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RECAP: Heat battle WolfPack to scoreless draw

RECAP: Heat battle WolfPack to scoreless draw

KELOWNA, BC – Nicholas Reitsma came up big down the stretch as the UBC Okanagan Heat and TRU WolfPack battled to a scoreless draw on Thursday Night.

The game would come to life in the 66th minute as Justin Donaldson nearly opened the scoring off a volley from 20-yards out that dinged off the crossbar. 

After very few chances in the opening half, the match saw plenty in the final stages including a clutch save from Reistma in the 85th minute off a header from Marca Favaro.

Reitsma picked up his sixth clean sheet of the season while WolfPack keeper Jackson Gardner grabbed his second shutout of the 2019-20 campaign.

The tie improves the Heat's record to (6-5-4) on the season while the WolfPack pick up their fifth draw of the season (3-5-5). 

The draw does not eliminate the 'Pack from the postseason as they will have to win their final three games to have any chance of making the playoffs. 

From the Heat's perspective, all will boil down to their season finale on Saturday in Kamloops and what UFV, UNBC and the 'Pack do in their final three games. The WolfPack will be in UNBC next weekend and UBCO, if they fail to earn any points on Saturday, will be scoreboard watching for the final conference weekend of competition. The Heat were blessed with a bye for the final week. 

Thursday night also featured as Graduating Players Night, as Jeevin Kang, Hamish Walde, Luke Warkentin, Christian Taylor and Corbin Beauchemin were honoured in a ceremony prior to kick-off. 

This marks the first for the Presidents' Cup for the 2019-20 season. The Presidents' Cup is a competition between UBC Okanagan and TRU that has been going on since 1993. To learn about the history, more information on what is at stake and a complete scoring matrix click here.

UBC Okanagan will close out their regular season on Saturday in Kamloops in the second game of the home-and-home series with kick-off slated for 2 p.m.

All games can be watched live on Canada West TV presented by Co-op

~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information 


Graduating Players:

Corbin Beauchemin #11

  • Beauchemin will graduate in the spring with his Bachelors of Science
  • A local star, Beauchemin was a part of a strong Immaculata high school team, and with hard work and an excellent motor he turned himself into a non-stop scoring threat as a U SPORTS athlete.
  • To date, Corbin has found the back of the net 5 times. More than the goal totals, it was his constant presence pressuring the opposition's backline that has led to most of the Heat's goals or set-pieces in dangerous spots.
  • His career highlight would have to be his 2-goal match at the beginning of the season that led to UBCO's win over UVic. For his efforts, he was named the Canada West conference's third star of the week. 
  • With two games left to play in his regular-season conference career, Corbin has played in 58 total matches. He was a starter in all 58.
  • Even in Sciences, Beauchemin has already earned two Academic All-Canadians. And he is well on his way to his third in four years.
  • Coaches Dante Zanatta, Tom Flanagan and Gary Graham had this to say about Corbin:
    • Corbin has demonstrated what a U SPORTS athlete should model themself after doing extremely well in the classroom and being a threat on the pitch, we have enjoyed helping Corbin develop himself on the pitch and he has come a long way from the player that first arrived to us, Corbin has been a tireless worker and a threat going forward at all times. We as a staff wish Corbin all the best n his future endeavours and we know that he will be successful in all aspects of his life.

