KELOWNA, B.C. - In the third part of a four-game homestand for the UBC Okanagan women's soccer team, their solid effort was not enough to take down the Victoria Vikes. The Heat fell (1-0) under the lights on Friday night.
A tight contest on the Nonis Sports Field was split open with a 63rd-minute goal from the Vikes, as the Heat were unable to claw their way back before the final whistle blew. Trinity Kettyls' second half goal gave the Vikes the lead as they were able to fend of the Heat's attack for the remainder of the game.
The loss drops UBCO to (1-8-0) on the year while the Vikes improve to (4-2-3).
Both sides equalled each others' efforts in a scoreless first half. The Heat led in shots (3-2) but shots on goal were even at two a piece.
Into the second half, UBCO's Maddy Laranjo was looking for the game's first goal. She fired a shot from well outside the box, her attempt sailed just high over the bar.
It was the Vikes who struck first off the foot of Trinity Kettyls. The speedy forward beat UBCO to the ball in the box and her shot attempt was deflected, fooling Heat keeper Emma Terrillon, giving UVic the game's only goal.
With the Heat down in the 86th minute Jillian Hunt had the last best chance to tie the game for the Heat. Catriona McFadden and Jessica Ambrosio worked the ball to Hunt near the penalty spot and she ripped a shot that grazed the crossbar and stayed out.
Vikes keeper, Puck Louwes recorded her fourth clean sheet of the year in the win. Terrillon held the opposing team to a goal or less for the third straight game.
The Vikes head to Kamloops to play the TRU WolfPack on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Heat face off against the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on the Nonis Sports Field.
All games can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information