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PREVIEW: On the road, it is the Vikes and Thunderbirds up next for UBCO

PREVIEW: On the road, it is the Vikes and Thunderbirds up next for UBCO

What you need to know


  • The Heat currently are in the fourth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. UBCO has just four games left on their schedule, two each of the next two weekends. They finish the season on a bye.   
  • In arguably their toughest road-trip of the season, the men will travel to both Victoria and Vancouver this weekend in hopes of maintaining or solidifying their playoff position.
  • Playing UBC in Vancouver on Sunday, the T-Birds come in atop the Pacific Division Standings while Victoria, who they see on Friday night, are in third place. On the Labour Day weekend, the Heat topped both of these squads in Kelowna. 

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, OCT 4th 

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
7 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (6-4-2) at the Victoria Vikes (5-3-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Centennial Stadium, Victoria, BC 

SUNDAY, OCT 6th 

Soccer (M) | Canada West conference match
1 PM | 
UBC Okanagan Heat at the UBC Thunderbirds (6-1-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ UBC - Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, BC


Playoff watch:

  • The top four teams from the Pacific Division make the postseason based on winning percentage, throughout the year every team will not play the same number of games.
  • UBCO is currently at a .566 winning percentage, followed by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at .433, UNBC at .424, and UFV at .394.
  • No team has been mathematically eliminated from the postseason as of yet, with three weekends remaining. 

In need of goals:

  • After a scorching hot start finding the back of the net, it has been a little bit slower in recent games for the Heat as they have found twine just twice in their last four matches.
  • UBCO has not scored more than one goal in a game since they faced the T-Birds back on September 1st.
  • This lack of scoring has put increased pressure on Heat keeper, Nicholas Reitsma. The Aberdeen Hall graduate has been stepping up to the challenge, he is first in the conference in save percentage (.814) and second in shutouts with five.

 

Scouting Victoria: 

Playoff fight:

  • Coming in with a record of 5-3-1, the Vikes sit in the third spot in the Pacific Division. They are just a game up on the Heat and a game back of second-place Trinity Western.
  • Victoria has lost just once all season at home, dropping a 2-0 decision to UNBC during the second weekend of September. 

Player of the Year Candidate:

  • Midfielder Isaac Koch has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season. He leads the conference in assists (eight) and sits tied for the lead in points with 11. The speedster has picked up points in all but two of the eight contests so far for the Vikes. 

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

  • It was a nail-biting contest in late August when these two teams first met, and the Heat came out victorious thanks to two goals from Corbin Beauchemin

Scouting the T-Birds: 

Atop the Standings once again:

  • Following the defeat to UBCO in early September, the 'Birds had won five in a row before tying UNBC last weekend.
  • At 6-1-2 they have a stranglehold of the top spot in the standings with six games remaining on their conference schedule. 

Players to keep an eye on:

  • Former Canada West and U SPORTS Rookie of the Year Victory Shumbusho has four goals so far this season to lead the T-Birds attack.
  • Nine other players have found twine for UBC, including three from Ryan Arthur, and two each from Mackenzie Cole and Jackson Farmer. 

Head to head with UBC: (1W - 9L - 1T, 0-1 PS)

  • Earlier this season the Heat captured their first-ever victory over the sister school thanks to goals from Aaron Mulama and Jacob York.
  • Prior to that UBCO had never won a match in 11 tries against UBC.

 

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