What you need to know
- The Heat women's soccer team will be back on home turf this weekend when they plat host to the UFV Cascades and Trinity Western Spartans.
- It was a tough last weekend for the Heat as they dropped both games to UBC and Victoria by scorelines of 2-0 and 6-0.
- Trinity Western comes into the weekend as the No. 3 ranked team in the country, formerly No. 1 while UFV is just two points behind the Heat in the Pacific Division standings.
GAME TIMES (PST)
SATURDAY, SEP 29th
SUNDAY, SEP 30th
1 PM | UBC Okanagan Heat vs the No. 3 Trinity Western Spartans (5-1-0) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | All matches to be played on the Nonis Field at UBC Okanagan.
Tough road trip:
- The Heat were in for a tough task last weekend when they travelled to the lower mainland to face the UBC Thunderbirds and Victoria Vikes when they faced off against the perennial Pacific Division powers.
- A 2-0 defeat on Friday night in Vancouver was followed up by a 6-0 loss in Victoria the following night as the Heat have gone three games now without scoring a goal.
- Last weekend and this upcoming weekend is the toughest strecth of the season for the team, but at least as they will now get to play five of their final eight games at home on the Nonis Sports Field, after four straight on the road.
Players to watch:
- One of the youngest teams in the conference, the Heat have relied heavily on their first year players to make an immediate impact in the lineup.
- Striker Jessica Ambrosio and midfielder Aurora Gardiner have started all six Canada West matches so far in their freshmen seasons for the team with both getting on the scoresheet just three weekends in.
- The Heat have relied upon a duo of rookie goalkeepers so far this season with both Iona Lawson and Emma Terrillon starting in three games each.
Early season form:
- The Cascades picked up their first win of the season last weekend at home against the UNBC Timberwolves and currently sit two points back of the Heat in the CW standings six games into the season.
- UFV would open up the season with back-to-back losses against UBC and Victoria but would pick up draws against both Winnipeg and Manitoba the following weekend.
- It has been a balanced offense so far this season for UFV with seven different players scoring their eight goals in Canada West play.
- The only player to tally more then one goal this season is midfielder Brittney Zacharuk who has two goals to her name.
- Vanita Bhullar / M / 1 / Delta, BC / TSS Academy
- Kate Fisher / M / 1 / Powell River, BC / Upper Island
- Tavia Jasper / M / 1 / Langley, BC / Coastal FC
- Andrea Perkovic / GK / 1 / Calgary, AB / Calgary Foothills WFC17
- Jashan Sandhar / F / 1 / North Delta, BC / Coquitlam Metro Ford
Head to head with the Cascades: (0W - 4L - 1T)
- The Heat and Cascades would battle to a 1-1 draw last season in the Fraser Valley thanks to a second half goal from defender Ally Ferronato.
Scouting Trinity Western
Hot start to the season:
- The Spartans came into the season as the defending CW gold medalists and have not disappointed as they have captured five wins in their first six games of the 2018 campaign.
- The #3 team in the U SPORTS National Rankings fell for the first time last weekend at home against MacEwan by a final score of 3-2.
- The Spartans are one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the country, scoring 17 goals in just six conference matches so far.
Players to watch:
- Forward Seina Kashima is one of the most dangerous attacking forces in the conference, scoring four goals already this season. The striker also leads the conference by a wide margin in total shots (35) and shots on goal (23).
- Defender Amy Gartke and midfielder Gabi Short have each netted three goals this season for the Spartans with Short also picking up two assists.
Head to head with the Spartans: (0W - 5L - 1T)
- The Heat have yet to record a win against the powerful Spartans in their Canada West history. These two teams met last September in Langley with Trinity picking up a 4-0 win.