What you need to know
- The Heat will be back on the road this weekend when they travel to the lower mainland to face off against the UFV Cascades and Trinity Western Spartans.
- The Heat are coming off a successful weekend in which they picked up four points in two home matches.
- Both UFV and Trinity Western currently sit in the Canada West playoff picture with the Cascades sitting in second spot and the Spartans in fourth.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, SEP 28th
SATURDAY, SEP 29th
Impressive home weekend:
- The Heat would pick up four points in their two matches last weekend at home against MacEwan and Saskatchewan thanks to goals in both matches by defender Shaun Pilcher. The right back would head in the game winner on Friday afternoon to give the Heat a 3-2 win against the Griffins.
- Two days later the Heat would matchup with the Huskies of Saskatchewan and once again Pilcher would save the day for the Heat, scoring in the first half to secure a 1-1 draw.
- With just six games remaining on their regular season schedule, the Heat will have to pick up some more points this weekend if they hope to make the Canada West playoffs for the first time since 2016.
- The top four teams in the Pacific Division will make the postseason and the Heat currently sit tied for sixth position. Division standings are determined by winning percentage: (wins x 3 + ties)/ (games played x 3).
Player to watch:
- Attacking midfielder Corbin Beauchemin has been one of the focal points of the Heat offense in recent games as the science student has done a great job holding play up off of long balls and making runs in behind opposing defences. The third year Immaculata grad would net his second goal of the season last weekend in the win against MacEwan.
Early season success:
- The Cascades come into this weekend sitting in second position of the Pacific Division seven games into their conference campaign and have the second most wins in the conference with four.
- The back line of the Fraser Valley team has done a great job in recent weeks as they recorded three clean sheets in their last four matches including a 1-0 win last time out against Saskatchewan.
Player to watch:
- Fourth year student Gurmaan Jhaj has been one of the most potent goal scorers in all of the conference. Halfway through this season he has recorded seven goals in the Cascades first seven games.
- The midfielder has been especially hot as of late, recording all seven of these goals in the last four games including a hat-trick against Mount Royal on Sep.15th. CW has seen four hat tricks so far this year, Jhaj's hat trick was special in his three goals counted for the entirety of the scoring in the (3-0) cascade win.
Head to head against the Cascades: (4W-4L-0T)
- These two teams met up during the opening weekend of conference play this season with the Heat capturing a 1-0 win thanks to a first half goal from Luke Warkentin.
Scouting Trinity Western
- It has not been an easy start to the season for the Spartans as they played six of their first seven games on the road to start the CW season.
- The defending conference silver medalists have coped well with the tough schedule as they currently sit in fourth spot in the Pacific Division with three wins and four draws and just one loss.
Players to watch:
- The team from Langely has used a balanced offense this season, with three different players scoring at least three goals this season.
- Forward Domenic Poletto leads the way for the Spartans with four goals so far this season which was fueled by a hat-trick against Victoria at the end of August when the Spartans exploded for a (7-1) win over the University of Victoria.
- Teammates Cody Fransen and Caleb Johnson have also scored their fair share of goals with each netting three so far in the CW campaign.
- Noah Kroeker / D / 1 / Calgary, AB / Foothills FC
- Bryce Prochnau / D / 4 / Edmonton, AB / McEwan
- Eric Aulja / M / 1 / Langley / Aldergrove, BC / Langley Fundamental
Head to head against the Spartans: (4W-4L-1T)
- These two teams faced off in the season-opener at the end of August with that match ending in a 1-1 draw in Kelowna. Attacking midfielder Corbin Beauchemin would scoring in the 55th minute to give the Heat the lead but Jacob Low would answer just nine minutes later to force the draw.