Highlanders Men’s Prospects Begin Season, Women Look Forward to Second Win

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September 22, 2012, VICTORIA (ISN) – The Victoria Highlanders men’s prospects look towards retaining their VISL (Vancouver Island Soccer League) U-21 league title and BC Provincial Cup Championship, and the Peninsula Co-Op women’s prospects have an eye towards their second league win in the Vancouver-based Metro Women’s Soccer League, as both teams take to the pitch on Sunday.

Highlanders Prospects (Men) vs. Bays United U-21, Sunday, Sept. 23: Oaklands Park, Victoria – 12pm

On Sunday, Sept. 23 the Victoria Highlanders’ Prospects men’s team will play their season opener against U-21 Bays United at Oaklands Park. In 2010, their debut season, the Prospects were crowned BC Provincial Cup Champions and have captured the VISL U-21 league title two years running.

The VISL U-21 league is an important part of the development of the Prospects players according to Simonson. “A sixteen year old kid, playing against eighteen to twenty year olds is a big step. The physical play and the speed of some of these teams is a real challenge for our first year players. Playing week in and week out really helps them prepare to play against the VISL Division One teams, and during the summer for the PCSL [Pacific Coast Soccer League], or if they have the abilities, the PDL [Premier Development League].”

Entering into the 2012 season the Prospects men boast a roster of fresh-faces as several key players from last season have moved on to play at the university level. A large contingent of this graduating class now claim starting positions for the University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team. “We have a solid group of local grade 11 and 12 players again and we are now attracting guys from outside of Victoria who are relocating to play for us,” said PDL & Prospects Head Coach Steve Simonson. “The mindset of these players, their drive and their ambition, is what really sets them apart.”

Peninsula Co-Op Prospects (Women) vs. NSGSC Renegades, Sunday, Sept. 23: Vancouver – 1:30pm

On the women’s side, the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders prospects are looking for redemption after a close game last weekend saw the squad drop the result 2-1 against first place team Columbus FC. In early days of their inaugural season of competition in the Premier Division of the Vancouver-based Metro Women’s Soccer League, the women currently post a record of 1-1-0.

The Peninsula Co-Op prospects will face the North Shore Girls Soccer Club Renegades, on Sunday. The NSGSC Renegades are only a point ahead of the prospects with a 1-0-1 record.

“We’re a strong side, I definitely think that we can be competitive,” said Dave Dew, head coach of the Victoria squad. “We had a very close game last weekend so I know we’re right there.”

Victoria Highlanders FC have launched an early bird offer for fans on 2013 Season Tickets. Those who purchase Season Tickets before Friday, November 30, will pay only $35, over 70% savings. Fans can take advantage of this offer and renew or purchase their Season Tickets online at www.victoriahighlandersfc.com  or by phone at 250.590.VHFC (8432).

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