June 14, 2015 - 4:35 PM
KELOWNA - For their second season in Canada West in soccer the UBC Okanagan Heat teams will have a decidedly different experience than in year one.
In Canada West there are more universities fielding women's soccer teams then men's soccer teams and beginning this season the women and men will play divergent schedules.
The men, coming off an extremely successful year one - a year in which they qualified for the post season, will play a very similar schedule to last season. Although there is no longer two divisions in Canada West soccer the Heat will play all of the squads that made up 2014's 'Pacific Division' in a home and away format with Prince George's UNBC being the lone exception.
Opening up with four straight home matches on the Nonis Sports Field, the Heat host Fraser Valley (Sat., Sep. 13), Trinity Western (Sun., Sep 13), and UNBC (Fri.-Sat., Sep 18-19) twice. UBC Okanagan played UNBC twice last season in Prince George but don't make a trip their this season, instead hosting the T'Wolves twice.
The first game on the road for the Heat will be Friday, Sept. 25 in Victoria. After playing the Vikes the Heat will ferry to Vancouver and play the Thunderbirds on the 26th.
The season closes hosting the Vikes and T'Birds in Kelowna on the 17-18 of October, if they qualify the playoffs begin on October 31 in a crossover with teams in the 'Prairie Division'. The always exciting and hotly contested home and away with Thompson Rivers will go down on October 9-10, Friday night in Kamloops at Hillside Stadium and Saturday night under the lights on the Nonis Turf.
The Heat women will need to keep their luggage packed because their schedule will have them travelling to all corners of western Canada in the first few weeks of September. They open up the season on September 4 in Winnipeg versus the Wesmen. They play the next day versus the crosstown Manitoba Bisons.
Just days after playing in Winnipeg the Heat travel to Prince George to matchup for a Friday night (Sept. 11) bout with the UNBC Timberwolves. Then cross the Rockies for a Sunday (Sept. 13) afternoon matchup against the Alberta Pandas in Edmonton.
After travelling those 5000 kilometres by plane the Heat will finish off their trip with a short 700 km (rountrip) bus ride to Langley and Chilliwack to face the Trinity Western Spartans (Fri., Sept. 18) and Fraser Valley Cascades (Sat., Sept. 19), the two CIS National championship representatives from Canada West last season.
They will host their first game on the Nonis Sports Field on the September 26-27 weekend when the Thunderbirds and the Vikes roll into Kelowna from UBC and the University of Victoria respectively.
The home and home interior battle with the WolfPack will conclude the road schedule for UBC Okanagan as the Saturday, October 10th game at TRU in Kamloops will follow the Friday night fight in Kelowna and begin a four game home stand for the Heat to close out the season.
The last four games will be against MacEwan, Mount Royal, UNBC and Alberta, played on the October 17-18 and October 24-25 weekends, respectively.
With 12 teams qualifying for the postseason the regional playoffs will begin for the women should they make top-12 on Halloween (October 31).
Men’s Final Four action will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the Prairie division and is set for November 7-8.. The Women's Canada West Select Six will be hosted by the highest remaining Prairie seed and will take place November 5-8.
The CIS soccer season will conclude on November 12-15. The Men's competition will be hosted by the York University in Toronto while Vancouver and the UBC Thunderbirds will entertain the women's squads.
For more info on schedules and up to date game times please visit www.goheat.ca.
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