October 16, 2016 - 11:05 AM
KELOWNA - A quick goal in the 46th minute of play edged the UFV to (1-0) over the UBC Okanagan men's soccer team on Saturday afternoon at Nonis Sports field.
James Najman of the UFV Cascades headed the ball just out of reach of Mitch McCaw's to sneak a quick goal in the first 20 seconds of play in the second half.
The Heat were unable to regroup and settle after the quick Cascade attack, remaining scoreless throughout the game. The UFV Cascades out-shot the Heat 14 to 5, with eight on net compared to the Heat's two.
McCaw made several impressive saves to prevent a multitude of attempts from UFV, who came out offensively strong in the latter 45 minutes of play.
The Cascades' Connor MacMillan had a one vs. one chance against McCaw 75th minute of play, but was unable to sneak the ball past McCaw who deflected it away from any scoring chances.
UBC Okanagan nearly clenched a goal in the last minutes of the first half, as a deflection of Spencer Young sailed from past the half line into the 18-yard box, making the UFV goalie leap and back track to stop the ball from going into the net.
As a final push in the dying minutes of the game, the Heat's rookie, Corbin Beauchemin, was set up in the 18-yard box; however, was unable to put any shots on net.
Several close calls came for Daniel Davidson –the second leading goal scorer on the UFV Cascades. After sailing the ball just wide on the net from within the 18-yard box, he headed the ball from a cross and nearly kissed the cross bar in the first half of play. 20 minutes into the second half, Davidson rang the ball of the side post from the top of the 18-yard box.
The Heat's record moves to (4-7-2) who remain in fifth spot in the Pacific Division with the win UFV remains tied in third place with Thompson Rivers University, and their record climbs to (6-6-1). The Heat remain at home to host the No. 6 Trinity Western University Spartans on Sunday, October 16th at Nonis Sports Field. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
HEAT NOTES: Sunday will be the final home game for UBC Okanagan in the 2016 season and although they are a very young squad with no fifth year players they will lose one player to graduation. Fourth year keeper Tait (Christopher) Cuthill will graduate with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics this June.
- Rachel Parker, UBC Okanagan Heat
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