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PREVIEW: Long weekend home opener for Heat men's soccer

PREVIEW: Long weekend home opener for Heat men's soccer

What you need to know


  • The Canada West season will open for the UBC Okanagan Heat men's soccer team squad this weekend when the Heat host the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, Sep. 2, at 3 p.m. and then on the Sunday of the Labour day weekend will host Victoria on Sunday, Sep. 3, at 3 p.m.  
  • The Heat opened the season with a bye while the Vikes and T-Birds were involved in conference contests. UBC swept their two matches and UVic earned a draw after falling in their opener.
  • At home the Heat will earn their nickname. The temperature in Kelowna is expected to near 35c and on the turf that could be over 40c. 

GAME TIMES (PST)

SATURDAY, SEP 2nd, 2017: [Home Opener]
3 PM | Soccer (M) (0-0-0) vs. the #5 UBC Thunderbirds (2-0-0)
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets - Free admission

SUNDAY, SEP 3rd, 2017: 
3 PM | Soccer (M) (0-0-0) vs. the Victoria Vikes (0-1-1)
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets - Free admission

Both Canada West conference matches matches to be played at the Nonis Field at UBC Okanagan.


A quick look at the Heat

The Heat are an extremely young group having only five players in their fourth or fifth year of eligibility and over 10 newcomers. 

First Soccer All-Star

Reigning UBC Okanagan Male Athlete of the Year Mitch McCaw, a CW All-Star keeper last season – a first for UBC Okanagan soccer in Canada West, will look to once again lead the Heat's stingy defense with the help of veteran defenders Shaun Pilcher and Hamish Walde

Zanatta's reign

Head coach Dante Zanatta is beginning his seventh year at the helm of the men's soccer team at UBCO. In the three years the team has competed in Canada West Zanatta has led the squad to the post season. 

Preseason for the Heat

UBCO has won both of their two preseason games against Langara and Douglas by scores of 1-0, and 2-0 at home in Kelowna. They also scrimmaged several times on the road against Vancouver Island, Quest and two schools south of the border. 

Scouting the Thunderbirds 

- UBC are coming off after back to back wins in the opening series of games at home to UFV and Trinity Western. Each ended in one to nothing victories for the T-birds.

- UBC are the reigning conference silver medalists and finished 5th at the national championships.

- The Thunderbirds are currently ranked #5 in the USPORTS Top Ten 

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v UBC) (0W-5L-1T, 0-1 PS)

After four straight losses to their sister school the Heat played to a draw last fall at home to the 'Birds. 

Scouting the Vikes 

- UVIC opened their season this past Friday with a 5-1 home loss against Trinity Western and followed that up with a 2-2 tie with the Visiting UFV Cascades on Saturday

- This is the second consecutive season that the Heat and Vikes will do battle on UBCO's opening weekend. Last season the home team prevailed 1-0. 

- The Heat also won the second meeting of the season 3-2 in Victoria, a comeback win that propelled UBCO into the postseason. 

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v VIC) (2W-1L-3T)

The last two times out the Heat topped the team from the Island.