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PREVIEW: Homecoming weekend and the Heat host two B.C. foes

PREVIEW: Homecoming weekend and the Heat host two B.C. foes

What you need to know


  • The Heat men's soccer team will once again be a featured event at the annual UBC Okanagan Homecoming.
  • On Saturday, Sept, 28 the Heat will host the UFV Cascades at 3 p.m. on the Nonis Sports Field as a part of the celebration. 
  • On Sunday afternoon the Heat will host the Trinity Western Spartans.
  • After dropping both matches last weekend on the road, Heat sit in the second spot in the Pacific Division of the Canada West standings.
  • UFV and Trinity Western both sit tied in the fourth spot in the standings, and we are now past the midway point of the conference season. 

GAME TIMES (PT)

SATURDAY, SEP 28th  

Soccer (M) | Homecoming  -  Canada West conference match
3 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (6-3-1) vs the UFV Cascades (3-3-3) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ Nonis Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.

SUNDAY, SEP 29th 

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
3 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Trinity Western Spartans (4-4-0) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ Nonis Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC.


Home field advantage:

  • The Nonis Sports Field has been kind to the Heat so far this season, the UBC men have won five of their six matches on their home turf this season. Compared to just (1-2-1) on the road.
  • Three of the four remaining games for the Heat are on the road so they'll look to gain ground on the rest of the Pacific Division this weekend. 

Players to watch:

  • The midfield combo of Christian Taylor and Nikhil Reddy have started all but two games this season and are putting together a strong defensive season, but the pair have yet to record a goal this fall. For his career, Reddy had five goals and eight assists in his first three seasons while Taylor has four points in his four seasons. Taylor assisted on the first Heat goal of the year for his lone point. Taylor and Reddy are two of the top two-way players in the UBCO lineup. 
  • Corbin Beauchemin is the team leader with 20 shots, he has two goals and an assist on the year. He has logged 765 minutes on the year in just nine matches.
  • captain and defender, Hamish Walde, and keeper, Nicholas Reitsma, are the only two players to have played every minute this year. 

Scouting UFV 

Playoff positioning:

  • The Cascades sit in a three-way tie for the final playoff spot. All seven teams in the Pacific figure to battle for the four spots in the postseason, as they all currently boast records of .500 or greater.
  • Coming off back-to-back wins against Mount Royal and Lethbridge, the Cascades have gained momentum after a slow start to the 2019 season. 

Impact player:

  • Guamaan Jhaj leads the way for the Cascades, he has three goals so far this season and has played 775 of a possible 810 minutes. Jhaj also has two game-winning goals to his name, netting one against Mount Royal and one versus UNBC. 

Head to head with the Cascades: (4W-5L-1T)

  • This has been a very evenly matched series between these two Pacific Division foes. This August in Abbotsford they played even in their first matchup, finishing (1-1).

Scouting Trinity Western 

All or nothing start:

  • Eight games into their Canada West season and the Spartans have four wins and four losses.
  • In seven of these eight games, the team from Langley have either been shutout, or shutout their opponents.
  • The Jekyll and Hyde Spartans did it again over the last two weeks, after a 5-0 win against Lethbridge they also featured in a blowout loss (5-0) against Mount Royal. 

Impact Players:

  • Caleb Jemmott and Jacob Low have been the main offensive weapons so far for the Spartans as they have seven of the teams 10 goals at the midway point of the season.
  • Jemmott put away a hat-trick against Lethbridge two weekends ago while Low has scored in three separate contests. 

Head to head with the Spartans: (5W-5L-1T)

  • These two teams met just three weeks ago in Langley with the Heat capturing the 1-0 victory thanks to a headed goal from Sam McDonald in the 70th minute.