HEAT WOMEN TIE GAMES AIDED BY WOLFPACK WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS

Courtney Daly scores for Heat against Peninsula Islanders (May 26, 2013 Allen Douglas)

The Kamloops Heat women’s soccer team held their own this weekend in Pacific Coast Soccer League Premier division play, and it was thanks to some strong efforts by members of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.

The Heat tied the defending league champion Fraser Valley Action 1-1 on Saturday (May 25) before playing the Victoria Peninsula Highlanders to a 1-1 draw on Sunday (May 26). Both matches were played at Hillside Stadium.

Courtney Daly looks down at the ball with Heat (May 26, 2013  Allen Douglas)

Courtney Daly (Allen Douglas photo)

Courtney Daly (Kamloops, BC) had both goals for the Heat. Daly will be going into her second year  with the WolfPack in September.

Kelsey Martin ISO with Heat (May 26, 2013 Allen Douglas)

Kelsey Martin (Allen Douglas photo)

Sunday’s match was the second time the two teams had played with Victoria beating Kamloops 4-1. With one minute left in the first half Kelsey Martin (Kamloops, BC)’s corner kick was headed down by fellow WolfPack player Bronwyn Crawford (Kamloops, BC).  A scramble resulting for that saw the ball popping out to Daly for the tying goal.

Bronwyn Craswford goes up for header with Heat (May 26, 2013 Allen Douglas)

Bronwyn Crawford (Allen Douglas photo)

“Before the weekend, I would have settled for two ties against these top teams,” said Heat coach Kelly Shantz, a former TRU WolfPack assistant coach. “ But the way we played, especially Sunday, a win could have easily come about. We are improving and showing we can be a force in this league.”

Marlie Rittinger directs ball vs Highlanders (May 26, 2013 Allen Douglas)

Marlie Rittinger is another WolfPack player on the Heat (Allen Douglas photo)

The Heat’s homestand continues next weekend (June 1-2). They take on the TSS Academy of North Vancouver Saturday (June 1) at 2 pm at Mac Island #2 before facing Coquitlam Metro Ford on Sunday (June 2) ata 1 pm.  That match will be played at Singh Bowl.