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PREVIEW: The Heat look to maintain top position in their division

PREVIEW: The Heat look to maintain top position in their division

What you need to know


  • The Heat men return home this weekend when they face cross-division foes in the MacEwan Griffins and Alberta Golden Bears.
  • The (4-1-1) start is the best in program history for the UBC Okanagan men, as they sit atop the Pacific Division Standings of the Canada West.
  • Both Alberta and MacEwan come in with (1-2-1) records and look to be in for a fight to make the playoffs in the Prairie Division.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, SEP 13th 

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
7:30 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (4-1-1) vs the MacEwan Griffins (1-2-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ Nonis Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.

SATURDAY, SEP 14th 

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
7:30 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Alberta Golden Bears (1-2-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ Nonis Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.


Nearing the halfway point:

  • Six games into their conference schedule and the Heat sit atop the standings thanks to a (4-1-1) record, their best ever start to a season in Canada West.
  • After recording just 13 goals in 16 games last season in conference play, the team from the Okanagan have already racked up 10 in their opening six contests.
  • This total is second in Canada West so far this season, trailing just the Mount Royal Cougars (15).

McDonald continues to stay hot:

  • Third year defender Sam McDonald has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season, as the center back has four goals in four games to open the campaign.
  • He was honoured as the Canada West Second Star of the Week on Tuesday following goals against UFV and Trinity Western last weekend.
  • This was the second straight Heat player to be honoured as a Star of the Week, after Corbin Beauchemin was named the third star on Sep. 3rd.

Scouting MacEwan

Early season form:

  • Just four games into their season and the Griffins are (1-2-1) but with the meat of their schedule still ahead of them.
  • With each team receiving one bye weekend a season, MacEwan got theirs out of the way early as they had the Labour Day weekend off.
  • Goals have been plenty for the Griffins, with both teams scoring in all four of their games so far this season.

Players to watch:

  • Both Stefan Gajic and Everett Orgnero have each found the net twice in the opening four games for the Griffins and the two have tallied half of MacEwan's goals so far this season.

Head to head with the Griffins: (1W – 0L – 1T)

  • These two teams have met only twice in Canada West competition, with the Heat capturing an exciting 3-2 victory last season in Kelowna following a game-winning header from Shaun Pilcher.

Scouting Alberta

Struggling to find the twine:

  • The Golden Bears have gotten off to a rocky start to the new campaign, especially in terms of finding the back of the net.
  • After finishing third in total goals last season with 31, the Bears have found the back of the net just three times in the opening four games of the season.
  • The main reason for this dip is the departure of Ajeej Sarkaria and Easton Ongaro, who scored 26 of these 31 goals last season.

Impact player:

  • Defender Noah Cunnighman remains one of the only pieces off of last year's team that went undefeated in the regular season.
  • The fourth year from St. Alberta, AB has been a Canada West All-Star in all three of his seasons so far with the Bears.

Head to head with the Golden Bears: (0W – 1L – 0T)

  • The only meeting between these two teams came back in September of 2016, with the Golden Bears picking up the 3-1 victory in Edmonton