The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: Home at last for women's soccer

#12 Emma Nelsen - Photo Courtesy of Arthur Images.
Photo Courtesy of Arthur Images.

What you need to know


  • The UBC Okanagan women's soccer team will have the long awaited home opener this Saturday when they face the University of Victoria Vikes at 1 p.m. on the Nonis Sports field.
  • The Heat opened the season with four straight matches on the road, covering over 5,000 kms.
  • The Heat will also play on Sunday at home against the No. 3 nationally ranked UBC Thunderbirds, also starting at 1 p.m.

GAME TIMES (PST)

SATURDAY, SEP 23rd, 2017
1 PM PDT | Soccer (W) (0-3-1) vs. the Victoria Vikes (3-1-1)
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets - Free admission

SUNDAY, SEP 24th, 2017: 
1 PM PDT | Soccer (W) vs. the #3 UBC Thunderbirds (4-1-0)
Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets - Free admission

Both Canada West conference matches matches to be played at the Nonis Field at UBC Okanagan.


Results to date:

- After playing the first four conference games away from home, UBCO will look to get back on track after a draw and three losses to open the season.

- Last weekend the Heat came back with two late goals to earn a draw at Regina (2-2) on Saturday.

- On Sunday, the Huskies defeated UBCO (5-0), with three goals in the first half.

- The Heat opened the year with a (3-0) to MacEwan in Edmonton and a (2-1) loss to UNBC in Prince George.

Playing from behind:

- One of the things the Heat will look to improve on this weekend is their slow starts to games. In each of the first four games the Heat have been trailing by at least the 25th minute, including two games where they conceded in the first 10 minutes.

- If the women can get off to a quicker start, two good results should be coming their way this weekend

Shot leaders

Andrea Stinson and Cassie Bratton lead the Heat with four shots on goal apiece, for their efforts; they have a combine single goal. Those numbers are likely to improve on their home turf.

First year Mackenzie Pfoh, who scored the first goal in the Regina match for her first ever career goal, is an efficient 1-1 in shooting percentage. Susan Traynor is finishing one-third of her chances this year.

Scouting the Vikes

- UVIC comes into the game with a record of 3-1-1 on the season including a win against nationally ranked UBC at home

- Goalkeeper Puck Louwes currently ranks second in saves in the Canada West with 26 through five games so far

- Forward Kiara Kilbey who has three goals already on the season leads the Vikes offense

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v VIC) (0W-3L-0T)

- Last season the Heat lost their only matchup with the Vikes by a score of 3-1 in Victoria.

- In the three previous match ups the Heat have failed to capture any points.

Scouting the T-Birds

- After losing their opener against Victoria, the Thunderbirds have reeled off four dominating wins by an aggregate score of 15-2

- The team is led by forward Jasmin Dhanda who has five goals in the past four games. She currently leads the conference in goal scoring

- Another key player for the T-birds is goalkeeper Marlee Maracle. In three games this season, she has conceded just one goal on five shots

Overall Head to Head (UBCO v UBC) (0W-2L-1T)

The Thunderbirds prevailed last season by a score of 2-0 in Vancouver

The two sister schools played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 20, 2014 in Kelowna.