Abbotsford, B.C. – The first twelve minutes in Abbotsford at the MRC Sports Complex went decidedly in the home team's favour as the visiting UBC Okanagan men's soccer team fell to the UFV Cascades (5-1) on Friday night.
A goal in the sixth minute, 10th minute, and 11th minute, two by Gurmaan Jhaj and one by Brady Weir shell shocked the travelling Heat as they trailed (3-0) with the match not even a sixth of the way in.
The offense for the Cascades continued to click as Jun Won Choi added a fourth goal in the 26th minute to extend the lead.
Looking to make a statement before half, in injury time, Luke Warkentin headed his fourth of the year in to have things looking better for UBC Okanagan.
Before injury time ended however, the Cascades forced a turnover and Brady Weir, for the second time on the night, found the back of the net and end the scoring on the night.
In the table:
The hosts improved to 5-2-1 with the win, good for second place in the Pacific Division. Seventh-place UBCO fell to 2-5-4. These teams split their season series; the Heat had knocked off the Cascades 1-0 in Kelowna back on Aug. 28 – one of just two losses for the UFV side to date.
The Cascades Brady Weir created the first goal, making a dangerous foray into the box and drawing a foul. Jhaj stepped to the spot and hammered a rising shot into the left side of the net to give his team the lead in the seventh minute.
Four minutes later, Jhaj was at it again – he took a feed from Weir, ventured into the box and launched a rocket that found the top corner inside the far post.
Weir got a goal of his own in the 12th minute. Choi crossed the ball over to Weir, and he took a touch before blasting home a similarly stunning strike.
The Cascades had to wait a relative eternity for their next goal – Choi did the honours in the 27th minute. Off Anthony Vega's corner, Sahib Sidhu's initial effort was stopped, but the ball deflected directly to Choi and he volleyed it home.
Luke Warkentin got the Heat on the board in first-half injury time, heading in a cross from Christian Taylor, but the Cascades answered right back. Weir notched his second of the night, volleying home Andrew Peat's cross.
For UBCO's Warkentin his goal tonight was his fourth goal of the season, equalling a career season high set in 2015, his freshmen season. Only in his third year - he took last season off - he has now amassed 10 carer goals for the Heat, only the seventh student athlete in men's soccer to compile double digital goals in the institutions history.
First look in net:
First year keeper, Mircea Gavrila, got his first taste of action in goal for UBCO entering the match at the 30th minute.
The Cascades are back in action on Saturday evening, hosting the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (6:30 p.m., MRC Sports Complex). The Heat, meanwhile, visit the Trinity Western Spartans (7:15 p.m.).
Coach Dante Zanatta's thoughts post game:
"We couldn't defend. Had a good week of training ands a good chat before the game and [the coaching staff] thought before the game we'd be ok but you know…it wasn't."
"Credit to UFV they finished extremely well. Those were cracker shots but there is no rhyme nor reason those opportunities should be had like that."
~ With notes from Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics