KELOWNA, B.C. – Two goals in a four-minute span in the opening half would propel the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack to victory (2-0) on Thursday night over the hometown UBC Okanagan Heat.
TRU was in search of a victory to keep their postseason aspirations alive, and with the win move just two points back of the final playoff spot at (2-6-3). With the loss, the Heat drop to (1-11) on their conference season, but are yet to be mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture.
The first half was largely controlled by the home team maintaining possession but the opening goal went the way of the visitors. A cross whipped into the box deflected off of a UBCO defender and found the back of the net to open the scoring. Just four minutes later, in the 24th minute, Marisa Mendonca used a nifty turn and fired home her first of the season to the bottom left corner.
It was all UBCO in the second 45 as they controlled the majority of the half but were unable to find quality scoring chances throughout.
WolfPack goalkeeper Danielle Robertson picked up her first shutout win of the season thanks to nine saves.
This marked the first event in the women's side of the Presidents' Cup this season with one point going to the 'Pack following the victory. The Presidents' Cup is a competition between UBC Okanagan and TRU that has been going on since 1993. To learn about the history, more information on what is at stake and a complete scoring matrix click here.
These two teams will play their second of the home-in-home series on Saturday afternoon in Kamloops with kickoff slated for noon at Warner Rentals Field.
All games can be watched live on Canada West TV presented by Co-op.
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information
Madelyn Ellis #14
- Madelyn Ellis will wrap up her five years with the Heat this fall and then graduate with her Bachelors of Science this spring.
- Ellis, hailing from Calgary's William Aberhart High, has been a stalwart midfielder for the past five seasons and has played in 52 matches for UBC Okanagan.
- Her only goal in a Heat uniform came last year, in this exact match. Ellis was able to score in last fall's Graduating player game, providing excitement and a win on that special day for her squad.
- Ellis has also been a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian in her career.
- Coaches Craig Smith, Carli Tingstad and Kai Tolpinrud had this to say about their midfielder:
- "Maddie has been a terrific asset to the Heat program both on and off the pitch. She brings high energy and can be very creative on the pitch. Her personality and energy will be missed both as a person and a player."
Kylee Walker #18
- Graduating this spring, Kylee Walker will hang up her cleats for the Heat without being able to get on the field in her final season.
- A knee injury late in the summer cost the Burnsview Secondary's product her fourth year and she will graduate this spring with Arts degree.
- An injury-shortened career still boasts plenty of highlights for the Delta, BC product. In just 39 games played, Walker has amassed 5 goals.
- Walker likes to score in bunches and make them count. Twice she scored in back-to-back games. Last year she did the trick against MacEwan and Mount Royal, in 2017 she did it against Lethbridge and MacEwan and both of those were game-winners.
- Her first career goal was in her rookie season here in Kelowna against TRU.
- Last year Walker earned Academic All-Canadian status.
- Coaches Craig Smith, Carli Tingstad and Kai Tolpinrud had this to say about their Walker:
- "Kylee was dearly missed this year as in her previous three years she has brought the team not only goals but creativity in the teams attacking phase. Kylee will be missed and we wish her the best of luck in her recovery."