The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s soccer team used a pair of goals from Sofia Jones, as well as the first career tally for Claire Turner, to blank the UBC Okanagan Heat 3-0 on Saturday, September 7th in Prince George, B.C.
“Our team is learning to play together, which is awesome,” said Jones. “A lot of the first years have really stepped up and added to our team. That really makes a difference.”
“I thought we controlled the play, but they were pretty connected,” said UBCO’s Maya Bandy. “They had a good platform through the middle. They’re a good passing team and they have a strong centreback, so we had a tough time getting through there.”
In the 8th minute, with the Heat pushing up in search of the equalizer, the TWolves were able to get the insurance they were seeking. With many of his starters back in the game, Payne found Jones with a ball just over the head of a UBCO defender. Jones made no mistake beating Terrillon inside the post for her second of the match. It was a significant play for Payne, who passed Sidney Roy for first on the UNBC career points list.
Before the ink could dry, UNBC struck again. 5th year Julia Babicz used her speed wide, before setting up the freshman Turner in the box who one-touched it past a helpless Terrillon for the first goal of her Canada West career.
“We need to be quicker on the ball. They give us space but we didn’t move it fast,” said Bandy. “We need to stay connected. Use what they give us. Just try to control the game more.”
“Amazing. It’s great for team morale,” said Jones, postgame. “It says all the hard work we are putting in is actually working. I am really excited for the rest of this season. It’s going to be awesome.”