FIRST STAR, Mitch McCaw, Soccer

FIRST STAR, Mitch McCaw, Soccer

Men’s first star – Mitch McCaw

UBCO Heat soccer

Goalkeeper

5th-year

Calgary, Alta.

Management

October 10, 2017

Game log: Saturday, Oct. 7 – two-save shutout in 0-0 D vs. UNBC / Sunday, Oct. 8 – three-save shutout in 0-0 D vs. UNBC.

With two more shutouts this past weekend UBC Okanagan goal keeper Mitch McCaw has set a modern day (2006-present) in-season Canada West conference record with six consecutive clean sheets.

609 minutes without allowing a goal for the Heat keeper has kept his team in the middle of the playoff race in the Canada West’s Pacific Division although UBCO was also not able to spin a goal in their two matches versus UNBC this past Saturday Sunday.

The pressure mounted on McCaw as the minutes ticked by and the matches remained scoreless. On Saturday, he recorded two saves against UNBC – a team that just the previous weekend upended UBC. On Sunday with both squads pushing to find that elusive goal, the fifth-year senior was forced into more action and forced to make only three saves but all three were solid chances for that Timberwolves that McCaw deftly turned aside. 

With the help of his backline and McCaw controlling the box, the Heat established a pace of play for the match that didn’t allow UNBC to build any momentum. McCaw used his entire 6-foot two frame to handle the corners and free kicks aimed his way. 

With the increase in winning percentage, UBC Okanagan now find themselves in second-place in the divisional with a tough road trip this weekend with matches in Victoria on Friday night and in Vancouver at UBC on Saturday.

Second Star
October 3, 2017

Game log: Saturday, Sept. 30 – four-save shutout in 1-0 W vs. Trinity Western / one-save shutout in 3-0 W vs. Fraser Valley. 

A tough weekend matchup against fellow Pacific Division rivals Trinity Western and UFV – whom the Heat lost to earlier this season – turned into two victories behind the play of fifth-year keeper Mitch McCaw, who recorded his third and fourth straight shutouts to extend UBC Okanagan’s unbeaten streak to five. 

On Saturday against the Spartans, themselves off an impressive weekend where they shutout the defending national champion Alberta Golden Bears, both keepers were brilliant. McCaw, however, was just a little bit better, outlasting TWU to win 1-0. Four key saves were made by McCaw to finish the Spartans. 

The only save McCaw made in the Sunday shutout was a beauty, as he got his hands up in time to deflect a rocket over the crossbar early in the match against UFV. The corner cross was then hauled in by McCaw to end the threat. The entire match the management student controlled the pace by commanding his box and controlling the action in his end. 

With the wins, UBC Okanagan now find themselves in second-place in the division with UNBC coming to town for two straight matches this Saturday-Sunday.

Second Star
September 27, 2017

Game log: Saturday, Sept. 23 – seven-save shutout in 2-0 W @ Calgary / Sunday, Sept. 24 – five-save shutout in 0-0 D @ Mount Royal.

Looking for points to keep pace in the Pacific Division playoff race, UBC Okanagan Heat goalkeeper Mitch McCaw did not allow over the weekend to lead the Heat to a win and a draw over the team’s two-day road swing through Calgary.

McCaw, a Canada West All-Star last season, made 12 saves total, seven against Calgary in UBCO’s 2-0 win over Calgary and five in the scoreless draw at Mount Royal.

The game on Sunday left no margin of error for the UBCO keeper with MRU maintaining the majority of the possession, while the Heat offence only forced McCaw’s counterpart to make a single save.

In the Saturday match, the Heat were up just a single goal with Calgary spending a good portion of the match looking for the equalizer and peppering McCaw with shots. It wasn’t until the 88th minute that UBCO netted an insurance marker and McCaw could rest easy.

With the four-point weekend, UBC Okanagan returns home to play two important divisional foes in the Trinity Western Spartans and the UFV Cascades this Saturday and Sunday.