KELOWNA, B.C.- Spencer Young broke the deadlocked game open with his second-half goal as the UBC Okanagan Heat neutralized the Golden Bears for their second (1-0) win over the weekend.
Under the lights on Saturday night, the UBCO men's soccer team welcomed Alberta to town as the two streaking teams converged for a match at Nonis Sports Field.
The visiting Golden Bears came into tonight's game on a four-match winless streak while the Heat had a four-match unbeaten streak on the line. On Saturday night, in a physical matchup, the Heat would come out victorious playing their classic stingy defense, possession-heavy offense, taking down the University of Alberta.
The first half was dominated by physical and conservative play, with few chances given.
Although the Heat had a glorious chance late in the first half. Pierson Stanley, fresh off recording his first career goal, got loose and had a shot from just outside the six-yard box but sailed it just high.
For much of the second half of the game, it looked destined to be a scoreless affair, but an Alberta foul would allow UBCO to take the momentum and run with it.
In the 57th minute, the Golden Bears fouled in the box and Heat goal leader, Sam McDonald, stepped up to the line. His shot went left and Alberta keeper Liam Collens guessed right, but the shot rang off the post to keep the game square.
Just minutes later, the Heat got their redemption off of another set-piece. This time, that same left post would come to benefit UBCO.
Young took a free kick from well outside the box. His shot would tip off of Collens' fingertips, then the post, and just narrowly cross the line giving the Heat the lead in the 60th minute.
With the lead in hand, UBCO was able to hold off the Golden Bears and secure their second win of the weekend.
Heat keeper Nicholas Reitsma recorded his second clean sheet of the weekend and his fourth of the year. He now leads the Canada West conference in wins with six.
With the win, the Pacific Division-leading Heat improve to (6-1-1) on the year and take their five-game unbeaten streak into Calgary for their next match. They take on the Dinos at 1:15 p.m. PDT on Saturday (Sept. 21).
Alberta falls to (1-4-1) and will make their way home to welcome the UNBC Timberwolves to town. Their match takes place at 2:15 p.m. CT on Saturday (Sept. 21).