KELOWNA, B.C. - The UBC Okanagan Heat men's soccer team was victorious on home turf Saturday afternoon, defeating the visiting Trinity Western Spartans by a final score of 1-0.
With the win the Heat move to 4-3-1 on the season. While the Spartans fall to 5-3-3.
Jeevin Kang, UBC Okanagan's third year midfielder, was the lone goal-scorer on Saturday afternoon. In the 70th minute he looked to put a cross in from about 40 yards out on the right side of the park, but the ball was affected by the rain and wind on the pitch and sailed off-course, straight past TWU goalie Sebastian Colyn (Langley, B.C.) to the top left corner of the goal.
Mitch McCaw, the Canada West Men's Second Star of the Week, recorded his third straight shutout for the win for UBC Okanagan. Sebastian Colyn, who was the Canada West Men's First Star of the Week and USPORTS Male Athlete of the Week last week, gave up his first goal in almost five and a half hours of play for the loss.
In a matchup between the First and Second Stars, the two keepers faced a combined eight shots on goal. McCaw faced four on target and turned four away, while Colyn stopped three and was beaten by Kang.
Through a scoreless first half play was even for the most part, with both teams having chances coming off of good lead passes and strong runs from the wings. Trinity Western nearly had a goal in the 36th minute, as midfielder Elie Gindo had an excellent finish to put the ball past Heat keeper Mitch McCaw, but the play was called offside.
Both sides were more aggressive in the offensive ends in the second half, taking more chances with lead passes that for the most part were either broken up by speedy defenders or called offside.
Just before Kang's goal UBCO's Corbin Beachemin just missed a cross as he sailed his header over the bar.
In the final 15 minutes of play, the Spartans were all-out on the attack, earning six or seven strong chances primarily on well-placed crosses and corner kicks. A pair of crosses sailed just over a number of Spartan heads in the final few minutes and a corner from Vito Poletto (Calgary) in the 90th minute was just missed by a pair of Spartan attackers looking to drive one home.
Despite that concentrated attack and the number of chances, there was no breakthrough for the Spartans attack, and the final whistle blew with the home side Heat still up a goal.
TWU Head Coach Mike Shearon
"In the end, we didn't take our chances. I thought we had good parts in the first half and had more than enough opportunities to the lead, but for whatever reason we didn't. That came back to bite us in the second half. Credit to their hard work defensively. We just couldn't put one away. We need to regroup and be ready to go for tomorrow's game against TRU."
The Spartans will play Sunday, as they head to Kamloops, B.C. to take on the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (4-2-4) at 12 p.m. PDT