Heat goalkeeper named 1st star
With two more shutouts this past weekend, UBC Okanagan goalkeeper Mitch McCaw has set a modern-day (2006-present) Canada West conference record with six consecutive clean sheets.
By not allowing a goal in 609 minutes, McCaw has kept the Heat in the middle of the playoff race in the Canada West’s Pacific Division, although UBCO was also not able to spin a goal in its two matches versus UNBC on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, McCaw recorded two saves against UNBC — a team that upended UBC the previous weekend.
On Sunday, with both squads pushing for that elusive goal, the fifth-year senior from Calgary was forced to make three saves but all three were solid chances for the Timberwolves that McCaw deftly turned aside.
With the help of his backline and McCaw controlling the box, the Heat established a pace of play for the match that didn’t allow UNBC to build any momentum.
McCaw used his entire 6-foot-2 frame to handle the corners and free kicks aimed his way.
With the increase in winning percentage, UBCO is now in second place in the division with a tough road trip on tap this weekend, with matches in Victoria tonight and in Vancouver against UBC on Saturday.
This is the third straight week that McCaw has been named a star of the week.
“Even though it is an individual award, it would not have been achievable without the whole defensive effort of the group, and I’m lucky enough to be recognized for their outstanding play,” McCaw said. “A prominent reason why we continue to perform is because of the collaborative effort of the group. It’s an absolute pleasure being able to play behind these skillful guys, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the process.”