This weekend will be the final action for the woman's Heat soccer squad when they defend their turf against the Timberwolves and Pandas. Saturday at 12 p.m. is UNBC and then Alberta on Sunday at 12 p.m. Sunday will be the final match and will honour graduating Heat players.
(Canada West Conference Matches)
|UBCO||TALE OF THE TAPE||UNBC||ALB|
|147 (10)||Shots||80 (16)||162 (7)|
|9 (12)||Goals||5 (16)||18 (9)|
|.061 (15)||Shot pct.||.063 (14)||.111 (7)|
|12.3 (10)||Shots/game||6.7 (16)||13.5 (7)|
|76 (10)||Shots on goal||54 (16)||83 (9)|
|.517 (12)||Shots on goal pct.||.675 (1)||.512 (13)|
|1 (13)||Shutouts||1 (13)||4 (4)|
KELOWNA, B.C –After a weekend that saw the UBC Okanagan’s women’s soccer team bow out of the race for qualification into the playoffs after succumbing to consecutive home losses, the Heat will play their final games of the season the coming weekend. The home side will first play host to the University of Northern British Columbia on Saturday (Oct. 24) with the game scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. The Heat will then be hosting University of Alberta on Sunday (Oct. 25) with the game set to start at 12 p.m. Both the games will be held at the Nonis Sports Field.
Play-Off Scenario – The Heat side is standing at 7th place with 7 points from their 12 games so far. Their current standing has made sure that they will not be qualifying for the playoffs this season, being 7 points adrift of 6th placed Thompson Rivers who stand on 14 points with two games remaining.
Players to Watch out for : The UBC Okanagan women’s soccer team are a side comprising of a fairly young roster. The current side was dominated by first (9) and second year (8) players, graduating just two players from the roster this weekend. The next season will be a promising one as they look to build on the positives from this season.
Key Performers : Departing senior forward Mairi Horth will be playing her final two games as a Heat player this weekend. Horth has been a key element for her side during her tenure with the Heat. Her ability to go past players and continuously create chances has made her a dangerous entity for the opposition. In her last season as a Heat player, Horth has scored two goals and assisted another so far. The talented striker will be looking to end her tenure on a high this weekend.
Central Midfielder Michelle Smith is also her in her final season a Heat player. Like Horth, Smith has been a key figure for her team since the very beginning. A leader in on the pitch from her spot in the midfield, she has time and again shown her importance to the side. Smith has been in terrific form in front of the net having found the back of the goal on three occasions this season. Smith, along with Horth, will want to end her span with a good performance this weekend.
Head to Head : UBCO vs UNBC : When the two teams met earlier this season, the game ended in a 1-1 tie, UNBC playing hosts on that occasion. Last year the Twolves and the Heat played twice in September in Prince George both games ended in a draw (0-0) and (1-1).
The Heat vs Alberta : When the two sides met earlier this season, hosts Alberta ended winning 2-1 against the Heat, that was the first ever conference meeting between the two sides. This will be Alberta's first action on the Nonis Turf.
University of Northern British Columbia : After a weekend that saw the Timberwolves win their first game of the season, a 2-0 win in Regina against the Cougars, the side will be travelling to play UBC Okanagan in their penultimate game of the season.
Play-off Scenario – The Timberwolves are standing last in their group, having secured 6 points from their 12 games so far. Their standing effectively ends their chance of securing a playoff berth this season.
Players to watch out for : Attacker Ashley Anderson is having a fine season and has scored one goal and assisted in another so far. Anderson will attempt to take her good form forward in the next game.
Key Performer : Forward Sydney Hall is having a fabulous season having scored four goals so far this season, she scored the lone UNBC goal in the September matchup between the two teams. The star player will attempt to be successful in front of the net yet again.
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 1-9-2
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: /
2014-15 Overall Record: 1-9-2
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: /
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: /
University of Alberta : After a 2-1 win over Regina on the weekend secured a playoff spot for the Pandas lost to Saskatchewan, ending their five game win streak. Better at hme (5-2-1) then on the road (1-3-0) the side will be looking to put up a good performance this Sunday when they visit they Heat. Their momentum will play a key role going forward into the season .
Play-off Scenario – The Pandas currently stand at 5th place in the standings with 19 points. They have successfully secured a spot in the playoffs but will be in the attempt to better their position on the table.
Players to look out for: Third year midiflelder Kristen Livingstone has scored a terrific 5 goals this season. Her form will be vital for her side as they prepare for the playoffs.
Key Performer : Senior forward Julia Ignacio has been the star attraction for the Golden Bears, having scored 5 goals and assisted 3 goals this season. Ignacio’s form is very important for the Pandas and a key part of their attack.
2014 conference record: 7-1-4 (1st in Prairie Division)
2014 playoffs: 1-1
Last CW title: 2013
Last CIS title: 2001