Jones jumpstarts UBCO victory

The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team debuted their CIS West campaign with a 2-0 freezing of the UNBC Timberwolves.

The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s soccer team debuted their CIS West campaign with a 2-0 freezing of the UNBC Timberwolves Saturday in Prince George.

Vernon’s Austin Jones tipped a throw in over to Jordan Leib for his second goal.

The Timberwolves avenged their opening loss with a 2-1 win over the Heat Sunday at the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League Fields.

The fifth-year forward Jones scored the Heat’s lone goal unassisted in the 55th minute.

The Heat hold their home opener Friday night  (7 p.m.) against the Fraser Valley Cascades at the Nonis Sports Field. They will host Trinity Western Saturday night.

The UBCO women’s team battled to a scoreless draw in their CIS debut with the T-wolves at the North Caribou Fields in Prince George.

Vernon’s Kirsten Dodds was Heat Player of the Game as she fired off four shots on net.

An injury-time goal prevented the Heat from leaving Prince George with a win. Instead, they had to settle with another draw after tying UNBC 1-1 Saturday afternoon.

“It was [a] heart breaking result; the team played so well today [and] we deserved better,” said Heat coach Claire Paterson.

Dodds blasted another six shots on net and fellow Vernon product Michelle Smith looked to ice the game in the 87th minute when she made a spectacular play and intercepted a ball at midfield. Smith hit a gap in the defensive line and fired a shot  off the crossbar.

The Heat host the Fraser Valley Cascades Friday night and Trinity Western Spartans Saturday night. Both games go at 5 p.m. at the Nonis Sports Field.