able start to first year golfer Samantha Copeland's career at UBC Okanagan. The Calgary golfer has won both tournaments entered while on the PACWEST conference tour, after leading wire-to-wire in week one Copeland came back on Sunday to capture the week-two tournament.
A cold weekend in Alberta comes to an end for the Heat, as the mid-September road trip sees UBC Okanagan surrender an early goal to the Mount Royal Cougars and fail to get the equalizer on their hosts before the Cougars seal the game with a late goal.
The University of Alberta Pandas scored three times in the final 10 minutes of the first half, leading to a 3-0 home win and sending the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer team to their first loss on the season, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.
It was captain Hamish Walde stepping up a curling a free kick in extra time, around the wall and into the top left corner, that averted the road loss for UBC Okanagan as they twarted the Lethbridge Pronghorn men’s soccer team's solid effort and forced the Pronghorns to settle for a 1-1 tie.
Two goals less than five minutes apart was enough to hold a late second-half push by Mount Royal as the UBC Okanagan Heat spoiled the Cougars home-opening match, holding on to a 2-1 score-line on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon.
Subbing in at the 22nd minute for the Heat in goal, Iona Lawson played great behind her defense making six saves to allow the Kylee Walker goal at the end of the first half to hold up as UBC Okanagan grabbed its first win of the year shutting out the visiting MacEwan Griffins (1-0) on Sunday in Kelowna.
Third year Heat forward Luke Warkentin scores his third goal on the season; however, his offense was not enough to derail the UBC Thunderbirds who earned a third straight victory in handling UBC Okanagan (3-1) Saturday night at Thunderbird stadium.
Set pieces supplied the offense for both teams as UBC Okanagan and the University of Victoria scored five combined goals in the second half on Friday night, as the Vikes would get the better of the Heat (4-3) in their home opener.
Thom Gillespie will join the men's program and Lonny Mazurak to help guide the women. Both will help to navigate the upcoming Canada West basketball season and develop players within the Junior Heat Club program.
With two new strong players joining the women's team and incumbent McKenna Lesiuk returning for her third year the Heat women's golf team look to climb back into national contention for the 2018 season, as the season opens this weekend in Richmond.