By James Nielsen, Highlanders Communications
May 201, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders suffered the first defeat of their young Pacific Coast Soccer League season Monday afternoon. Losing 4-0 to a Whitecaps squad that capitalized on a slow opening half for the Highlanders.
“Our first half was poor,” said Head Coach Dave Dew. “We didn’t come to compete.”
Vancouver’s Summer Clarke, the leagues leading scorer, netted three in Sunday’s contest.
“She (Clarke) is definitely the heir apparent to Christina Sinclair,” said Dew. ” She strikes the ball very accurately from a distance, from outside the box and with her left foot.”
The second half of the game was much more encouraging from a Highlanders perspective as substitutes Kristen Livingstone, Abby Rhaymer, Maryse Reichgeld, Emily Stenerson and Sam Lee all made a positive impact on the Highlanders game. With two games next weekend against the Okanagan FC and the Kamloops Heat, Dew will be looking to refocus his group for the back-to-back matchups.
“We’re going to go back to working on the first touch, our decision making and our competition level,” said Dew. “It’s the players responsibility that they come to compete, and it’s their responsibility to hold their teammates accountable as well.”
The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders FC face the Okanagan FC and Kamloops Heat, May 25th and 26th respectively. The next men’s Highlanders FC match takes place May 25th, 7pm at Royal Athletic Park. Season tickets are still available.
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