KAMLOOPS, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat men's soccer team closed out their 2017 Canada West schedule with a 1-1 draw on the road in the second half of a home-and-home series against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.
As a result, the Heat men will fall outside of the top four teams in the Pacific Division, meaning they will not make a postseason appearance this year. With a final record of 5-6-4, they sit tied for fifth place. For the WolfPack, third place is locked up and they will be on the road in their first playoff game against the Prairie Division's second seed.
The final regular season contest for the Heat and the WolfPack saw both goals scored in the second half, as Ryan Glanville got the scoring started to put the 'Pack ahead with just under 20 minutes left to play and Nikhil Reddy tied it up with about five left to play. Heat keeper Mitch McCaw kept the score even in extra time, as a TRU breakaway shot from Glanville was turned away.
"Never happy when the season comes to an end. Congrats to TRU going forward," said Heat head coach Dante Zanatta after the Saturday result. "We had a couple of chances today, one in the first and one in the second but we couldn't get it. Credit to them as we couldn't put it in the back of the net. I liked that we came to compete. They pushed and never gave up especially since they knew we need a win to continue our season. They are a very young squad and continued to battle with is encouraging as we move forward."
The first goal of the match was for the home side, as Ryan Glanville was able to corral a rebound in the 73rd minute and put it back, for his third of the season, past an outstretched Mitch McCaw.
The tying goal came in the 86th minute for the Heat, as Nikhil Reddy was able to come away with it out of a scramble just in front of the net and put it past TRU keeper Allan Connor.
Mitch McCaw saw six shots on goal from the WolfPack, making five saves including an impressive stop on a breakaway in extra time that would have given the 'Pack the win. Those six shots on goal were just a third of Thompson Rivers' total 16 shots.
Of those 16 shots, Ryan Glanville had an exceptional five shots, including his goal and near-goal, and Colton Walker recorded three.
The Heat finished the game with 14 shots, four of which were recorded as being on goal and three of which were stopped by Allan Connor.
Nikhil Reddy tallied three shots for the Heat, including his goal. Reddy finished as the top point getter for the Heat this season even though today's goal was his only on the year. He finished with seven points, a goal and six assists - which was third best in the conference. Hamish Walde also finished with three shots, he finished the year as the top goal getter for UBCO with four on the year. Kyle Sears had two shots today, one of which forced Connor to make one of his three saves on the day.
The UBC Okanagan Heat will miss the playoffs, and so this will have been their last match of the season.
The Thompson Rivers WolfPack will be travelling for the Canada West Quarter Finals, heading to Saskatchewan to take on the Huskies on October 28.
~ Grayson B. Leahy – Heat Sports Information (with notes courtesy of TRUWolfPack Athletics)