What you need to know
- Two weekends into conference play and the Heat find themselves at the top of the table in Canada West's Pacific Division.
- With their first road action of the season on tap, the initial test for the Heat will be Friday night in Abbotsford against UFV.
- On Saturday, UBCO will look to continue their momentum on the road as they take on Trinity Western in Langley.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, SEP 6th
Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
7 PM | UBC Okanagan Heat (3-1-0) at the UFV Cascades (1-2-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ MRC Sports Complex, Abbotsford, BC
SATURDAY, SEP 7th
- Last weekend was one of the best in the team's history. Not only did they win both matches over the weekend, which hadn't been done since a home sweep of UFV and TWU in 2017, but for the first time in program history, UBCO beat the Vancouver campus' UBC Thunderbirds.
- For the weekend sweep the Heat dropped the visiting (2-0-0) Victoria Vikes, (3-2) on Saturday. Then they topped the fifth-ranked and undefeated T-Birds (2-0) on Sunday.
- After the six-point weekend, the Heat are (3-1-1). A quarter of the way through their schedule, UBCO has nine points, two more than second-place UBC.
- Striker Corbin Beauchemin has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season. The Kelowna product and Immaculata grad, was named the Canada West Third Star of the Week for his performances against the T-Birds and Vikes.
- Beauchemin, the fourth-year player, finished with a brace against Victoria. His two goals helped the Heat pick up the Saturday win.
- Keeper Nicholas Reitsma shutout UBC and made a career-high nine saves. He has played every minute for UBCO this year.
Finding their form:
- After falling in both games during the opening weekend of play, the Cascades pick up a win and a tie in Prince George against UNBC this past weekend.
- UFV comes in with a (1-2-1) record but are coming off a 3-1 victory last time out against UNBC.
- After four straight contests on the road, this weekend's match is the first of a four-match homestand for UFV.
Player to watch:
- Keeper Ethan Duggan recorded 11 saves in the first match against the T-Wolves last weekend, and he currently sits second in the conference with 20 saves to his name.
Head to head with the Cascades: (4W-5L-0T)
- Last time these two met it was all UFV, as they captured the (5-1) home victory in late September last season. However, UBCO split last year's season series with UFV shutting out the Cascades (1-0) in Kelowna.
Scouting Trinity Western
Opening weekend losses:
- It wasn't the ideal start to the new season for the Spartans as they were on the wrong end of both scorelines after the opening weekend. They fell (3-0) to Victoria in their opening match, then fell (3-2) to UBC just two days later.
- Trinity rested last weekend with their bye on the schedule during week two of Canada West play.
Playoff run in 2018:
- The Spartans are coming off a season in which they went (8-4-4), earning silver after falling in the Canada West Championship game to UBC.
- At the U SPORTS national championship, the Spartans fell in the semi-final to eventual title winners, the University of Montreal, in penalty kicks.
Head to head with the Spartans: (4W-5L-1T)
- Last time out between these squads, it was three second-half goals given up that would undo the Heat in Langley. The Spartans defended their home turf with a (4-1) win over UBCO.
- Last August in Kelowna, in the season opener, these two teams played to a (1-1) draw.