CALGARY – A cold weekend in Alberta comes to an end for the Heat, as the mid-September road trip sees UBC Okanagan surrender an early goal to the Mount Royal Cougars and fail to get the equalizer on their hosts before the Cougars seal the game with a late goal.
Heat fall 2-0 on Sunday in Calgary to have the squad finish the trip with a draw and a loss. After two straight weeks on the road, UBCO's record sits at (1-4-3) and has them in seventh place at the halfway point in their season.
The Cougars, coming off a (3-0) loss to UFV on Saturday, were full of spirit when the game kicked off and just nine minutes in the Cougars' Orest Ndabaneze scored on quick shot on the Heat.
The Cougars iced the game in 78' minute when the Cougars' Brandon Canejo was given a free kick and planted the ball on the Heat's side of the field.
Rohin Nazari was there and scored the Cougar's second unanswered goal. Even pressing late in the match the UBCO side had trouble challenging the Cougar keeper, forcing just two saves.
The Heat's best chance in the first half was when the Cougars net became unprotected for a brief moment, but the Heat attempt missed.
Kyran Valley, the Cougars goalkeeper caught another shot aimed at his net, keeping the score at 1-0 in his team's favour.
The Cougars nearly extended their lead in the first, during a corner kick when Daniel Harrison nearly converted the Cougars second goal.
The second half of the game saw both teams struggling to sustain and forward pressure, after an extended amount of back and forth, the Cougars notched the second gaol.
With Valley continuing to keep the Cougars net completely covered, the Heat were sent away scoreless after full time.
For UBC Okanagan it was first year Tyler Dhillon while the home squad saw Pavie Rai earn the honour.
Both teams head to BC next week with the Cougars playing their next game on taking on the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver, while UBCO return home to Kelowna and host the MacEwan Griffins in a unique Friday afternoon (Sept. 21) match with a 3 p.m. start time.
Sunday afternoon (Sept. 23) the Heat will host the Saskatchewan Huskies at 1 p.m., both matches on the Nonis Turf Field on the UBC Okanagan campus.
~ Hailey Dirk, Cougar Athletics