Michelle Smith of the UBC Okanagan Heat knocks down a ball in front of a Vancouver Island Mariners player in PacWest women’s soccer action Sunday in Kelowna.

Smith opens Heat offence

The UBC Heat got one goal from Vernon’s Michelle Smith in a 3-1 PacWest women’s college soccer victory over the Vancouver Island Mariners of Nanaimo Sunday at Nonis Field in Kelowna.

The UBC Heat got one goal from Vernon’s Michelle Smith in a 3-1 PacWest women’s college soccer victory over the Vancouver Island Mariners of Nanaimo Sunday at Nonis Field in Kelowna.

The Heat (4-1-1) came out strong with a goal in the first minute by midfielder Smith who finished her chance after a scramble in front of the net.

Fourth-year keeper Sabrina Gasparac (Langley) held the Mariners back with strong support from defender Haley Carlson (Red Deer).

The Heat scored again early in the second half off a penalty kick by midfielder Taylor Sarchet (Surrey). The PK was awarded when Emily Braun (Calgary) was taken down inside the box.

Rookie forward Lana Finley (West Kelowna) netted the Heat’s final goal late in the second half.

“I think we had a really good second half; the first half was kind of slow but we made some changes and they paid off,” said Finley.

The Heat used a goal from Sarchet in the 10th minute for a 1-0 win over the Capilano Blues of North Vancouer Saturday.

Said Heat head coach Claire Paterson: “They all played together and realized when they were not playing as they should be, and brought themselves up to bring two good wins.”

Next action for the Heat is Saturday (1 p.m.) as they host the University of Northern B.C. Timberwolves at Nonis Sports Field.

In men’s play, the Heat lost 1-0 to the Mariners and drew 1-1 with the Blues (goal by Sean Causier). The Heat are 2-2.

In preseason CIS Canada West men’s volleyball action, the Heat lost a pair of weekend matches to the Trinity Western University Spartans of Langley.

Trinity stopped the Heat 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 31-29) in the opening series at Surrey Christian School gym, and then outlasted the Heat 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9) Saturday.

The Heat, coached by Greg Poitras, made some adjustments which helped them Saturday.

“Greg Neimantsverdriet (Vernon) has an injured shoulder so we had him play libero,” said Poitras. “For three sets he passed and dug everything. He also brought a presence and level of intensity that helped our guys on the floor big time.”

The Heat, who also have Vernon’s Preston Tucker – last year’s MVP – on their roster, are at the University of Regina this weekend where they will play new faces in the host Rams, Brandon Bobcats, the University of Manitoba Bisons, Mt. Royal University Cougars of Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies of Saskatoon.

In preseason CIS women’s basketball, the Heat played its first batch of games and learned a lot about the level of competition they will face at a higher level.

The Heat lost 62-56 to Trinity Western at the Langley Event Centre, bowed 71-36 to the University of Fraser Valley Cascades and then played a friendy scrimmage against the UBC Thunderbirds of Vancouver in Penticton.

“We need to continue to train hard and improve,” said Heat coach Heather Semeniuk. “These teams are deep, athletic, talented and big. We can’t afford mental lapses from physical fatigue, we have to have the strength and conditioning to allow muscle memory to perform.”

Freshman Emily Kanester (Vernon) and sophomore Angela White (North Van) led UBC against the Spartans with 15 and 10 points respectively.

Against Fraser Valley, guards Madison Kaneda (fourth year, Vernon) and Kanester were the only Heat players to score consistently. Kaneda dropped 11 points and Kanester had eight.

 

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