Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The UBC Okanagan Heat women's side lost 1-0 in Kamloops on Saturday afternoon in the second half of the annual home-and-home series against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, and the latest matchup in the multi-sport Presidents Cup campaign between UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers athletics. The lone goal of the match at Hillside Stadium was scored midway through the first half, and from then on it was primarily a defensive matchup.
With seven shots in the opening half, the UBC Okanagan women seemed to be the stronger offensive team, but were unable to get anything past TRU's freshman netminder Dannielle Robertson, and recorded just one shot on goal before half time. The WolfPack were able to beat Heat keeper Francesca Balletta in the 25th minute, taking the momentum on home turf into the break.
The second half had 12 recorded shots, with two on goal for the Heat and three for the 'Pack. Between them Robertson and Balletta made four saves, a pair apiece, in the second, turning away all chances to chance the score on the board. The Heat put the pressure on late, getting three shots off in the final ten minutes of play, and forcing Robertson to make a save in the 90th minute, maintaining her clean sheet and keeping the Heat off the board at the final whistle.
TRU's Marisa Mendonca was the lone goal scorer in the match. She was able to capitalize on an excellent give-and-go play at 24:23 on the clock, as she and Sasha Sirianni were able to turn an unthreatening play into a goal with quick passing, and a strong boot from 40 yards out that flew just over the hand of Francesca Balletta high on the left side.
The Heat got away 15 shots in the contest, three of which were counted as being on target. For the WolfPack, it was nine shots and seven on goal.
Heat keeper Francesca Balletta faced six shots on goal and made five saves. TRU's Danielle Robertson faced three shots on goal, and turned all three away.
The UBC Okanagan Heat (0-7-3) will play a pair of matches at home next weekend. The Calgary Dinos (4-2-3) and Lethbridge Pronghorns (3-5-1) will be coming to Nonis Field on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 respectively.
The TRU WolfPack (2-7-1) will also host the Dinos and Pronghorns next weekend, facing Lethbridge on Saturday and Calgary on Sunday.
On the women's side the Heat now trail the 'Pack by a win. Check out the scoring matrix here: https://news.ok.ubc.ca/athrec/2017/10/07/38603/