Game Times (PST)
Canada West conference matches
Both matches at Nonis Field, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna, BC
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 5th – Pacific
Last week: 0-2-0, Thu L at TRU (1-0); Sat L vs TRU (2-0)
Streak: 1 T
2015-16 Record: 3-5-4, 5th Pacific Division
2016 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2016 CIS Tournament: N/A
2015-16 Overall Record: (7-5-5)
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
This week for the Heat: This week marks the seventh week of regular season games for the Heat men’s soccer team. Coming off of two tough losses to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, the Heat are looking to improve their play as they head into their final weekend of regular season home games. For the second time this season the Heat will go head to head against the Fraser Valley Cascades and the Trinity Western Spartans. The first game of the series will be played on Saturday (Oct. 15) against Fraser Valley at 1 p.m. at the Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna. Followed by a second match on Sunday (Oct. 16) against Trinity Western at the Nonis Sports Field with a start time of 1 p.m.
Current Form: The consecutive losses to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, (1-0) and a (2-0) have the Heat with a record of (4-6-2), putting them fifth in the in the Pacific West Division. As the season winds down the Heat will need to earn points in the standings with this weekend at home, a pair of wins or some combination of a win and a draw is needed for UBCO to jump back into a playoff spot.
Key Players: First year defender, Spencer Young is still proving his efforts on the pitch this season. With two goals and an assist, Young is quickly adapting to the quick pace and physicality of the CIS. Rookie, Zach Rachynski is also proving his talents in the offensive end as he has two goals made out of his only three shots taken this year. As a 6’0 forward, Rachynski knows how to use his size and create fast plays on the offensive end.
Team Stat: It is a positive that UBC Okanagan is at home this weekend in a pair of big matches as they boast a (3-1-1) record on home turf and have scored six of their nine season goals, and have allowed just one goal against on the Nonis Field this season.
Overall Head to Head (v TWU – 1-3-1): With a (1-0) loss to the Spartans in early September the Heat will be looking to redeem themselves in this weekend’s match up and claim their first win against Trinity Western since their (2014-2015) entry into the CIS.
Overall Head to Head (v UFV – 3-1-0): With a tough (3-0) loss against the Cascades in September the Kelowna squad will be looking to improve their play and adjust to west coast squad as they head to Kelowna this weekend.
2016 CW regular season ranks:
Offence: 9 goals, 13th
Defence: 16 goal against, 6th
2016 CW regular season leaders:
Goals: 2 – Zach Rachynski, F / Nikhil Reddy, M / Spencer Young, D
Assists: 1 – 6 players
Points: 3 – Zach Rachynski, F
Wins: 4 – Mitch McCaw, GK
Shutouts: 4 – Mitch McCaw, GK
FRASER VALLEY CASCADES (7-8-3, 5-6-1 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 3rd – Pacific Division
Last week: 1-1-0, Fri W at TWU (4-1); Sun L vs TWU (2-0)
Streak: 1 L
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 5-4-3, 3rd Pacific Division
2015-16 Playoff Record: 2-1, 3rd in Canada West
2015-16 Overall Record:
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: N/A
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: N/A
Cascades: On Saturday the Heat will continue their campaign at home as they will match up against Fraser Valley. The Cascades, fourth in the West Division are coming a split to the Trinity Western Spartans and will be looking to maintain their play as they will travel to the Okanagan to play the Heat this upcoming weekend.
Current Form: The Cascades are coming off of an impressive (4-1) win and a tough (2-0) loss to the then fourth ranked Trinity Western Spartans. With their only win of the season on the road being this past weekend at Trinity Western the Cascades, which isn’t much of a road trip, will have to mentally prepare to hit the road this weekend to play the Heat.
Key Players: fifth year senior Justin Sekhon is leading the team in goals scored this season. With four goals and a (.154) shot percentage, Sekhon will be prepared and ready to leave it all on the field as his final regular season games are coming close to an end. Rookie, Nate Trampleasure is following Sekhon with two goals and one assist this season.
Team Stat: With 13 goals scored this season and 135 shots taken, the Heat will have to be prepared on defence as the Cascades are averaging 11.3 shots per game.
No. 6 TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (11-3-2, 9-3-2 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: #6
CanWest Standings: 1st – Pacific
Last week: 1-1-0, Fri L vs UFV (4-1); Sun W at UFV (2-0)
Streak: 1 W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: (5-5-2), 4th Pacific Division
2015-16 Playoff Record: 1-2 | 4th CW
2015-16 Overall Record: (6-6-4)
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: 2007 / 3
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: N/A
Spartans: On Sunday the Heat will play Trinity Western, the Spartans, first in the Pacific standings and sixth ranked in the country, are coming off of a split weekend and will be looking to prepare for the upcoming playoffs as they head to Kelowna this week to play the Heat.
Current Form: The Spartans recovered nicely after their third loss of the season (4-1) to the Fraser Valley Cascades with a (2-0) win over UFV. With only two weekends left of the regular season, the Spartans will be looking to maintain their record as they will travel to the Okanagan to play the Heat.
Key Players: Elijah Adekugbe is leading the Spartans in goals scored and assists. With his relentless attitude on offense, Adekugbe has scored six goals so far this season and acquired six assists putting him fourth in that category. With ability to attack the net, Adekugbe has also taken 38 shots this season putting him fourth in that category as well. Vito Poletto is following his teammate in scoring for the Spartans, with three goals so far this season.
Team Stat: With 22 goals scored so far this season, the Spartans are absolutely relentless on offence. With 214 shots taken so far this season they are first in the CIS rankings for that category. The Heat will have to be prepared to battle in the back of the field as the Spartans will be looking to attack.