What you need to know
- The Heat will be on the road this weekend once again when they face off with the tenth ranked UBC Thunderbirds and Victoria Vikes on Friday and Saturday evenings respectively.
- It has been a terrific start to the year for the Heat as they already have seven points through just four matches in their Canada West schedule.
- This will be one of the toughest two-match sets on the schedule for the Heat as the T-Birds and Vikes both were medalists last season in the CW conference.
GAME TIMES (PST)
FRIDAY, SEP 21st
SATURDAY, SEP 23rd
Strong start to season:
- Just four games into the young season the Heat have nearly matched their point total from all of last season with seven points in the first two weekends of play.
- Two first half goals last Saturday from Kylee Walker and freshman Jessica Ambrosio would give the Heat the win against the Mount Royal Cougars in their first away match of the season.
- The following day the team would fall in Edmonton to the undefeated Alberta Pandas (3-0) in what could be the toughest opponent they face all season.
- Nine Heat rookies have already seen playing time so far in the young season - including four straight starts at striker for Jessica Ambrosio and midfielder Aurora Gardiner.
- Centre back Lauryn Padmoroff has also been a key edition to the back line with her size, at 6'1" she is a noticeable presence on the pitch for UBCO, and has even demonstrated some offensive skill having recorded an assist in the season-opener.
Player to watch:
- Attacking midfielder Kylee Walker, one of four third-year players on the team, has been one of the keys to the Heat attack so far this season as the Management student already has two goals and five shots on target in just four games.
Scouting the Thunderbirds
Early season form:
- The nationally ranked UBC Thunderbirds have started the season with three big wins along with two defeats as they hope to defend their CW bronze medal from last season.
- Back-to-back road victories to start the season would be followed by a three goal loss to the No. 1 team in the country, the Trinity Western Spartans.
- Last weekend the T-Birds would pick up a four goal win against Lethbridge but would fall the following day to Calgary. Both matches played on the UBC home turf.
Player to watch:
- Forward Danielle Steer is off to a scorching start for the Thunderbirds as she has recorded four goals in the first four games to lead the Canada West. The rookie scored two goals last Friday night in the four goal win against Lethbridge.
Head to head with the T-Birds: (0W - 3L - 1T)
- The Thunderbirds would prevail in this fixtures last season, capturing the 2-0 win in Kelowna. The only point the Heat have claimed against the Vancouver school was in 2014 when they played to a 1-1 draw.
Impressive 2017 campaign
- The Vikes are coming off one of the best seasons in school history, as they were crowned Canada West silver medalists en route to a fifth place showing at the U SPORTS National Championship.
- The 2017 team would lose just one game in the CW regular season and only lost three players from last years medal winning squad.
Players to watch:
- Goalkeeper Puck Louwes was named a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian last season and was singled out as the top goalie in the country. So far this season the netminder ranks second in the CW with 26 saves through the first five games.
Head to head with the Vikes: (0W - 4L - 0T)
- The Heat have yet to record a point in four meetings with the Island school dating back to the programs inception into the Canada West conference.
- Last season these two teams battled in Kelowna in a back-and-forth match that ended in a 1-0 win for the Vikes.