SASKATOON, SK – The UBC Okanagan women's soccer team gave up three early goals on Sunday afternoon and the Heat didn't have another miracle comeback in them on the last day of their long road trip in Saskatchewan.
Down three at the half to the Huskies UBCO gave up two more goals on Field 7 PotashCorp Park in Saskatoon to fall by a score of 5-0.
With the win, the Huskies go 2-0 on the weekend and see their record improve to 3-1. On the other side, the Heat finish the weekend with a draw and a loss and are 0-3-1 on the year with all games on the road.
The Huskies second-year striker Taneil Gay scored a pair of early goals en route to Saskatchewan's 5-0 win. Gay scored twice in a row with markers at the 7-minute mark and the just before the 20-minute mark.
Just five minutes into the match, Gay caused a Heat turnover in their own box and quickly capitalized, tucking the ball just inside the far post.
Not long after that, Gay and teammate Leesa Eggum worked give-and-go action up the field before Gay buried her second of the day and third overall on the season
The Huskies fifth year Rebecca Weckworth took a free kick that left Heat goalkeeper Francesca Balletta with no chance. Weckworth's tally is good for her eighth as a Huskie.
Coming out of the break, rookie sensation Megan Ripplinger checked into the game. Ripplinger's impact was felt immediately, as the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Week scored her fourth goal in as many career games as a Huskie.
The Huskies Maya Gabruch in the 77th minute displayed great hustle to the ball as she forced a misplay by the Heat goalkeeper. Balletta's clearing attempt ricocheted off Gabruch and into the back of the net before Heat defenders could come and aid their keeper.
With the shutout, Huskie goalkeeper Jadyn Steinhauer delivers back-to-back clean sheets for this weekend's matches. Steinhauer made 5 saves on 6 UBCO shot attempts, while her counterpart Balletta made five saves on 15 Huskie attempts.
The Heat will finally get a chance to play in front of their home fans, after four matches in a row on the road UBC Okanagan will host Pacific Division rivals the University of Victoria Vikes on Saturday and the UBC Thunderbirds on the Noinis Sports Field. Action to begin both days at 1 p.m. PDT.
The Huskies will stay at home next week for weekend matchups vs Lethbridge and Calgary, both kickoffs at 12:00 P.M at Potash Corp Park.
With notes from Tanner Michalenko, Saskatchewan Sports Information Student Assistant