Heat strike late against Horns

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS - Dale Woodard LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD

The stop­page time heart­break re­turned to haunt the Univer­sity of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s soc­cer team.

How­ever, this time the Horns didn’t come away empty-handed fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw with the UBCO Heat dur­ing Canada West play Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Univer­sity of Lethbridge Sta­dium.

But the team’s first win was tan­tiliz­ingly close as the Pronghorns pro­tected a 1-0 lead well into stop­page time be­fore the Heat were awarded a free kick in the fi­nal sec­onds that they didn’t miss to es­cape with the tie.

With the draw, the Horns are 0-4-1 as the Trin­ity Western Spar­tans pay a visit to the U of L Sta­dium to­day at 2:15 p.m.

“For 75 min­utes I thought we were great and then we sat back and kept sit­ting back de­spite be­ing told to push up,” said Pronghorns head coach Randy Bar­dock. “We don’t want to get beat over the top, but then we’re al­low­ing a team to get three-quar­ters of the field and you can’t do that at this level.”

Af­ter a score­less first half, the Horns struck first early in the sec­ond half in the 53rd minute when Stephen Primeau’s cor­ner kick was de­flected off El­lis Davies and past Heat goal­tender Ni­cholas Reitsma. It was Davies’ first goal of the season.

The Heat pushed back and nearly knot­ted things up, but Hamish Walde’s header sailed just wide.

Primeau and Kyle An­ger­illi had free kicks af­ter­wards, but could not find a way past Reitsma to pad the lead.

With the Pronghorns close to their first win of the season, the Heat were awarded a penalty kick and Walde made no mis­take in drain­ing the equal­izer.

“I thought to­day we did a lot of silly fouls that gave them some op­por­tu­ni­ties in life that they re­ally didn’t de­serve,” said Bar­dock. “We have to be smarter in that re­gard."

An­ger­illi had two shots on goal for the Pronghorns and three shot at­tempts.

Davies, Primeau and Alas­dair Coyle each added one shot on goal each as the Pronghorns out­shot the Heat 6-2.

In women’s ac­tion Satur­day, the Pronghorns were edged 1-0 by the Vic­to­ria Vikes in Vic­to­ria to fall to 0-4 this season.

Vic­to­ria scored in the 13th minute for all the scor­ing they would need to post the win as the Vikes out­shot the Horns 9-7.

Lind­say Amatto and Grace Tay­lor each had two shots on goal.

Pronghorns goal­tender Hanna Quinn made eight saves.

The women’s Horns re­main on the road next week­end when they face the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba Bisons and the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg Wes­men Satur­day and Sun­day, re­spec­tively, in Win­nipeg.

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Her­ald photo by Cam Yoos

Univer­sity of Lethbridge Pronghorns Jaden Veluw races for the ball against UBC Thun­der­birds goal­tender Ni­cholas Reitsma and Bret Dep­ner dur­ing Canada West play Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Univer­sity of Lethbridge Sta­dium.

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