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Victoria BC (ISN) – The various Highalnder Soccer Clubs were busy this past weekend. Here is a quick review of the various games that were played.

Mens Team

The Men’s squad played back to back matches on the road against Fraser Valley and  came away with 4-0 and 2-0 wins over the Mariners.

Ian Bridge recaps the games this weekend which put the Victoria Highlanders back in the running for a playoff spot.  “The longer this game went on, the more I felt we would not score. We attacked well but the final pass or shot lacked precision or venom, and Fraser Valley grew in confidence.”

“We had a similar game here last year – one in which we dominated but came away with draw. The guys had a bit of “deja vu” on their minds I’m sure, as the 2nd half unfolded and we failed to get the breakthrough goal.”

The six points from this weekend puts the Highlanders in the hunt for a playoff spot.

They are next in action at home Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Men Reserves

The Highlanders Reserves came back from a first half deficit only to see a 2-1 lead disappear in the late stages of the match vs a motivated Okanagan Challenge side. The Challenge scored in the 28th minute before midfielders Dave Adams and Sam Prette scored for the Highlanders in the 35th and 74th minute of play. The Highlanders were unable to hold on for the win as the Challenge equalized in the 85th minute to award both teams a single point in the standings.

The Okanagan Challenge enter the PCSL 2012 campaign with a new affiliation with the Men’s Soccer program at UBC – Okanagan. The Challenge are coached by former Victorian, and current UBC-O coach Dante Zanatta and the squad is heavily infused with players from that program.

With the Highlanders PDL men in action at the same time Saturday evening the Reserves fielded a young line up with only veterans Dave Adams in midfield and Dominic Butcher adding experience in the goal. Uvic first year players Connor Boag and Kurt Macaulay featured in the starting 11 while the remaining roster consisted of youth players from the Highlanders Prospects program.

On Sunday, the Highlanders Reserves fell 4-1 to POCO City FC Sunday at Hampton Park despite being a fairly equal contest throughout the match. Poco scored on a penalty on the stroke of halftime before Gareth Langdon equalized in the 53rd minute heading home from a Bryan Taylor free kick. POCO would find the lead in the 63rd minute then kill off the game on counter attacks in the 85th and 90th minute as the Highlanders pushed for a late equalizer.

Peninsula Co-Op Reserves

Bronte Fitzsimmons scored twicw for the Peninsula Co-Op Highlander Reserves in a 2-2 draw with Abbotsford.  Sam Behm and Shannon Elder assisted Fitzsimmons on two very nice goals both times chipping the Abbottsford Goaltender.

The depleted Co-op squad showed a very gutsy performance with a very short bench. Many of the players away at the High School AA and AAA Provincials. The roster on Sunday was dotted with the likes of W-League players Fitzsimmons, Nina Anderson and Shannon Elder. Prospect players Marisa Livingstone and Ella Mosky also got time playing well in the Centre back and Centre mid-field positions.

The game was up for the taking as the Co-op women took the early lead. Abbottsford never gave up and got one back on a PK which Behm made the initial save only to have it slotted on a well placed shot by the Abby striker.

With Co-op up 2-1 late in the game they were not able to hold off a surging Abbottsford team and the equalizing goal was scored.

The Peninsula Co-op reserve women’s next game is at Bear Mountain Staium Saturday June 9th at 2pm. Come on out and see this young team battle against West Van.