The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Two unbeaten B.C. rivals come to Kelowna to take on the Heat

PREVIEW: Two unbeaten B.C. rivals come to Kelowna to take on the Heat

What you need to know


  • Canada West men's conference play continues with another two home matches for the Heat.
  • UBCO will host UVic on Saturday and UBC on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for 3 p.m. on the Nonis Field.
  • In a strange twist of scheduling, the Heat men's soccer team will have played 25% of their schedule before ever attending one university class.

GAME TIMES (PT)

SATURDAY, AUG 31st

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
3 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (1-1-0) vs the Victoria Vikes (2-0-0) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | To be played on the Nonis Field at UBC Okanagan. 

SUNDAY, SEO 1st

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
3 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (1-1-0) vs the No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds (2-0-0) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | To be played on the Nonis Field at UBC Okanagan. 


Opening Weekend Recap:

  • After scoring 10 goals in their final two preseason matches the Heat came into the regular season feeling good about their ability to score goals. UBCO proceeded to net two scores in the first 10 minutes against UNBC, in their conference opener on Friday, and it felt like the offense would be high octane all season long. Although UBCO applied plenty of pressure and continued to generate several quality chances, including twice hitting a crossbar and once forcing a defender to make a stop on the goal line, the Heat managed just one more goal over the next 170 minutes.
  • On Friday, after scoring those two quick goals, the Heat would hold on to capture the (2-1) win over UNBC. The next day, UBC Okanagan would again score first, but that was it for the match as they fell by the same score (2-1) to the visiting Timberwolves.

Scoring pace:

  • Sam McDonald scored two of the Heat's three goals in the first weekend of competition. The third-year defender doubled his career goal total with the pair against UNBC. He has now matched his career single-season high, the OKM grad netted a pair in his rookie season in 12 matches.

Scouting Victoria

Perfect start:

  • The University of Victoria Vikes swept the opening weekend of the Canada West men's soccer season, winning twice, and didn't allow a single goal.
  • The Vikes capped off their successful weekend at home by shutting out the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (2-0) on Sunday after blanking the Trinity Western Spartans (3-0) on Friday night.

Player to watch:

  • A Kelowna player will be the one to watch for the visiting Vikes. Mount Boucherie grad, Isaac Koch, who missed all of last season with an injury is back playing and he was a beast on offense last weekend. Koch assisted on four of the five Victoria goals and scored the other marker for the Vikes. 

Head to head with the Vikes (3W - 4L - 3T)

  • Last season it was the team from Victoria who picked up the victory in Kelowna as they won (2-0) on the Nonis Sports Field. 
  • Victoria and UBCO have had some classic matches against each other in the past few years. Most notably was the 2016 comeback (3-2) win for the Heat in the last match of the season in Victoria. The win propelled UBCO to the playoffs that season. 

Scouting UBC 

Defending Champions:

  • UBC, the reigning Canada West champions, are off to a good start as they attempt to defend their conference title. The Thunderbirds, preseason favourites and currently sitting fifth in the national rankings poll, triumphed in both of their opening weekend matches.
  • A (2-0) road win over UFV on Friday night was followed up with a come from behind (3-2) victory against the visiting Trinity Western Spartans last Sunday, in their home-opener. 

Impact players:

  • Former Canada West rookie of the year, Victory Shumbusho, remains as one of the top attackers in the country. The second-year forward scored last weekend against UFV.
  • The Thunderbirds offense appears well-rounded this season. The five goals scored in their two wins were by five different players last weekend. 

Head to head with the 'Birds: (0W - 9L - 1T, 0-1 PS)

  • The Heat have yet to capture a victory against their sister school, as last year the T-Birds captured the 2-0 victory in Kelowna.