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PREVIEW: First road trip for the Heat

PREVIEW: First road trip for the Heat

What you need to know

  • The UBC Okanagan men's soccer teams hit the road for the first time this season with matchups against UFV on Friday night (8 p.m.) and Trinity Western on Saturday (7:15 p.m.) in Abbotsford and Langley respectively. 
  • The annual road trip to play two teams from the Fraser Valley always looms large at the end of the season when deciding playoff berths.
  • Last year the Heat dropped both of these matches but split against these two teams at home.


FRIDAY, SEP 8th, 2017
8 PM | Soccer (M) (1-1-0) vs. the UFV Cascades (0-1-1)
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@ MRC Sports Complex, Field 4, Abbotsford, BC

SATURDAY, SEP 9th, 2017
7:15 PM | Soccer (M) vs. the Trinity Western Spartans (1-1-2)
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@ Chase Office Field, Langley, BC

A 3-point first weekend

Last weekend in Kelowna stoppage time in the first half allowed USPORTS #4 UBC to score the game winner over the Heat as UBCO fell 2-1 to the T-Birds. On Sunday stoppage time worked in the home squad's favour as Hamish Walde finished off a scramble to put the Heat over Victoria 1-0 for off a dramatic last minute win of the season. The split weekend earned the team 3-points in the standings and tied for second in the Pacific Division.

Inside the numbers

Carl Vandekraats started in goal against UBC and played well making some solid saves and handled the pressure well in his first ever action for the Heat. 

Mitch McCaw started the Sunday match in goal and earned the victory over Victoria with the shutout out-dueling Victoria's Maxwell Branyik-Gil in the process. It was McCaw's sixth shutout in his carerer at UBCO (15 starts). 

Third year defender Hamish Walde scored the game winner on Sunday, his first career goal for UBC Okanagan, he also led the team in shots and shots on goal in the Sunday match with four. 

Second year Christian Taylor notched the lone goal for UBCO in the Saturday loss to UBC. It was his first career goal for UBCO. 

Scouting the Cascades

UFV is coming off their bye weekend and like UBC Okanagan have only played in two matches so far in 2017 in the Pacific Division.

Their opening weekend had the Cascades fall 1-0 in Vancouver to UBC and the season opener.

The next night in Victoria the cascades would draw with the home Vikes 2-2, and finish without a win. 

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v UFV) (3W-2L-0T)

The Cascades won both meetings last season with an aggregate score of 4-0.

The last time the Heat won on the road versus UFV was on Oct. 2, 2015, when they won 3-0.

Scouting the Spartans

The Spartans are winless in their last three matches, playing to a draw twice at home versus UNBC (0-0, 2-2) and dropping a 1-0 contest with UBC on August 26. In their opening match in Victoria the Spartans put away five goals in a 5-1 victory over the Vikes.

After two weekends of play Trinity is (1-1-2) on the season.

Leighton Johnson a fourth year forward for the Spartans is tied for the conference lead with four goals, equaling his entire output form the 2016 campaign.

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

Last season the home team prevailed in each of the two matches, both with finals of 1-0.

As closely contested matches, never in their Canada West history has one squad or the other won by more than a single goal. 

UBC Okanagan has never won at Chase Field (2-0-1) in the three trips to Langley.




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