Jeevin Kang #8

  • One of the top recruits to sign on with the UBCO men's program, Kang, a graduate of Burnaby Central Secondary, was a top prospect from the Whitecaps residency program.
  • After five strong years at UBC Okanagan, Kang will graduate with his Management degree this spring.
  • Last winter, as a part of Go Global, Kang got to live out a dream of many footballers in Canada. He spent a semester studying in Manchester, not far from the home of the world-renowned Manchester United football club.
  • The play-making midfielder has scored three times in his Heat career, but two of those goals were game-winners. His goal in 2017, a blast from about 40 yards out was enough to topple the Spartans, and this August his goal lifted the Heat over the University of Victoria.
  • Generally, on the ball for the Heat in their set-pieces, he has 64 starts and 70 matches played in his Canada West career.
  • A Heat-Scholar Athlete, Kang was also a finalist for UBC Okanagan Male Athlete of the Year.
    • Coaches Dante Zanatta, Tom Flanagan and Gary Graham had this to say about Jeevin:
      • It has been a great pleasure to have Jeevin with us for the past five years, a tireless worker on the pitch both at training and during games he has set the gold standard for incoming players to achieve, always willing to play any position needed to help the team win. Jeevin played the game with true desire, commitment and ability leaving his all on the pitch at every game, playing them as they could be his last, we will miss all the laughs that he and the staff have had both on and off the pitch and wish him all the best going forward and are extremely proud to have had him with us.

Christian Taylor #14

  • On pace to graduate this spring, Christian Taylor will leave the Heat program after with his Management degree from UBC Okanagan.
  • Hailing from Courtney, BC, the Mark Isfeld Secondary product started 48 matches in the midfield for UBC Okanagan over the past four seasons. He played 53 matches in total.
  • The midfielder's lone career goal came against one of the top teams in the country. In his second season, Taylor found twine in a match against the UBC Thunderbirds.
  • Taking his studies in Management to heart even while at UBCO, Taylor has procured a donor to supply his team with their post-match chocolate milk, several 4-litres a match.
  • Coaches Dante Zanatta, Tom Flanagan and Gary Graham had this to say about Jeevin:
    • Christian came to us through our ID camp and over the past years became one of the top holding midfielders in Canada West, be it at training or during games we as a staff never had to worry about his commitment to the team, always putting the team before himself. Christian is a tireless worker that does all the little things that hold the team together during games, with these attributes that he has shown over the past years with us he will have a very successful life after his time with UBCO

Hamish Walde #13

  • The captain of the defense, Hamish Walde has been a fixture on the backline since his arrival five years ago from Salt Spring Island.
  • He has been team captain for the last 4 seasons and will graduate this spring with his degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • 54 starts in his 62 matches played, Walde has scored seven times in his career. All seven goals came either last season or in 2017, when he scored 4 times, which led the team.
  • In that 2017 season, Walde was named a Canada West First Team All-Star.
  • In 2018-19 Walde was an Academic All-Canadian, and is on the way to repeating that distinction again this year. 
  • His 7 career goals is tied for 12th best in the history of soccer at this institution.
    • Coaches Dante Zanatta, Tom Flanagan and Gary Graham had this to say about their back-liner:
      • Hamish demonstrates invaluable leadership qualities on and off the field, he leads by example and demands more from his teammates not just on the field but has a strong presence off the field heavily involved with team events.  He has set the standard for new and current players on how to be a U SPORTS athlete on a consistent basis, showing his honesty, dedication and application for the good of the group not just for him. We will miss Hamish within our group and his departure will leave a massive void both on and off the pitch, but we are grateful for the past 5 years that we have had with him and know that the future is very bright for Hamish. 

Luke Warkentin #20

  • Luke Warkentin is the third of the graduating players that will be graduating from the Management program this spring.
  • The forward from Surrey's Semiahmoo Secondary has been a fixture on the stat sheet in his four years with the team.
  • Luke has tallied 11 goals in his four seasons, played and started in 57 contests for UBCO.
  • His 11 goals are the fifth-highest total for a player at UBCO.
  • Luke scored four goals in his rookie season and he was a finalist for UBCO Male Athlete of the Year. Last year, when he finished with a team-high five goals. Those five goals also represent a single season-high for the Heat since entering Canada West play in 2014.
  • Coaches Dante Zanatta, Tom Flanagan and Gary Graham had this to say about their back-liner:
    •  Luke has been a vital character to the group on and off the field. Co-captaining the group in his final two years of the program instilling his leadership qualities and always demanding more from the group, he has developed into an outstanding two way player over the past few years. Luke's energy and desire to play is infectious and is a competitor every time he steps on the field, these qualities will have Luke being very successful in the future and the staff will miss Luke's energy around the group.