Grayson Leahy -- Heat Sports Information
REGINA -- The UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer team played to a 2-2 final against the University of Regina Cougars in a midday match on Saturday. Down 2-0 at half-time, the Heat were able to put together a number of opportunities late and capitalize twice late in the second to pull even before the final whistle.
The Cougars were the dominant side in the opening half, getting on the board in just the 7th minute thanks to a goal from Lauren Petras after a scramble to corral a Regina corner. In the 11th minute it was Kirsten Finley scoring again for the Cougars, placing a low shot past Francesca Balletta after a long lead into the box.
It wasn't until the 86th minute that the Heat were able to beat Regina's keeper, but they were able to do it twice in those final minutes to even the score at two goals apiece and come away with a draw that was finalized shortly after their second goal, in injury time.
Mackenzie Pfoh was the first scorer for the Heat, with an assist from Kylie Walker as she was able to finesse her way past the Cougars goalie and bury her first of the season into an empty net in the 86th minute. Well into injury time, it was Andrea Stinson earning the equalizer for the Heat with a corner kick that ricocheted off of and around Regina's defenders. It was the first goal of the season for both Pfoh and Stinson.
While Pfoh and Stinson were the Heat's scorers on Saturday, it was Anastasia Ziros who earned UBCO's MVP for the match. Playing ninety minutes, Ziros recorded a shot and was a pillar for the Heat defence.
Coach Carli Tingstad's comments on the effort of the team in the comeback and how they had opportunities but the Regina keeper was great today:
"Girls were unbelievable, we are so proud of them. Even after being down 0-2 they attacked from the first minute to the last minute and although scored late they got the reward they deserved. Player of the game was the Regina keeper"
The UBC Okanagan Heat (0-2-1) , will play next in their first home matches of the season, hosting the University of Victoria Vikes (3-1-1) next Saturday and the UBC Thunderbirds (4-1) next Sunday. As the Cougars (0-0-3), their next opponents will be the Calgary Dinos (1-1-1) and the Lethbridge Pronghorns (1-1-1) in Regina next weekend.