Dodds salvages point for Heat

Vernon’s Kirsten Dodds scored in the final minute as the UBC Okanagan Heat earned a 1-1 draw with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

Vernon’s Kirsten Dodds scored in the final minute as the UBC Okanagan Heat earned a 1-1 draw with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in PacWest women’s soccer action Sunday at Nonis Park.

Dodds, a third-year forward, put away a rebound off a Jennifer Kidd (5th year, Richmond) penalty kick to help the Heat avoid a weekend sweep by TRU.

“I’m glad the girls responded and came out strong to defend the turf,” said Heat coach Claire Paterson. “We had tons of chances and limited theirs, so we’re happy with that.”

The 5-3-2 Heat’s Christine Tallon (4th year, Kamloops) and TRU’s Emily Edmundson were stellar in their respective nets. A penalty kick by the Marlie Rittinger in the 19th minute put the 8-0-2 WolfPack on the board.

Vernon’s Michelle Smith scored once as UBC Okanagan bowed 5-2 to the WolfPack Saturday at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.

Smith scored in the second half after TRU had surged ahead on goals by Alanna Bekkering (5th year, Kamloops) and Marlie Rittinger (Ashcroft).

TRU’s Jaydene Radu (Calgary) netted two straight goals before the Heat’s Haylee Lakovic (1st year, West Kelowna) cut the lead to 4-2 in the 76th minute. The Pack iced the game in the 82nd minute.

The Heat close out the season this weekend at home against the Kwantlen Eagles on Saturday (1 p.m.), and the Douglas College Royals on Sunday, noon.

In men’s soccer action, the Heat earned a weekend split with TRU after winning 3-2 Sunday in Kelowna. Rookie midfielder Lucas Krivak (Port Moody) sealed the win with a breakaway in the 83rd minute.

Enderby’s Corey Wallis scored on a header to give TRU an early lead as they bounced UBCO 4-2 Saturday in Kamloops.

The Heat (4-3-2) responded in the 27th on an own goal by TRU (6-1-1). Vernon’s Enzo Paal was credited with the goal, his fourth of the season.

Tied 2-2 at the break, TRU collected singles in the 63rd and 83rd minute put the game out of reach, the first set up by a Wallis free kick.