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Jones leads UNBC women's soccer to second consecutive win to start season

Lady T-Wolves start the season 2-0-0
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Fifth year Julia Babicz also helped lead the Timberwolves over the UBCO Heat on Sept. 7. (via Jess Fedigan)

How can you not be entertained? 

The UNBC women's soccer squad has already shown two games into this season, they'll be a force to be reckoned with all year. 

After winning their season opener against the TRU WolfPack on Thursday (Sept. 5), 1-0 thanks to a Paige Payne goal, they were back at it again this afternoon (Sept. 7) at Masich Place Stadium against the UBC Okanagan Heat.

The Timberwolves struck first after Sophia Jones finished on a throw-in from Julia Babicz in the 14th minute to put UNBC up 1-0. 

Late in the second half saw two more goals. Jones would strike again with her second of the match assisted by Paige Payne and just minutes later, Fort St. John product Claire Turner would add a third goal for the Timberwolves. It was also her first university and Canada West goal. 

With the assist, Payne became the all-time points leader in UNBC women's soccer history with 18 points, passing Sidney Roy. 

“It’s crazy to have my name up there with some of the best Timberwolves I have ever seen,” Payne said postgame. “Sid Roy is an amazing player. I looked up to her, and it is special to be up there with her name. As a program, we are growing every day, and I hope to keep the points coming.”

There could've been a highlight-reel goal just minutes later when UNBC's Julia Babicz found herself alone with just the goalie to beat but was the wrong way. That didn't stop her with a cheeky back-heel that ended up in the net which sent the fans into a frenzy only for the goal to be disallowed due to being offside. 

That would be all she wrote with the women winding up with a 3-0 win and a 2-0-0 record. 

“Our team is learning to play together, which is awesome,” Jones said in a release after the match. “A lot of the first years have really stepped up and added to our team. That really makes a difference.”

UNBC ended the game with 13 shots while UBCO finished with eight. Shots on target also favoured the Timberwolves eight to five.

They've also yet to allow a goal against in their first two games of the 2018-19 season. 

The UBCO Heat meanwhile have yet to win a game, dropping to 0-2-0. 

Next up for the Timberwolves is the University of Saskatchewan next Saturday (Sept. 14) in Saskatchewan at 1 p.m. PST.




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Jess Fedigan graduated from BCIT’s broadcast and online journalism program in 2016. Her career (so far) has taken her to Fort St. John, Victoria and now Prince George.
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