Photo from goheat.prestosports.com
Photo from goheat.prestosports.com

The UBCO Heat men’s soccer team was off to a hot start at the beginning of the season, but like all good things, they must eventually end. Heading into the midseason with a 6-1-1 record, the Heat held first place in the Pacific West for a short time and the season looked like a playoff berth was certain. But, as we have come to know, it was all smoke and mirrors as the Heat fell into a midseason slump, collecting no additional wins, and ending with 6-6-4.

The Heat did have four close games that they managed to tie and take away some points, but in this unforgiving 16-game regular season, it wasn’t going to cut it for a postseason berth. The first place UBC Thunderbirds went 10-2-3 and collected the Pacific West title with a convincing point lead. The UBCO Heat weren’t so fortunate and ended their season with 22 points for fifth place—just one point behind Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

The Heat’s fifth-place finish made them short just one point of a postseason berth. TRU played Mount Royal University (MRU) on October 26 as the fourth seed of the West against the top seed of the Prairie Division. MRU won 2-1 and moved on to play the UBC Thunderbirds who beat the University of Alberta (UOA) Golden Bears on October 25 by a score of 1-0. The Western champion is yet to be crowned with the battle for the best in the West happening on November 2-3.

The U-Sports national tournament is set for November 7-10 and will crown the Canadian University Champion. It’s disappointing the Heat only missed the playoffs by one point, especially given their electrifying start to the first half of the season. On the bright side, the 2019 Heat easily outdid their predecessors from 2018 that went 2-9-5 for the season. To stay up to date on the U-Sports scores, check https://usports.ca/en/sports/soccer/m for more info.