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PREVIEW: Heat close out regular season at home against T-Birds and Vikes

PREVIEW: Heat close out regular season at home against T-Birds and Vikes

What you need to know


  • The Heat will close out their 2018 season this weekend on home turf against the UBC Thunderbirds and UVic Vikes.
  • It is a big weekend on the Nonis Sports field as Saturday is the inaugural UBC Okanagan Homecoming, while Sunday is the annual senior's day ceremony.
  • Shaun Pilcher and Bret Depner will both be honoured following Sunday's game as they plat their final game in a Heat uniform.

GAME TIMES (PT)

SATURDAY, OCT 20th

Soccer (M) | Homecoming Feature Match
1 PM |
UBC Okanagan Heat (2-7-5) vs the No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds (12-0-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | All matches to be played on the Nonis Field at UBC Okanagan. 

SUNDAY, OCT 21st

Soccer (M) | Final home match | Seniors day
1 PM
 | UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Victoria Vikes (4-7-3) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | All matches to be played on the Nonis Field at UBC Okanagan. 


What you need to know:

  • The Heat will close out their 2018 season this weekend on home turf against the UBC Thunderbirds and UVic Vikes.
  • It is a big weekend on the Nonis Sports field as Saturday is the inaugural UBC Okanagan Homecoming, while Sunday is the annual senior's day ceremony.
  • Shaun Pilcher and Bret Depner will both be honoured following Sunday's game as they plat their final game in a Heat uniform.

Homecoming:

Eliminated for postseason contention: 

  • After picking just one point up last weekend in Prince George, the Heat were eliminated from playoff contention with this being the final weekend of conference play.
  • This marks the second straight season that the Heat have missed out on the postseason after making the playoffs in 2016.

Seniors weekend:

  • Following Sunday's match on the Nonis Sports Field, graduating players Shaun Pilcher and Bret Depner will be honoured in what will be their final game in a Heat uniform.
  • Pilcher is a fifth-year captain who has been a hallmark of the Heat defence dating back to his rookie season in 2014-15. The Human Kinetics student has played in 56 career CW matches, with all of these being starts.
  • Fellow defender Bret Depner will graduate in the spring with a degree in Engineering. The Penticton product has featured in 53 career games for the Heat in his four seasons, including 45 starts. A model student-athlete, Depner has been named an Academic All-Canadian on multiple occasions along with being the finalist for UBC Okanagan Student Athlete of the Year.

Scouting UBC

Closing out one of the best regular seasons in history:

  • The top-ranked Thunderbirds come into the final weekend looking to complete a regular season in which they have yet to be defeated. The only two blemishes on their record are draws against UFV and UNBC but besides that, it has been nothing but victories for the #1 ranked T-Birds.
  • The Thunderbirds completed both the 2012 and 2015 campaigns without a regular season loss and this feat has only happened four other times since the turn of the century.
  • Goals have not been of shortage this season for the Vancouver team, as they currently lead all of the Canada West with 41 goals in just 14 CW conference games so far

Player to watch:

  • Senior striker Kris. Yli-Hietanen has been one of the most potent goal scores in all the Canada West this season, as his 10 goals sits third in the CW ranks.
  • Yli-Hietanen has been particularly hot as of late, netting nine goals in the last five games. This included one of the best individual performances of the season against UNBC where he netted four goals in a game. This feat had been achieved just once since 2013 by a T-Birds player.

Head to head with UBC: (0W - 8L - 1T, 0-1 PS)

  • These two teams met earlier in the season in Vancouver, with the T-Birds picking up a 3-1 victory.
  • Heat forward Luke Warkentin would find the back of the net for the visitors while Taiyo Marzalik, Thomas Gardner and Kris. Yli-Hietanen tallied for the home team.

Scouting UVic

Vikes in need of a big weekend:

  • With just two games left in the season, the Vikes will need to win both games this weekend and get some help from the UFV Cascades in hopes of making the CW playoffs.
  • Victoria would snap their four-game losing skid last Saturday against the Cascades, but are still behind the eight-ball heading into the final weekend of play.

Impact player:

  • Freshman marksman Matteo Ventura has done nothing but score goals in his first season in the Canada West, as the rookie has nine goals to his name already along with two assists.

Head to head with the Vikes: (3W - 3L - 3T)

  • It was a seven goal thriller the last time these two squads faced-off, as the Vikes would capture a 4-3 win in Victoria.
  • The two teams would combine for five goals in the final 19 minutes of game time including Heat goals from Nikhil Reddy and Hamish Walde.
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