Oliver Rizun, Heat Athletics
Abbotsford, B.C. - After a dramatic last second win their last time out, the Heat men's soccer team couldn't find the same result this time around against Fraser Valley. On the road for the first time this season the Heat fall 2-0 to the Cascades and were held off the scoreboard for the first time this season.
Surrendering a goal in the first two minutes to UFV forward Brady Weir the UBCO squad were always chasing a prepared Cascades team coming off their bye weekend and trailed at the half 1-0. In the 58th minute the Cascades added an insurance marker when Charlie Lovell's header sailed past Heat keeper Mitch McCaw after a cross from Cascade midfielder Parman Minhas.
Up by two the Cascades defenders were able to keep UBC Okanagan from mounting a staedady attack for the rest of the match.
Physical play: Both teams were putting their bodies on the line throughout the game as the Cascades committed 16 fouls while the team from Kelowna committed six fouls themselves. Their were also a combined eight yellow cards handed out to the two teams.
Red card: Heat defender Shaun Pilcher was sent off after two yellow cards, this is Pilcher's first career red card for the Heat and Pilcher will be out for tomorrow's game against Trinity following the sending off.
Key performance: Once again defender Hamish Walde came to play on Friday night. The third year engineering student made several key tackles to win the ball back for the Heat. This coming off his spectacular heroics last weekend against Victoria. Christian Taylor was named UBC Okanagan player of the match for his 90 minute effort on the turf versus UFV. Brady Weir with his game wininng goal was player of the match for UFV.
Light's out: The start of the match was delayed by 20 minutes after the light's shut off at the Mouat Turf Field.
Up next: The Heat will travel to Langley tomorrow to face the Trinity Western Spartans (1-1-3) at 7:15 p.m. PDT. The Spartans played to a 0-0 draw on Friday night when they hosted the WolfPack.
The Cascades play host to the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack at 8 p.m. PDT on Saturday night in Abbotsford.