Vernon’s Enzo Paal scored twice as the UBC Okanagan Heat shaded the Langara Falcons 2-1 in exhibition college soccer Sunday in Vancouver.
The Heat, a new CIS entry for 2014, drew 1-1 with the PacWest Douglas College Royals Saturday.
Paal, a second-year forward, paced UBC Okanagan in 2013 with nine goals, as a freshman. His nine were also good enough for third overall in the PacWest.
Head coach and recently anointed National ‘A’ License coach Dante Zanatta liked what he saw on the team’s first road trip.
“I’m happy with the weekend,” said Zanatta. “The two training games worked well. It gave all players a chance to play and a chance for the coaches to see what they can do. We played strong defensively in both games.”
In the two games the only two goals given up by the Heat were off a set piece. Douglas scored on a free kick, while Langara, also a PacWest team, netted their marker off a corner.
As expected the team played better the more they logged minutes on the pitch together, Dante thought this was really reflected on offence.
“Overall the team played better on Sunday than on Saturday, especially offensively, where we scored two goals but could have easily notched a few more.”
The Heat’s coaching staff played 21 players over the weekend and utilized the scrimmage aspect of the games with liberal use of the free substitutions.
“We played all players this weekend and really managed the players load,” said Zanatta, who is very conscious to “not run the kids into the ground.”
Third-year defender Brandon McCallum (Yorkton, Sask.) put away a nifty header off a corner for the Heat goal versus the Royals.
The Heat head south of the border for games against Puget Sound on Sunday, Pacific Lutheran on Tuesday and Saint Martin’s (Lacey, Wash.) Wednesday.
The Canada West season will get underway for the Heat in Prince George for a pair of games against the UNBC Timberwolves on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 6-7).