UBC men rebound with 4-1 road win over UBCO

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer team returns home with a well-deserved split after two games on the road this weekend. Saturday night in Kelowna, Mike MosherThe team avenged an unlucky 2-0 loss Friday at Kamloops with a convincing 4-1 win over the UBC Okanagan Heat.

Boosting UBC’s offense was the senior forward Victory Shumbusho who scored a pair of goals, an assist and five team-leading shots. second year defender Nicolas Momotani added a goal and an assist as a first-year midfielder Asvin Chauhan erased a 1-0 Heat lead with his first career U SPORTS goal in the 32n/a minute of play. On the defensive end of the ball, the T-Birds were in order, limiting the Heat to just three total shots – including two on goal.

The home side started strong when Malachi Emerson struck quickly in the sixth minute for UBCO. Despite the early adversity, the T-Birds remained calm and Shumbusho responded with a pair of shot attempts in the space of eight minutes to give his team some momentum.

That momentum paid off in the form of an equalizer in the 32ndn/a minute when Asvin Chauhan tied things up for visitors. Shumbusho’s first point of the night came courtesy of an assist on Chauhan’s milestone.

He was far from finished.

In the 49e minute, Shumbusho worked his way into the 18-yard box and made only short work of a brilliant pass from the right side of Marcus Kaiser. Then in the 64e minute, Shumbusho capped off his three-point night with another goal that came close – This time on an assist from the defender Nicolas Momotani. For Victory Shumbusho it was his fifth career multi-goal game.

Momotani ended all hopes of a comeback bid from UBCO with his second career goal in 86e minute. mihai hodut drew the assist on the 4-1 marker.

The victory moves the Thunderbird men to a 1-1-0 record while the UBCO Heat are now 0-1-1.

The UBC Thunderbirds men’s team will now return home for a non-conference showdown with Langara on Friday, September 2n/a 3:00 p.m. The next Canada West conference tilt for the T-Birds is Friday, September 9e at home to Trinity Western University at 7:30 p.m.

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