What you need to know
- It's the season-opening weekend for the Heat women's soccer team as they travel to Calgary and Prince George for matches in each city.
- In Calgary, on Thursday night, the Heat will open the season with a match against the Dinos. U of C is coming off a season in which they fell a goal short of claiming the Canada West title.
- UNBC made the postseason last year with just one less loss than UBCO last fall. The Timberwolves finished (3-8-3) last season, and the Heat missed the playoffs at (3-9-2).
GAME TIMES (PT)
THURSDAY, SEP 5th
SATURDAY, SEP 7th
- It was a fairly quiet preseason in terms of full 11v11 competitions for the Heat, with a schedule consisting of scrimmages against other universities.
- The young team, with 15 first and second-year players, concentrated their six weeks of training on skill work and team building.
Players to watch:
- Midfielder Erica Lampert will once again be one of the key pieces on this year's team. The centre midfielder has started 26 games in her first two years on the team.
- In net, it will once again be the duo of Iona Lawson and Emma Terrillon splitting duties between the pipes. Lawson logged 520 minutes while Terrillon finished with 740 minutes.
- Striker Jessica Ambrosio is coming off a terrific rookie season in which she was a finalist for UBC Okanagan Female Rookie of the Year. She finished with two goals last season, and one of those goals came on the road in Calgary. Although she scored in Calgary, it was against Mount Royal in the Heat's (2-1) win over MRU, and sadly not against U of C.
One of the favourites:
- Ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll, the Dinos begin the season as one of the main contenders for this year's Canada West title.
- Last year they went (13-1-0) in conference play. Ranked No. 7 in the U SPORTS national poll, the Dinos are unbeaten in their preseason, (6-0-0).
- Calgary lost their first outing of the year last fall, and then they ran the table all the way to the conference title match. Falling (1-0) to the Trinity Western Spartans.
Strong defensive squad:
- The Dinos only gave up five goals last year, best in Canada West.
- In net for Calgary all season, keeper Lauren Houghton, was an All-Canadian last season with 10 shutouts and 53 saves.
- Talia White, a first-team All-Canadian on the back end for the Dinos last season, returns for her fourth season and is a team leader on and off the field.
Head to head with the Dinos: (0W - 2L- 0T)
- These two teams have only ever met twice in Canada West play, with the Dinos capturing the victory in 2017 (3-1) in Kelowna. The only match in Calgary was in 2016, with a (6-2) result for the home side.
- The UNBC Women's soccer team have been steadily improving, finding themselves in the playoffs in both 2017 and 2018.
- The 2018 T-Wolves earned their first playoff win in program history after downing Manitoba on penalty kicks.
Players to watch:
- Midfielder Paige Payne returns for her senior season after leading the team in goals (eight) and points (12) last season. She was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star last season. In two matches versus the Heat last year, Payne registered a pair of goals and an assist.
Head to head with the T-Wolves: (2W - 3L- 6T)
- Last season it was the Timberwolves who eliminated the Heat from playoff contention in the season finale thanks to a (1-0) win in Prince George.