: n/a
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: n/a
Number of new players: 15 // Key Recruits: Emily Burns (GK/Sherwood Park, AB/Internazionale, Strathcona Christian), Suekiana Choucair (M/Edmonton, AB/Internazionale, St. FX), Isabelle Dobbin (F/Devon, AB/Scottish United, John Maland), Meaghan Lemoine (M/Edmonton, AB/Northwest United, St. Joseph), Isabella Ponciano (D/Edmonton, AB/Internazionale, O’Leary), Sarah Riddle (F/Edmonton, AB/Northwest United, O’Leary)
Number of departing players: 11 // Key Losses: Jenna Sietz (D/3), Shaelan Donovan (F/3)
Key Performer: Fifth-year forward Jenny Lam (Edmonton, AB) returns for her final season as the Griffins captain. With a strong presence on and off the field, Lam led the team in assists during the 2014/15 season, is a strong role model for the team, and provides solid decision-making on the field.
Coach Quote: “Our expectation is to build off last year’s success. We made it to quarter-finals in our first year in Canada West. This year, we look to achieve more and are up for the challenge to go deeper into playoffs 2015.” – MacEwan head coach Dean Cordeiro
Key storyline: The Griffins enter their second season in Canada West with added depth to their program after the addition of 13 first-year and two transfer athletes. The injection of new talent to the veteran roster has created a healthy competition for starting positions; the highest competition that Coach Cordeiro has seen in his three years at the helm. Team chemistry and quick integration into the Griffins’ system of play is the key to success. Coach Cordeiro plans to use their newfound depth to their advantage as MacEwan University fights for a stronger post-season than 2014.
Mount Royal University – The Cougars are coming from a close 3-2 loss to the Griffins and will be trying to get their campaign back on track. With only a few more games left until the play-off berths are decided, the Cougars will try to capitalize on their fixtures this weekend.
Play-off Scenario – The Cougars have a total of 5 points from their 10 games and stand in 6th position in their group. They trail 5th placed Lethbridge by 4 points and have the same amount of points (5) as Regina. A good performance this weekend will bolster their chances.
Players to look out for : Midfielder Navroop Virk has scored three goals and assisted one goal this season. Virk will be an important player for the Cougars.
Key Performer : Midfielder Kelsey Kinzer has scored two goals and assisted two goals this season. Kinzer’s performances have been a key element of Mount Royal’s campaign so far.
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 4-7-1
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 0-0-0
2014-15 Overall Record: 4-7-1
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: /
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: /
Key Recruits: Erin Holt (F/Calgary, AB/Foothills), Amanda Schafer (M/Calgary, AB/SAIT), Danielle Lugotoff (D/Ojai, CA/Eagles ECNL), Sarah Morely (M/Calgary, AB/Villains), Ashley Fleck (D/Calgary, AB/Villains), Vivian Lau (F/Calgary, AB/North Star)
Number of departing players: 4 // Kristin Deeks (M/13), Karlee Hodl (F/10), Donella Lockhart (M/15), Luci Tansley (M/16)
Key performer: The Cougar will count on two fifth year players down the middle in 2015. Striker Kelsey Kinzner has led Mount Royal in scoring each of her first four seasons and will once again be counted on for the bulk of the offence. Reaghan Zilkie, the Cougars’ central defender, has been a constant stabilizing force on the backend since transferring from the NCAA three seasons years ago.
Coach Quote: “We want to be better than we were last season. We have not gotten to the playoffs in the CIS and that is a goal of ours but we are looking to get better as a team first and foremost. We have a lot of younger players this year and we will be counting on our fifth years and veterans to guide them.” – MRU head coach Tino Fusco
Key storyline: Goal scoring will be the key to the Cougars’ success in 2015-16. Last season Mount Royal scored 13 goals in 12 regular season games for the second lowest goal differential in their division. Coach Fusco addressed his needs at striker and at midfield bringing in some known scorers from the ACAC and club level.