Sam McDonald has only been healthy enough to play in four of the six Heat matches this season.
In all four of those matches, however, the Heat’s central defender has been able to find the net. His timely goals are a large reason why UBCO currently sits atop Canada West’s Pacific Division table.
For his efforts, he was named Canada West’s second star of the week, Tuesday.
On the road last weekend, McDonald was the entire offence for UBC Okanagan, scoring both Heat goals as UBCO earned four points in the standings.
On Friday night, it was McDonald’s early goal that gave the Heat the lead.
Unfortunately for UBCO, Fraser Valley was able to notch a late equalizer in the 1-1 draw.
Against Trinity Western on Saturday night, McDonald’s goal in the second half held up for the Heat and they earned a 1-0 victory over the Spartans.
Rori Enno was the first star of the week after he scored twice as the Mount Royal Cougars won twice on the road.
Sahib Sidhu, the third star, scored late to help UFV salvage the tie with UBCO. He was also an important defensive factor in a 1-1 draw with Thompson Rivers from Kamloops.
UBCO athletics is now preparing for their busiest weekend of the early season.
— The 4-1-1 Heat men’s soccer team returns home this weekend to play teams from outside their division for the first time this season, as the MacEwan Griffins (1-2-1) and Alberta Golden Bears (1-2-1) are in Kelowna on Friday and Saturday, respectively, for a pair of matches, both with 7:30 p.m. start times.
The 0-2 Heat women’s soccer team are also at home — for the first time this campaign — to play doubleheaders with the men’s team at Nonis field against Alberta (1-0-1) and MacEwan (1-0-1).
The women start at 5:30 p.m. both nights, and the men kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
— The Heat softball team hosts its second tournament of the season this weekend at High Noon Park.
— Both the men’s and women’s golf teams hit the road this weekend for their first taste of action.
— The men’s rugby club does a day trip to Vancouver to play the UBC Totems on Saturday.
— Men’s and women’s basketball hosts Charity Classic games against the Okanagan College Coyotes on Sunday, 5 p.m., at KSS.
Admission is by donation.
UBCO is calling it a “celebration of basketball in the community and the 20-year anniversary of the KMBA (Kelowna Minor Basketball Association).
The women play the first half and the men play the second half to close out the charity game.