Kamloops, B.C. – It was the WolfPack duo of Chantal Gammie and Marlie Rittinger that supplied all of the points on Thursday night, sending the visiting UBC Okanagan women's soccer team home on the losing end of a 2-0 decision at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.
The game winner was scored early on, just seven minutes in, when Heat keeper Iona Lawson made the initial stop but the ball remained loose, Gammie knocked it toward the net. A spectacular save on the line was just missed by UBCO defender Erica Lampert, who got a portion of the ball but not enough to prevent the goal.
The Heat's deficit was doubled early in the second half when Gammie cracked one just over the outstretched arm of Lawson, dead centre, just under the cross bar.
Lawson, played outstanding in goal, making several quality saves on the night as TRU totaled 16 shots forcing the rookie keeper to turn away seven.
Her counterpart, Danielle Robertson, was not as busy, brushing aside just two of the UBCO eight shots for the clean sheet.
The Heat had two outstanding chances to break up the shutout, one in each half. In the first half, after winning a corner, taken by Ally Ferronato and crossed saw the header of 6'1'" first year centre-back Lauryn Padmoroff go over the bar to wipe away the set piece.
In the second half, once again on a Ferronato cross, it was Allison Candelario who connected off the cross and cracked a shot forcing Robertson to make the save in the 59th minute. Candelario, herself had just subbed in at centre-back for Padmoroff just five minutes earlier.
Late in the game (75') it was another first year player who subbed in, midfielder Linnea Cassidy, who had a chance for UBCO when the ball rolled out, found her foot at about 25 yards out, only to see her solid one-touch sailed just high for the Heat.
For the 'Pack's Gammie the two goals were her second and third goals of the year. Robertson's shutout was her first of the year and third of her career.
UBCO head coach Craig Smith (3rd season):
On game:" It wasn't our best night at the office. The first half saw us play conservative and a mistake cost us. The girls tried hard. What can I say, TRU got more shots on goal. It was one of those nights."
The UBCO loss was just the second event in the women's competition for the Presidents' Cup, and first loss. The first women's event was last weekend with the cross country race that the Heat won.
The Presidents' Cup is a competition between UBC Okanagan and TRU that has been going on since 1993. For full history and scoring matrix click here.
The WolfPack and Heat will wind up their 'home and home' series on Saturday afternoon (October 6) with a 1 p.m. kick off. The match will be at the Nonis Field in Kelowna.
After hosting TRU on Saturday the Heat will stay home for their final two matches at Nonis Field for the regular season. Those matches would be Saturday October 13th against the University of Manitoba Bisons and Sunday October 14th versus the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. Saturday's and Sunday's kick off will be at 1 p.m.
In the table:
The loss on Thursday dropped the Heat to sixth in the Pacific Division (2-6-1), holing on to the final playoff spot.
~ with notes form Larry Read, TRU Sports Information Officer