VANCOUVER – Danielle Steer A scorching scoring rhythm continued on Saturday night, scoring two more goals and adding an assist to propel the Thunderbirds past the UBC Okanagan Heat 4-0 under rainy skies at T-Bird Stadium.
One night after recording her first career hat trick from Canada West, Steer quickly picked up where she left off adding her fourth and fifth weekend scorers to help the T-Birds (8-0 -0) to go undefeated in the Canada West season while the Heat fell to 0-5-3.
“I think we did a great job building our most complete game of the season last night,” said the UBC head coach. Jesse symons. “Especially in the first half before a lot of changes in the second half but the players did a good job coming in and really settling the game around the 60 minute mark and the last 30 minutes were quite comfortable. for us.”
Steer opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a one-time goal from the 12-yard corner, converting on a nice pass from Sophie ferreira who capitalized on a quick counter after intercepting a clearance attempt by UBCO goalie Molly Race.
The Heat would respond with a few promising forays into the UBC ending culminating in the 26e minute after logging in on a few precise stretch passes setting up midfielder Erica Lampert with a unique sizzling shot from 25 yards as the Birds goalkeeper diving Sarah johns managed to get around his right post very well.
UBC then added to their lead six minutes apart as the game hit the 40-minute mark, starting with a dangerous Sophie Damien shot in the mouth of the goal which touched the inside of the right post and bounced back on Steer to touch him in the 34th minute. fifth in a row and 12th of the season, which puts the fourth-year forward tied for first for most scorers this season to date alongside Calgary’s Montana Leonard.
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“Danny is just looking for ways to score, she wants to score and she scores,” Symons added. We’re going to keep her going, she’s been in a big headspace all year and she’s also created one tonight, which is fantastic to see so overall another good performance from her tonight. “
The 40e minute would see Steer coral the ball into heat territory, create space for herself and find Vanessa Tome in a dangerous zone, she turned and placed a low shot in the left corner and a 3-0 lead.
After a second-half round trip, the T-Birds struck one last time in the 89e minute of a left kick from Sophie Damien at the back post. Sabrina anderson connected with a head towards the goal where Jade taylor ryan lit a bouncing ball and sent it to the back of the net to go up 4-0.
The ‘Birds who have conceded just one goal against this season continued their stingy ways by securing a second straight shutout as the Heat tested the third-year goaltender. Sarah johns with three shots on target.
“Our defensive unit has been so good,” Symons continued. “We literally start from the front to the back and I thought tonight Sarah johns entering was very regular and a keeper for the future here. It just shows what quality we have in this position but all credit to Sarah, she held everything, little center here and there, she managed well and distributed, she is a high level goalkeeper. “
The T-Birds will prepare for their final set at home next weekend, with an important clash welcoming the Pacific Division leading the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday and Saturday (October 15th).e and 16e with kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on both nights at Thunderbird Stadium. Meanwhile, the Heat return home to host the UVic for a pair of late morning starts next Friday and Saturday, both with kickoffs at 11:00 a.m.