The University of British Columbia

PREVIEW: First home matches for women's soccer

PREVIEW: First home matches for women's soccer

What you need to know


  • It is the home opening weekend for the Heat women with a two-game set against MacEwan and then Alberta.
  • Both of those teams figure to play a part in the postseason as they were picked in the top-five of the preseason coach's poll.
  • UBCO failed to generate much offense in their opening two matches, dropping both, and were unable to find the back of the net.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, SEP 13th 

Soccer (W) | Canada West conference home opener
5:30 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-2-0) vs the Alberta Pandas (1-0-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ Nonis Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC. 

SATURDAY, SEP 14th 

Soccer (W) | Canada West conference match
5:30 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the MacEwan Griffins (1-0-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information - Free Admission | @ Nonis Field, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC. 


Players to keep an eye on:

  • Midfielder Erica Lampert will look to lock down the middle of the park all season long as she will be one of the key pieces on this year's team.
  • Rookies Aspen Marsden and Yvonne Manwaring both got the start in the season-opener against the Calgary Dinos and are part of a strong incoming recruiting class.

Inside the numbers:

  • UBCO recorded just eight shots on target during the opening two games against Calgary and UNBC and gave up 22. Heat keepers, Iona Lawson and Emma Terrillon, were kept busy in both outings.
  • This weekend's matchup of Alberta and MacEwan will be the second-toughest two-match stretch of the season based on the preseason poll, Alberta polled at No.4 with two first place votes, the Griffins polled fifth. The UBC Victoria weekend will be the only tougher set.

Scouting Alberta

Perennial powers:

  • The defending Canada West Bronze Medalists return a young but extremely talented squad into this season following the departures of veteran goal scorers Sydney Daines and Karissa McNutt.
  • Alberta opened up their season last weekend at home against Lethbridge and Mount Royal and were able to capture four points from their opening two games.

Impact player:

  • Forward Georgia Tansley takes over the starting striker duties for the Edmonton squad and has shown plenty of potential to fill it up this season.
  • Tansley recorded three goals and five points as a rookie and scored a hat-trick in preseason against the Mount Royal Cougars as well.

Head to head with the Pandas: (0W – 4L – 0T)

  • The Heat have yet to record a point against the Pandas in their Canada West history including a 3-0 defeat in Edmonton last season.

Scouting MacEwan

2018 season recap:

  • The Griffins' finished last season with a (9-3-2) record which was good enough for third spot in the Pacific Division. They fell, however, in the quarterfinals of the Canada West playoffs.
  • Their top four goal scorers all return from last season and they have supplemented that group with bringing in a strong recruiting class that featuring two transfers.

Player to watch:

  • Defender Jamie Erickson returns for her fifth and final season in a Griffins uniform, the general consensus is that she will retire after this year as one of the best players in program history.
  • Erikson was named a Canada West First Team All-Star last season which included four goals from her center back position.
  • Erickson featured as a part of Team Canada's women's soccer team at the FISU Summer Universiade this past summer in Italy.

Head to head with the Griffins: (2W – 3L – 0T)

  • These two teams split last year's matches with the Heat capturing the 1-0 victory on home turf before falling 4-1 in Edmonton during the final weekend of the season.