Kalamalka Laker grad Kirsten Dodds supplied the opening goal as the UBC Okanagan Heat bounced the Douglas College Royals 3-0 in PacWest women’s soccer action Sunday at Nonis Sports Field in Kelowna.
It was a bounce-back effort for the Heat, who lost 2-0 to the Kwantlen Eagles in their season opener a day earlier.
“We played stronger today,” said Heat coach Claire Paterson, of the win. “We played to our strengths a bit more. We moved the ball around to feet, which helped us be successful.”
Dodds, a second-year forward, scored in the 31st minute off of a scramble in front of the Royals’ net, nicking the ball past the keeper.
In the second half, Lana Finley (2nd year, Forward, Kelowna) made it 2-0 off of a beautiful cross from Dodds. Taylor Candelario (Forward, Honolulu) completed the scoring.
Vernon’s Michelle Smith, a VSS grad, is a second-year midfielder with the Heat.
In men’s soccer action, Vernon’s Austin Jones scored once for the Heat in a 4-2 loss to the Royals Sunday.
Jones, a Fulton grad, converted in the 15th minute, while Jorden Lieb capped UBC’s offence in the 38th.
The Heat led 2-1 after 45 minutes, but could not capitalize on a two-man advantage, surrendering three second-half goals.
In spite of the result, Heat head coach Dante Zanatta had positive reflections on Sunday’s game.
“We played some very nice football,” said Zanatta. “We took on one of the best teams in the league without really any stress. It was very encouraging.”
Sahil Sadhu, a second-year striker from Douglas, wreaked havoc on the Heat defence all afternoon, tallying three goals. Steven Fronzo, a first-year midfielder, scored the fourth Royal goal with just 10 minutes remaining.
“It’s not a bad time to have this learning experience,” added Zanatta. “It’s better now than late in the season. You never want to drop points at home, but if we can take this lesson and learn from it, then it’s OK.”
Andrew Pinguelo scored for the Heat in a 1-1 draw with Kwantlen Saturday in Kelowna.
The UBC Okanagan men’s squad features netminder Jeremy Kler, a Seaton grad.
Both the Heat’s men’s and women’s teams visit the Langara Falcons Saturday at BCIT, and the Quest Kermodes Sunday in Squamish.