September 19, 2015 - 9:31 AM
LANGLEY, B.C. - Michelle Smith's goal in the 41st minute was nearly enough to upset the CIS No. 4 ranked Spartans, however Trinity Western's Alessandra Oliverio (Calgary) scored on a second-half penalty kick to rally the host Spartans to a (1-1) draw versus the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat Friday at Rogers Field.
Head coach of UBC Okanagan, Claire Paterson, was pleased with her team's effort and result in playing the Spartans, Sept. 18, a squad who have not lost more than once conference regular season match since 2011. Paterson stated simply that "It is a huge result to take point off this perennial power house."
After UBC Okanagan's Michelle Smith opened the scoring in the 41st minute, the second of the season fore the lone fifth year player on UBC Okanagan, the Spartans Oliverio evened the contest in the 52nd minute from the penalty spot.
Despite TWU firing off 14 shots in the second half alone and six on target, the Spartans were unable to complete the comeback and were held to a draw with the Heat for the first time since UBC Okanagan started competing in the CIS in 2014.
With her successful penalty, Oliverio is now five for five from the spot in her Canada West career.
Heat freshmen goalie Joella Koblischke, starting in her fifth consecutive conference match, made six saves to earn the draw, while TWU's Ally Williamson (Langley) stopped two of the three shots she faced.
The Spartans are now (1-1-1) on the season while UBC Okanagan have only lost once, won once and have played three times to a draw. The Heat's record is now (1-1-3). Since UBC Okanagan joined the CIS they have played to a draw in 37-percent of their matches (7-19).
The Spartans and Heat played a tight first half and it was Smith putting the defending conference champions on their heels when she found the back of the net. Madelyn Ellis earned an assist on the play.
After halftime, TWU returned to the pitch a much more determined lot and threw everything at the Heat net, but Oliverio was the only Spartan to beat Koblischke.
An 88th-minute shot on net from TWU's Krista Gommeringer (Calgary) was the Spartans last gasp, but Koblischke was once again there to stymie the attempt.
The Spartans will now host Thompson Rivers Saturday at Rogers Field at 5 p.m. The Heat will travel to play Fraser Valley Saturday at 5 p.m.
Game Notes: Last year, the Heat against TWU lost both of its games against allowing a combined 10 goals…the Spartans Brooklyn Tidder (White Rock, B.C.) was issued a yellow card in the 62nd minute.
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