What you need to know
- The Heat will take to the road this weekend to play both the UBC Thunderbirds and the UVic Vikes on Friday and Saturday night as they look to build some momentum heading into the meat of their schedule.
- It was a tough second weekend for the team last time out as they grabbed just a single point in two matchups with their rival school, the WolfPack of TRU
- The Thunderbirds come in ranked as the #6 team in the U SPORTS rankings while Victoria is yet to record a point in two matches.
GAME TIMES (PST)
UBCO Current form:
- The Heat come into the match coming off of a 0-0 tie against their Okanagan rivals, the TRU WolfPack last Sunday afternoon in Kelowna. The Heat have a 1-1-2 record early on in the Canada West season and are looking to find their offense on the road in the lower mainland.
Heat Players to watch:
- Midfielder Corbin Beauchemin has been an impact player so far this season for the Heat, as the third year player already has a goal to his name early in the season. The management student also ranks second on the team so far with five shots recorded.
- Captain Hamish Walde continues his strong play on the back line for the Heat as the fourth year Engineering student has helped the Heat record two clean sheets so far in Canada West Play.
UBCO a closer look at the numbers:
- Defending has not been the issue for the Heat so far in the season it's been finding the back of the net themselves. So far the team has recorded just two goals in four games which is the second lowest total in the conference early in the campaign.
A look at the CW standings. Playoff's qualification explained:
- The top four teams in this years Canada West Pacific Division standings will make the postseason with winning percentage determining the seeding. Due to some teams playing 15 conference games and others playing 16, winning percentage was determined the most fair way of determining the standings.
Scouting the Thunderbirds
- The T-Birds come into this match coming of a convincing 3-0 win at home against the Trinity Western Spartans after a disappointing season-opening tie against the UFV Cascades in Abbotsford.
- One of the perennial soccer powers in the conference, the Thunderbirds are coming off a season in which they were Canada West Champions but fell in the Bronze medal game at nationals to the TRU WolfPack.
UBC one of 3 CW teams in national rankings
- UBC comes in as the Canada West's highest ranked team in the USPORTS rankings at #6. Alberta comes in at #8 while Trinity Western rounds out the top-10 after a 1-1-1 start.
T-Birds player to watch
- Freshman forward Caleb Clarke has gotten off to a hot start for the Birds' as the youngester has two goals in his first two career Canada West starts. The striker has had plenty of opportunities early in the season as he already has six shot attempts.
Overall Head to Head vs UBC (0W-7L-1T, 0-1 PS)
- Last time these two teams met up it ended in the Vancouver school's favour by a slim 1-0 margin. Now junior striker Zach Verhoven netted the only goal of the match which was contested in the lower mainland.
Scouting the Vikes
- It's been a tough early schedule for the Vikes as they have been on the road the opening two weekends of the CW season. After their match with UNBC was rescheduled due to air quality issues, the team opened up with a 7-1 defeat at the Trinity Western Spartans.
- A 4-0 loss to the UFV Cascades would follow but the Vikes would get their first points of the year with a 1-1 draw against UNBC in the rescheduled match.
Victoria players to watch
- Third year defender Evan Libke will look to lead the way for the Vikes this season as the 6-5 defender is one of the best headers of the ball in the conference. As a third-year, Libke will suit up as a co-captain, alongside senior Mackenzie Rigg, and together the two will lead the team on and off the field.
UVic Home Opener:
- Friday night will be an intense atmosphere at Centennial Stadium in Victoria as it will be the Vikes home opener. What the university is promoting as "ThunderFest" is a day long kick-off celebration put on by the Victoria Students' Society so the Heat will have a full stadium for their Friday night match.
Overall Head to Head vs VIC (3W-2L-3T)
- It was a tough loss for the Heat the last time these two teams faced-off as the 1-0 defeat in Victoria put and end to goalkeeper Mitch McCaw's record 685-minute shutout streak. Austin Schneebeli would net the only goal of the match late in the second half.