What you need to know
GAME TIMES (PST)
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.
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.
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.