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Extra-time goal saves T-wolves

The line score on the goal was Hall to Hall to Roy. Using first names, it was Jordan to Sydney to Sydney.
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UBC Okanagan's Michelle Smith, left, and UNBC's MacKenzie Ricard both jockey for the ball during a game Saturday at North Cariboo Men's Fields.

The line score on the goal was Hall to Hall to Roy.

Using first names, it was Jordan to Sydney to Sydney.

Either way you look at it, it was the lone goal in extra time by a group of veterans that gave UNBC's women a 1-1 draw against the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat Sunday morning in Canadian Interuniversity Sport Canada West soccer action.

It was the second match of a two-game homestand for the UNBC Timberwolves who, after a scoreless 0-0 draw Saturday, remain undefeated in the CIS West Pacific Division with a 0-0-2 record and two points.

It's the first time the T-wolves have gone undefeated on opening weekend in CIS play.

Sunday, the Heat struck first in the 19th minute of the opening half when Justine Drosdovech crossed the ball off a free kick to Haley Carlson who slipped the ball past UNBC's fourth-year goalkeeper Jordan Hall.

The score remained 1-0 even as the T-wolves created offensive chances but couldn't convert them into scores.

Then there was the goal.

With the Heat caught deep in UNBC's zone, goalkeeper Hall booted the ball up front to past the midfield line where her twin sister Sydney was, who then flicked it to teammate and forward Sydney Roy. Roy slotted the ball into the far right corner to give the T-wolves the tie.

"Jordan played the nicest drop kick I've ever seen," said Roy, a third-year environmental engineering student afterwards. "We did exactly what we were told. Sydney [Hall] slipped me a nice curved ball and for once it was perfect. We're always on the losing side who gets scored on in the last minute of the game and for once, we finally got that goal. We were looking for points and that was what we got."

In the end, UNBC earned the point, even thought the Heat outshot the Timberwolves 24-12.

"To come back like that is huge for the program," said UNBC head coach Andy Cameron. "We started to create chances the last five minutes of the game. On the goal we've rehearsed that kind of attack and it worked out perfectly, [especially] on the last minute of play which is nice."

On Saturday, Jordan Hall stopped all 23 shots she faced from the Heat and UNBC held on for the scoreless draw.

Up next for the Timberwolves is a trip to Vancouver for a pair of road matches against the UBC Thunderbirds Sept. 12-13.

The Thunderbirds lost both of their opening games on the weekend - a 1-0 shutout to the University of the Fraser Valley on Sunday after they were edged 2-1 by the University of Victoria Friday. They sit last in the Pacific Division at 0-2.

The Timberwolves know it will be a battle against UBC though, something they're ready for after opening weekend.

"We needed a confidence boost and now we know we can compete and we're ready for the challenge," said Roy.

Trinity Western and UVic sit atop the Pacific Division with identical records of 1-0-1 and three points, followed by UFV at 1-1 and two points and UBCO and UNBC at 0-0-2.