Victoria, BC (ISN) – The W League Peninsula Co-Op Highlanders played well but fell short Friday night in a 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
The W League Peninsula Co-op Highlanders responded with a fantastic performance after their disapointing road trip to Denver last weekend. With crisp 2 touch football forming the basis of their game, the Lady Highlanders responded to a call from their coach to get back to basics.
Jackie Harrison hit the crossbar in the first 10 minutes of the game from over 40 yards out, and Liz Hansen hit the bar again 6 minutes later.
At the 26 minute mark, recent USA Olympic cut Keelin Winters headed home a corner to put the Sounders up 1 nil. The Sounders momentum took over for a spell of 10 minutes after the goal, but the Highlanders back line stood up to the challenge along with a number of very good saves by ‘keeper Steph Parker.
At the 45th minute winger Lindsay Hoetzel tore a great left footed shot at goal but it was saved by the diving Sounders ‘keeper. In the 2nd half the Victoria squad came out flying and took it to the Sounders. With Seattle playing their 2nd game in 2 nights the Co-op Women went for the tying goal and came close a number of times.
Great efforts by Sarrah Rhodes, Liz Hansen, Lindsay Hoetzel and Amelie Mercier came close to tying the game. Head Coach Dave Dew said, “we were so close a number of times. The response by our players after the trip to Denver was outstanding. What a difference a week of training can make when everyone buys in.”
Bronte Fitzsimmons made her debut for the club coming in as a sub for Janelle Smith in the 2nd half. Her quick feet and high energy made for some exciting moments in the game.
Next up is this Sunday with a re-match against the Colorado Rapids, at 2:00 PM at RAP.