Morning Star Staff
Michelle Smith (third year, Vernon) opened the UBC Okanagan scoring for the second straight game Sunday as the Heat iced the visiting Capilano Blues 2-0 in PacWest women’s soccer at Nonis Sports Field.
After a huge save by Blues’ keeper Ariel Anderson in the 60th minute, a mad scramble formed and a frantic Anderson was helplessly bowled over in the chaos, leaving the net wide open for Smith. She put a light touch on the ball, and it sailed over the flattened Anderson for the Heat’s first goal.
Taylor Sarchet (fifth year, Surrey) provided the insurance goal in the 70th minute on a 20-yard blast that wrapped around the right post to put an exclamation mark on a match dominated by the Heat. The Heat’s relentless offensive attack led to fourteen shots on goal, while the Blues were only able to muster three.
“It was a really good game overall,” said Heat head coach Claire Paterson. “I thought the team played really well together and created tons of chances.”
Player of the Game, Lindsey Briggs was behind most of the Heat’s chances on the day. Numerous times she created great opportunities for her teammates, keeping the pressure on the Blues defense.
A penalty-kick proved to be the difference for the Heat in their season opener, as fifth-year senior and four-time all-star Jennifer Kidd (Richmond) buried the PK in a 2-1 victory Saturday over the visiting Vancouver Island Mariners.
After being hauled down in the box in the 70th minute, a composed Kidd sent the penalty kick just past the outstretched arms of Mariner keeper Shelby Walker.
After an anxious beginning to the first half for both teams, Smith opened the scoring on a header in the 37th minute. The Heat continued to pressure VIU in the second half, but a goal by Shelby Walker in the 67th minute cooled the Heat and tied the game.
The Heat face the Kwantlen Eagles (Saturday,) in Surrey and then battle the Douglas College Royals Sunday in Coquitlam.
In men’s play, freshman Enzo Paal of Vernon scored in the sixth minute as the Heat stopped Capilano 2-0 Sunday.
Heat keeper Logan Ellis (second year, Calgary) stole the show with two huge saves at crucial moments for the clean sheet.
After Paal’s goal, the game became a back-and-forth battle that resulted in numerous chances for both teams. Jagdeep Sangha (second year, Squamish) enjoyed a golden opportunity on the Heat doorstep but Ellis stoned him.
Logan recorded another huge save in the 75th minute off a free kick by Andre Pietramala (second year, Port Moody). Lucas Krivak (first year, Port Moody) sealed the win in the 85th minute off a great pass by Giovanni Carrida (first year, Coquitlam).
The Heat bowed 4-2 to the CCAA defending silver medalist Mariners in their rainy Saturday PacWest opener.
Dylan Abbott (third year, Salmon Arm) sent a sizzling free kick straight into the top right corner to even things up early on for the Heat.
Down 3-1 at the break, the Heat came back with a fire in the second half with Jorden Leib (third year, Bellingham) tipping one in off a corner kick.
“The guys responded well (to the physicality of the game),” said Heat head coach Dante Zanatta said of his squad. “They didn’t back down. I was very happy with how the team responded and gave as much as they took.”