Highlanders Men Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With A 3-0 Win Over Kitsap

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By Jai Rakic – ISN

Bremerton, WA (ISN) – The Victoria Highlanders men side stunned the reigning USL champions Kitsap Pumas, beating them 3-0 at Bremerton Memorial Stadium in Washington over the weekend, while the Highlanders women and women’s reserve sides both went down.

The Highlanders men’s team worked as a unit and had a great performance scoring three unanswered goals against USL champions Kitsap.

Sasa Plavsic opened up the scoring for the Highlanders in the first half, after a well struck free-kick beat the Kitsap keeper. After a great start to the game the Highlanders maintained pressure and put themselves up 2-0 just before the break after a Jordie Hughes breakaway.

Hughes scored his second goal of the night midway through the second half but ended his game on a bad note after emotions ran high between him and Kitsap’s Elliot Fauske over a high boot incident the referee decided to send them both off. The game ended 3-0 in favour of the Victoria highlanders.

The Highlanders win over Kitsap was very much needed and has kept Victoria in the race for a playoff position.  With only four games remaining in the regular season the Highlanders will have to maintain this great form if they are to have any hope of making the playoffs. The Highlanders next game is against the Portland Timbers this Saturday night at Royal Athletic Park.

In Highlanders Women’s news, the Peninsula Co-op side lost 4-0 to the undefeated Pali Blues at Royal Athletic Park on Friday, while the Peninsula Co-op reserves side had a tough weekend playing against two of the strongest teams in their league.

In less then ideal conditions on Saturday the reserves went down 1-0 to the Vancouver Thunderbirds. Things didn’t get much better for the Highlanders women’s reserves, when they went up against the undefeated Fraser Valley side at Hampton Park on Friday, going down 2-0.