What you need to know
- The Heat men's soccer team will be on the road once again this weekend when they travel to Alberta to play the Lethbridge Pronghorns and Mount Royal Cougars.
- Coming off back-to-back losses last weekend the Heat will look to regain their early-season form with two more road matches, on Saturday in Lethbridge and then on Sunday in Calgary.
- Lethbridge is yet to capture a point this season (0-4-0) while Mount Royal has two victories and two losses in four games.
GAME TIMES (PT)
SATURDAY, SEP 15th
SUNDAY, SEP 16th
Tough road trip:
- It was a tough weekend for the Heat last time out as they would drop both matches to the UVic Vikes and UBC Thunderbirds respectively. Three second half Vikes goals on Friday night would be enough for the home team to pull out a 4-3 victory in their home-opener over UBCO.
- The following night the Heat would travel to Vancouver to face off against the nationally ranked T-Birds. Two first half goals for the Thunderbirds would be too much to overcome as UBCO fell 3-1.
Player to watch:
- After taking the 2017 season off, forward Luke Warkentin has added some much needed goal scoring to the Heat lineup so far this season. The striker has tallied three goals in the first six Canada West games, including one each against the Vikes and Thunderbirds last weekend. The 5-11 Surrey product is now just one goal behind matching the high-scorer for the Heat last season which was Hamish Walde with four.
Eyes on the postseason:
- Six games into their Canada West season, the Heat are going to have to pick up some points this weekend in hopes of moving into a playoff spot in the Pacific Division of the CW. The top four teams in the division will qualify for the postseason based upon winning percentage due to each team playing a different number of conference games. Currently the Heat sit one game back of the final playoff spot as we near the halfway mark of the campaign.
Early season form:
- It has been a struggle so far this season for the Pronghorns as they have scored just two goals in their four conference games so far. They would start the season with back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Mount Royal and Calgary before dropping both of last weekend's games by a 2-1 scoreline to MacEwan and Alberta.
Player to watch:
- The Pronghorns will rely heavily on goalkeeper Nolan French, the fourth year net-minder currently ranks second in the Canada West with 25 saves through just four games. The Calgary product would record 10 saves against his hometown Dinos during the opening weekend of play albeit in a 3-0 defeat.
Head to head with the Pronghorns: (1-0-0)
- The only time these teams have ever met in Canada West play was in 2016 when Zach Rachynski would score in the 87th minute to give the Heat a 1-0 win in Kelowna. Several Heat players who are currently on the team were featured in that match including the likes of Nikhil Reddy, Jeevin Kang and Shaun Pilcher.
Scouting Mount Royal
Opening season form and 2017 recap:
- The Cougars would start their Canada West campaign with back-to-back victories against Lethbridge and Saskatchewan on home turf before falling in both games last weekend on the road to MacEwan and Alberta.
- TMount Royal is coming off a season where they would qualify for the Canada West playoffs and then falling in the first-round to the eventual CW champion, UBC Thunderbirds.
- Moe El gandour / F / 1st / Calgary, AB / Southwest United
- David Schaefer / M / 1st / Berlin, Germany / BFC Dynamo Berlin
- Tysen Chatani / M / 1st / Calgary, AB / Foothills
- Mateo Ossa / M / 2nd / Calgary, AB / St. FX
Head to head with the Cougars: (0-0-1)
- The only time these two teams have met in Canada West competition was last season in Calgary with neither team able to find the back of the net in a(0-0 draw.