KELOWNA, B.C. - The UFV Cascades bent, but they didn't break as the UBCO Heat were unable to get the ball to the back of the net in a scoreless affair on Saturday afternoon at Nonis Sports Field.
Not for a lack of chances, the Heat's offensive attack was cooled by a strong defensive effort from the Cascades, who were content to give the Heat possession for most of the game. Both teams battled in the physical matchup however neither team was able to break the other's defense.
The tie brings UBCO's record to (6-3-1) on the year and UFV goes to (3-3-3).
Nicholas Reitmsa continued his great play this season with a huge save in the 12th minute. Cascades' Brady Weir labeled a shot for the back of the net but Reitsma stood tall to keep the game square at zeros.
Both teams got their fair share of chances in the first half. The Heat nearly capitalized off of a set piece when Spencer Young lofted a ball into the box. Sam MacDonald got a head of it but his attempt flew just wide left.
Pierson Stanley started the second half off with a shot from just outside the box. His try was labeled for the top corner but UFV keeper Ethan Duggan was able to get his fingertips on it and push it over the bar.
Looking to get things going for the Heat, Corbin Beauchemin dangled his way into dangerous territory with some pretty footwork but his through ball was deflected away by Cascades' defender Nawaf Binsaleh.
UBCO nearly broke the game open as Christian Taylor had a glorious chance in the 80th minute. Inside the box, Taylor's volley attempt was blocked before it could cross the line.
In the 88th minute, the Heat got their best chance to win the game off of a Young corner kick. McDonald got his head on it and rang it off the crossbar. Hamish Walde was there for a second opportunity but his header sailed over the bar.
Reitsma recorded his fifth clean sheet in the scoreless affair.
The Heat will stay at home to complete their homecoming weekend with a Sunday match against the Trinity Western Spartans. The game starts at 3 p.m. on the Nonis Field.
The Cascades make their way to Kamloops to take on the TRU Wolfpack tomorrow at 2 p.m.
All action can be streamed live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information