Cary Mellon, Heat athletics
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – To end their long road trip the Heat women's soccer team allowed a pair of first half goals on Sunday afternoon and eventually were doubled up by the UNBC Timberwolves, 2-1 in Prince George.
After playing in Edmonton on Friday night, a 3-0 loss to the MacEwan Griffins, UBC Okanagan once again found themselves unable to finish their chances and the Timberwolves capitalized twice scoring in the 25th and 43rd minute.
Pushing the pace in the second half, the Heat finally broke through with just under 15 minutes left at the North Cariboo Soccer Field when fourth year Susan Traynor buried her first goal on the season, the first Canada West conference goal of 2017 for UBCO.
A furious pace for the last dozen, led by Heat midfielder Andrea Stinson, created numerous chances but they all were turned away as UBC Okanagan end their two-province road trip without a win.
Good pressure by UNBC in the 25th minute would lead to the first goal of the match, as Paige Payne was setup in the box by Sydney Roy, and her shot squeaked into the bottom left corner past Heat keeper Francesca Balletta for her first goal of the season.
Just two minutes before halftime, the Timberwolves doubled their lead on a brilliant shot from 4th-year Madison Emmond. The Prince George product fired from 30 yards out, beating UBCO keeper Balletta.
Thought's from the Captain
"It was just one of those days," said UBCO's Andrea Stinson. "We had a lot of shots. We didn't let them out of their half much, but just one of those days."
"The first half was a bit iffy, but we turned it around in the second and I think we could have won," said the 5th year. "UNBC did a really good job of switching the play by bringing us to one side and then making us run all the way to the other."
So many UBCO chances
The Heat would take 15 shots on the night and forced first year UNBC keeper Brooke Molby to make six saves.
Seven minutes in Britney Wheeler dives and makes an excellent cross that Cassie Bratton was able to put a foot on and direct a shot at the goal that was turned away. The ensuing rebound was volleyed with pace by second year Maddy Laranjo but the rising shot hit the cross bar and deflected up and over the bar.
At the thirty minute mark, just minutes following the UNBC goal, the Heat looked to respond and came within inches of doing so. Off a set piece, Bratton was once again threating as she put it towards the net, and thought she had evened the score, but a great boot by defender Ashley Volk cleared the ball off the line.
Stinson nearly tied the game late, but found the crossbar, and Molby was able to hold the fort the rest of the way. Molby made six saves in her first career Canada West start, helping the Timberwolves improve to 2-0 on the season.
With a UNBC turnover late Kylie Walker near the end of regulation time had a good look but sent her shot high for the last great chance for UBCO.
The Heat fall to (0-2-0) on the season and are tied for seventh in the Pacific Division after their first weekend of play.
With two home wins on opening weekend the Timberwolves are in a three-way tie with UBC and MacEwan atop the Pacific Division with six points.
Back on the road for another long road trip the UBC Okanagan Heat make their first ever trip to Saskatchewan when they face off with the (0-0-2) Regina Cougars (Sat. Sept, 16) and the (1-1-0) Saskatchewan Huskies (Sun Sept. 17) both matches at 11 a.m. PDT.
Video from UNBC
~ With notes from Ryan Lepper, UNBC