KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Canada West regular season wrapped up for the Heat men's soccer team, after dropping the match, 2-1, to the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on Saturday. The Heat's playoff fate is now left to the results of the rest of the division over the final weekend of conference play.
The 'Pack scored twice in the first half, including on an own goal, on the Warner Rentals Court at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops and then held off the furiously charging UBC Okanagan squad. The Heat got one goal back in the 60th minute when Christian Taylor scored his first of the season, but UBCO couldn't find the equalizer.
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The Heat finish the regular season at 6-6-4 and will be watching what happens to the rest of the Pacific Division to find out their playoff fate. Only UBC has clinched a spot in the Pacific, and no team in the division has been eliminated. With six teams fighting for three spots.
TRU and UNBC play in Prince George next weekend, if either team wins both, that team will finish with a better winning percentage than the Heat. If they split in any way, UBCO, with a .458-percentage will stay ahead of both.
The Lower Mainland teams, UFV and Trinity Western, are the other scores the Kelowna team will be watching closely. Both of those teams have three matches left.
If Trinity Western loses its final three matches they will end up with the same .458 percentage. UBCO and TWU split their season series, goal difference between the tied teams using all-league and divisional games against common opponents the same number of times, would be the needed tie-break.
If UFV finishes any worse than one win and two draws, their winning percentage will dip below UBCO's .458 and eliminate them. Victoria could finish at the same .458 percentage as UBCO, but own the tie-break, so the Heat can't catch the Vikes.
The WolfPack opened the scoring in the 23rd minute as Emmanual Aniogbe blasted down the left side of the park and crossed it where Jan Pirrates Glasmacher put his head on the ball which beat Heat keeper Nicholas Reitsma. It was Glasmacher, the 2018-19 Canada West second-team all-star's third goal of the year.
In the 25th minute, TRU earned a free-kick. Daniel Sagno took it from 40 yards out. The ball sailed off a Heat defender and fooled Reitsma as it went left post and in for the own goal.
TRU outshot UBCO 10-2 in the first half.
In the 53rd minute, Sagno wound up getting a red card for a 'violent' confrontation after running into UBCO defender Hamish Walde. The result was Thompson Rivers had to play a man down for the rest of the match.
The Heat got on the board in the 62nd minute as Sam McDonald made a back touch at the left corner of the box for Christian Taylor who launched a high ball over Jackson Gardner who went high right side. Taylor's second goal of his career, in his final regular-season Canada West contest. The fourth-year will graduate this spring.
Late in the match, both teams had chances but both keepers were up to the task. The Pack played most of the second half down a man as they move to 4-5-5 on the year.
The loss will put TRU into a slight lead on the men's side of the Presidents' Cup competition. For soccer, on the men's side is scored one win for TRU and one draw, for both sides.
The Heat's regular season has wrapped up but the WolfPack will close out their regular season with two matches in Prince George, BC against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.
All of the above games can be seen on a pay per view basis on Canada West TV presented by Co-op.
~ With notes from Larry Read, TRU