Edmonton, AB - The Heat women's soccer season will come down to the final regular season game following a 4-1 loss to the MacEwan Griffins on Friday night. The women will control their own destiny in the playoff picture heading into the final regular season game on Sunday in Prince George.
UBC Okanagan now at (3-8-2) will make the Canada West playoffs with a road victory on Sunday over UNBC (2-8-3); however with a draw there will be an opening for the TRU WolfPack (3-9-1) to claim the final playoff spot with a win in their match on Sunday against MacEwan. MacEwan (9-3-1) will look to win and hope for a UBC (10-3-0) loss to earn the second seed in the Pacific and an opening match bye.
Goals a plenty in the opening half:
The first half in the match would produce five goals, all of which were scored in a 15 minute span between the 22nd and 37th minute. Kaylin Hermanutz would give the home team the lead after Salma Kamel charged into the penalty area and dished a pass to a wide-open Hermanutz for a tap-in.
The Heat responded five minutes later as defender Ally Ferronato ran in on a partial break from the left side and sent a short-side blast past MacEwan's Emily Burns. Three more goals would follow from MacEwan, courtesy of Maya Morrell, Raeghan McCarthy and Sarah Riddle. Offensively, it was the Griffins' best half of the season as they came at the Heat in waves.
Inside the numbers:
MacEwan would pepper Heat keeper Emma Terrillon in the match, recording 11 shots on target in 18 attempts. Terrillon would record seven saves in the match, her new career-high with the Heat in her rookie season. For Ferronato that is her second goal of the season, after scoring her first last Sunday, and gives her six goals in her career with one regular season match to play.
Head coach Craig Smith is looking forward to the pressure that comes with a playoff birth on the line on Sunday, commenting that "These are the games you want to be playing in. This is what football's for, isn't it? We all love football. We'll go up there and the best team will win. We'll have some fun with it and see where it goes."
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information / with notes from Jefferson Hagen.