WSOC: Pandas shutout Heat for fourth straight win

WSOC: Pandas shutout Heat for fourth straight win

Connor Hood, Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics

EDMONTON - The University of Alberta Pandas scored three times in the final 10 minutes of the first half, leading to a 3-0 home win over the UBC Okanagan Heat, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field. 

Sydney Daines, Aly Parth, and Morgan Corbett all found the net for the Pandas, who earned their third-straight clean sheet, and fourth-straight win to start the Canada West season. Rebecca Reif didn't need to make a single save to earn her third shutout of the season, as the Heat didn't muster a single shot attempt in the loss. 

In similar conditions to the previous afternoon in Edmonton, neither team was able to generate much offence early on in the wet and cold. The Pandas held on to possession for most of the first 30 minutes, but couldn't beat Heat starting keeper Emma Terrillon. 

All the offence they needed on Sunday came in a flurry, however, as Daines potted her second goal in as many games in the 36th minute. A brutal turnover from the Heat led to a wide open chance for the fifth-year Alberta striker, who slid a shot five-hole on Terrillon. 

Parth doubled the Pandas lead just four minutes later, cracking in a free kick from 24 yards out, which beat Terrillon in the bottom left corner of the net. Alberta finished their offensive explosion in added time of the first half, as Corbett headed in her third goal of the season off a corner kick from Brenna Mattiello. The assist was Mattiello's sixth point, the second most in Canada West through four conference games. 

Down three goals to start the second half, the lack of Heat offence continued, as they struggled gaining possession in the Alberta half. The Pandas had a couple more chances, including a Corbett rocket off the crossbar in the second half, but couldn't add to their lead. 

The loss for UBCO drops their 2018/19 record to 2-1-1, while the Pandas 4-0-0 record is tops in the Prairie Division of CW. UBC Okanagan will remain on the road next week, as they head to the coast to face UBC and Victoria. The Pandas will also leave Edmonton next weekend, as they visit the Saskatchewan Huskies and Regina Cougars.