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PREVIEW: Women's soccer kicks off with long road trip

PREVIEW: Women's soccer kicks off with long road trip

What you need to know


  • The UBC Okanagan Heat open their women's soccer season in Edmonton with a Friday night match versus MacEwan (6 p.m. PDT) and then close the weekend up at noon on Sunday in Prince George to play UNBC.
  • Outside of a single UBC at Victoria match last weekend this will be the defacto opening weekend for the Canada West women's soccer conference schedule.  
  • UBC Okanagan opens up on the road for the fourth consecutive season and this year it plays against two teams that also entered Canada West in soccer in 2014. 
  • These matches were originally scheduled to be played in Kelowna but were moved in late August due to concerns of air quality in the Okanagan in September and the possibility of extreme weather in late October in Prince George and Edmonton. 

GAME TIMES (PST)

FRIDAY, SEP 8th, 2017
6 PM | Soccer (W) (0-0-0) vs. the MacEwan Griffins (0-0-0)
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets - Free admission
@ Jasper Place Bowl, Edmonton, AB

SUNDAY, SEP 10th, 2017: 
Noon 12 PM | Soccer (W) (0-0-0) vs. the UNBC Timerbwolves (0-0-0)
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets 
@ North Cariboo Sr Soccer League Fields, Prince George, BC


A quick look at the Heat

A strong distribution of new and experienced players on this year's women's soccer roster with seven players in their fourth or fifth year, five third year players, five players in their second year, and seven true freshmen.

Midfield generals

Look to fifth year Andrea Stinson and first year Erica Lampert to be keys to the Heat's attack. Stinson was invaluable on the field last year for UBC Okanagan leading the team to its first ever post season berth, meanwhile first year KSS grad Lampert looks to pair up with the senior midfielder from Nelson, BC to create a strong duo. The coaching staff has referred to Lampert as exciting and calm under pressure.

Ball in the net 

With Courtney Hemmerling and her team leading four goals gone from, last season's roster it will be time for fourth year forward and a team captain Cassie Bratton to step in and take some of those 42 shots Hemmerling takes with her from last season. Bratton and second year player, Maya Bandy, were tied for second on last year's team with two goals each. Also look for Lauren Candelario and her .286 shooting percentage, a healthy Susan Traynor, and Ally Ferronato, who scored a brilliant goal in the preseason, to supply some offense.

Smoky preseason

The Heat went undefeated through their preseason schedule but missed some action due to mother nature, they finished (3-0-1) but managed just one match against CW competition. 

Scouting the Griffins 

  • MacEwan will play their home opener after a perfect 5-0 preseason.
  • The Griffin's team will have a mix of experience and young talent as they have seven seniors along with eight rookies.

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v GMU) (0W-1L-0T)

With UBCO in the Pacific Division and MacEwan formerly in the Prairie Division the only other match between these two Canada West recent entries was in Kelowna in 2015. The Edmonton squad won that match 4-0.

Scouting the Timberwolves

  • The T-Wolves went winless in 2016 but avoided a complete losing season with a tie versus UBC Okanagan last October. A UNBC home game played in Kelowna due to weather conditions.
  • Only scoring three goals last season UNBC added a fourth year striker, and the program's all-time leading scorer, Sidney Roy, to their lineup to bolster the offense while also returning Tianna Pius their leading point getter from the previous campaign.
  • The roster has 11 new freshmen to complement Roy as new faces for UNBC and coach Neil Sedgwick.

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v UNBC) (2W-1L-4T)

Last year these two teams played both matches against each other in Kelowna. UBCO won the first 3-0 and then they tied 1-1 in the mid-October bout.