VICTORIA- The UBC Okanagan Heat ended their road trip with a loss on the Island as they were defeated by the University of Victoria Vikes on Sept. 22 by a score of 6-0 at Centennial Stadium.
Second-year Vike Aishy Shinomura scored twice for her team in what was a strong offensive showing by Victoria, as five different Vikes score on Saturday night.
The Heat were down two at the half and when the score was still 3-0, the Heat had two great chances but in the 66th and 67th minute but the Vikes keeper, Puck Louwes, was able to keep the clean sheet.
With the loss, the UBC Okanagan Heat fell to an overall record of 2-3-1 in the Canada West Pacific division.
The Vikes jump to (4-3-0)after winning both matches on the weekend.
Coach Craig Smith after the match:
"It was a tough game for us tonight but sometimes that is the way a game can go," said Heat head coach Craig Smith. "We had a game plan coming in but UVic played us tight tonight and got us on the run."
The Vikes began the game on fire with great scoring chances coming from Rachel Baird and Shinomura but they could not manage to find the back of the net. Baird had Heat goalie Iona Lawson beat but ran herself out of room leaving her with a tough angle to score.
Shinomura got a shot off that hit the cross bar despite being surrounded by Heat defenders. UBC Okanagan goalkeeper Larson kept the Vikes at bay early stopping several difficult shots to keep her team in the game.
Baird however would redeem herself by scoring the games opening goal in the 36th minute. Baird found herself in open space and put her shot into the top left corner of the net to give her Vikes squad a 1-0 lead. In the dying moments of the opening half, a Georgia Bignold corner kick found its way into the back of the net to give Victoria a 2-0 lead at the break.
The Vikes kept the pressure on in the second half. Goals from Krya Teetzen, Natalie Cavallin and two from Shinomura would give Victoria the victory by a final score of 6-0.
It was UBCO fifth year Jasmine Cooper threatening in the 66th minute Cooper was free deep in the box and connected with a cross attempt that was sent over the bar. A minute later Cooper forced the Vikes keeper to make a leaping save off her right foot that was headed to the far post.
The Vikes will head east for a game against MacEwan University on Sept. 28.
UBC Okanagan will head home and host Fraser Valley next weekend on Sept. 29. All games can be watched live at canadawest.tv.
UBCO: #5 Maya Bandy
VIC: #2 Aishy Shinomura
~ With notes from Braedan Willis, Vikes Communications