Heat draw Kermodes in playoff

UBC Okanagan Heat and Quest Kermodes of Squamish battled to a scoreless draw Sunday at Nonis Field.

It was a preview for their first-round game at the Pac West Provincial Women’s Soccer Championships and the UBC Okanagan Heat and Quest Kermodes of Squamish battled to a scoreless draw Sunday at Nonis Field.

“Today was a good chance to change our strategy a bit, push a little bit harder at times, and it worked for the most part,” noted Heat Player of the Game Kirsten Dodds (forward, 3rd year, Vernon).

“We were missing a couple of key players today and the players that stepped in did great, but I think it’ll be a different story when we are at full force (this weekend).”

The teams meet Saturday, noon, at Merle Logan Field in Nanaimo. The Langara Falcons of Vancouver and Thompson Rivers WolfPack of Kamloops meet in the other semifinal. The title game goes Sunday.

Neither team was without their chances. In the 11th minute, Dodds cracked a shot off a scramble in the Kermodes’ box, but Quest keeper Taylor Shantz (2nd year, Kamloops) made a fabulous save to keep the match scoreless.

In the second half, the Kermodes upped the pressure on the Heat, starting with an early goal scoring opportunity by midfielder Brianna Powrie (3rd year, Kamloops).