Vernon's Kirsten Dodds

Vernon's Kirsten Dodds

Dodds nets POW award

Vernon's Kirsten Dodds earns PacWest women's soccer Player of the Week award.

The UBC Okanagan Heat’s Kirsten Dodds had been held goal-less heading into week four of the 2013 PacWest women’s soccer season.

The third-year forward from Vernon broke out in a big way last weekend, netting three goals in two road games to help the Heat earn six much-needed points. She also collected PacWest female soccer Athlete of the Week honours.

Saturday, on a wet and rainy afternoon in Nanaimo, Dodds scored on a rebound as UBCO stuffed the Vancouver Island University Mariners 4-0.

On Sunday afternoon, Dodd collected both goals as the Heat shut out the Capilano Blues 2-0. Playing in soggy conditions, the Vernon product converted in the 57th minute as she took on a Blues’ defender one-on-one and, after setting up a teammate, she swooped in on the resulting rebound.

Dodds’ second goal was the result of some slick passing that sprung her on a breakaway. She froze the Capilano keeper before finding net.

The Heat battle the first-place Thompson Rivers WolfPack in a weekend home-and-home set starting Saturday in Kamloops.

In men’s soccer, the Heat bowed to the Blues 4-1 Sunday in North Vancouver with fourth-year midfielder Austin Jones (Vernon) clicking midway through the first half after Capilano went up 2-0.

Jones scored in the 25th minute Saturday as the Heat tied the Mariners 1-1 in Nanaimo. He is on a five-game scoring streak.

Both Jones and rookie forward Logan Abbott (Salmon Arm) enjoyed a few other good opportunities that were saved by the VIU keeper in the rain-soaked second half. The Mariners opened the offence in the second minute. The Heat are now 4-2-2 and still holding onto a playoff seed.