LANGLEY, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan women's soccer team gave up four goals to Trinity Western , as the Heat were shutout 4-0 win by the Spartans Friday at Chase Office Field.
Found different players found the back of the net for Trinity and goalkeeper Rachel Sydor (Tsawwassen, B.C.) picked up the clean sheet and the win as the Heat's defensive struggles on the road continue.
Sydor made three saves for her first ever Canada West shutout. Francesca Balletta stopped two of the six shots she faced for the Heat (0-6-1).
In five matches on the road UBCO has given up 16 goals, where on two matches at home the Okanagan squad gave up just three goals in two matches.
The offense has been unable to pick up the slack for the Heat who have now gone four straight matches without finding the back of the net and fall to (0-5-1) on the season. The Spartans maintain pace in the Pacific Division with a (5-2-0) record.
Second-year striker Kathryn Harvey (Coquitlam, B.C.) opened the scoring in the 10th minute and the Spartans (5-2-0) rolled from there.
The Spartans Kathleen Chin (Calgary), Rachel Hutchinson (Cloverdale, B.C.) and Leanne Verhoeff (Calgary) added to the goal total
Harvey tallied her second of the season in the 10th minute when she took a long clearing ball from Aliya Coy (Calgary) and buried her chance into an empty net after Balletta and one of her defenders collided to create an easy look for Harvey.
Chin got her first goal of the year in the 25th minute when she took a clearing attempt off a corner and volleyed it into the net.
The Spartans went up by three when Hutchinson took a loose ball at the midfield stripe and ran nearly half the field, before slotting it past Balletta.
Verhoeff rounded out the scoring with a brilliant striker from outside the box that she tucked into the top right corner.
Inside the numbers
After the Spartans outshot the Heat 7-1 in the first half, UBCO pushed back and were much better over the final 30 minutes, finishing with a 5-4 edge in shots in the second half.
The Heat have still not been able to come out on top of the Spartans and are now (0-5-1) against the Langley team all-time.
After dropping two of their first three games, TWU has found its form, nabbing four consecutive wins while going 376 minutes without allowing a goal.
The Heat travel to Abbotsford, B.C. to play Fraser Valley Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (PT ). The Spartans are back at home Saturday as they host Thompson Rivers at 5 p.m. (PT) at Chase Office Field.).
~ with notes from Mark Janzen, TWU