A wealth of chances for UBC Okanagan Heat – that resulted in a season high 10 shots on goal – still was not enough offence as the Heat tied the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 1-1 Thursday night at Nonis Field in Kelowna.
Both teams make no headway on catching UNBC Timberwolvesfor the sixth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. Thompson Rivers is now 1-7-1 with four points and in seventh place just one point and one spot ahead of UBC Okanagan (0-6-3). UNBC holds the last playoff spot with a (2-5-1) record and will play TRU and UBCO on the last weekend of the season.
These two teams will finish the annual derby Saturday afternoon in Kamloops with a kick-off time 2 p.m. at Hillside Stadium.
The TRU goal came in the 32nd minute by Marisa Mendoca who went the top left corner after pouncing on a turnover by the UBC Okanagan back line. It was Mendoca’s first goal of the year.
The UBC Okanagan goal was a pretty finish by Susan Traynor, who lifted the ball off her right foot up and over the charging TRU keeper. Jasmine Cooper tracked down the ball and sent the cross in to the streaking Traynor in the 66th minute. It was Traynor’s second goal of the year and has her in the team lead in that category.
First half chances came very early for UBC Okanagan as Traynor was found just offside but was free on a nice through ball from Ally Ferronato, in the seventh minute. Maya Bandy missed a very close chance at the far post off a cross from Kylee Walker at the 11th minute mark. TRU’s first look was a shot wide by the ‘Pack’s Camryn Curtis that sailed wide left of Heat keeper Francesca Balletta.
A great early chance by the Heat saw multiple shots blocked by TRU defenders. The attack was sprung after Ally Ferronato made a strong one-on-one move to get into the 18-yard box.