KELOWNA, B.C. - A late-game goal wasn't enough for the Heat men's soccer to make a comeback, as they fell (2-1) against the Spartans at Nonis Sports Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Heat scored in the 82nd minute closing their deficit to one, although their late push wasn't enough to pull a draw.
With veteran players sidelined from injuries, Heat head coach Dante Zanatta was able to use his arsenal of younger players in the second half. Rookies, Mark Lawrance and Sam Bastow made their impact on the game. Lawrance got on the scoresheet with his second career goal and Bastow locked up the Spartan's attack in the second half.
However, it was the Spartans who scored first, as they were able to find the back of the net only 23 seconds into the game. Cody Fransen headed the ball to Joey Seo who headed it home to give the Spartans the early lead.
The Heat pushed back on the offensive side of the pitch as midfielder Jeevin Kang got loose in the 26th minute. All alone with time and space in the box he fired a shot which rose over the crossbar.
In the 39th minute, 6"4 Fransen used his size to shield the ball from the Heat defenders. He spun around and fired a shot, fooling Heat keeper Nicholas Reitsma putting the Spartans up two.
The Spartans carried the lead into the second half and the game turned into a defensive battle.
The Heat got a second wind when Hamish Walde was able to get a header towards the net off of a set piece. Spartan's keeper Sebastain Colyn equalled the effort to keep it out but the Heat were able to take momentum away from the sequence.
In the 82nd minute, a mad scramble got UBCO on the board. Wyatt Gilbert attacked hard off the left side and played a shot on net, the ball squeezed past Spartans' keeper Colyn and Lawrance beat a TWU defender to tap the ball in.
The Heat would continue to push in the last minutes of the game but to no prevail as they fall to (6-4-2).
With the win the Spartans improve to (6-4-0) on the year.
The Heat head into a tough weekend on the coast which starts off against UVIC at 7 p.m. on October 4.
TWU heads home to take on UNBC at 7:15 p.m. in Langley on Friday.
All action can be streamed live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information