The Heat plays against UBC Thunderbirds and hosts ceremony for graduating players.

Photo by Cary Mellon.
Photo by Cary Mellon.

This week in the homecoming weekend, the UBC Heat department and coaches prepared an opening ceremony for their graduating players, Bret Depner and Shaun Pilcher.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, many students and fans came to watch the soccer rivalry match between the UBC Thunderbrids and the UBCO Heat on Homecoming weekend. Although the final result would not matter for group standings in Canada West since the Heat Men’s Soccer was excluded from playoff runs after the loss against UNBC last weekend, both teams put on an intense soccer match in front of numerous passionate fans on Nonis Sports Field.

UBC Thunderbirds is currently standing in the first place of Pacific division (13-1-2). Out of all 16 games in regular season, they have scored 43 goals, which are nine goals ahead of Trinity Western, who stand in second place.

Confronting the powerhouse of The Pacific Division, the Heat Men’s Soccer put out their best defensive performance locking down the aggressive offence from the Thunderbirds. Despite the loss at the 90th minute, the Heat Men’s Soccer gave their all, with the Thunderbirds scoring once in each the first and second half.

Nicholas Reitsma, the starting goalie for the Heat, demonstrated solid defences by saving eight shots out of 10 shots on goal.

“Playing against UBC is always extremely difficult. I thought we played well and created quite a few chances as the game played out and really it came down to they finished their chances and we didn't finish ours,” commented Hamish Campbell Wilde, one of the starting defenders for the Heat Men’s Soccer

Despite another loss during the homecoming weekend against Victoria Vikes the following day (2-0), prior to the match, the Heat Department and coaches prepared an opening ceremony for their graduating players, Bret Depner, one of the starting defenders, and Shaun Pilcher, captain of men’s soccer team.

Both Pilcher and Depner have been the core defending players for the Heat for a very long time. Depner, a fourth year soon-to-graduate engineering student, has played 53 games for the Heat in his four seasons. Pilcher, a fifth-year captain, has played 56 career matches with all of them being starts.

Both Depner and Picher were parts of the rock-hard backline that set up a Canada West record of 685 consecutive scoreless minutes last season.

“As for Brett and Shaun it has always been a pleasure playing with them, and I'll remember the seasons we've had together for the rest of my life. It is sad to see them go, but they will forever be legends to those who have had the opportunity to play with them,” said Wilde.