Highlanders surrender late goal

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By James Nielsen, Highlanders Communication

May 25, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Highlanders faced off against the North Sound SeaWolves in front of 1206 fans Saturday evening, with the game ending in a 2-2 tie.

SeaWolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead before the Highlanders scored two unanswered. The North Sound SeaWolves tied it up before the match ended, however.

The Highlanders entered Saturday’s contest looking to book four straight wins to open their Premier Development League season. Early in the first half, the SeaWolves jumped out on the attack, remaining in the Highlanders zone for the first two minutes. The Highlanders would respond following the pressure, resulting in five corners in the first ten minutes. Despite the early chances on the corners, none were converted.

Seventeen minutes in, two-time Bayview Player of the Match Brett Levis fired a point blank shot towards SeaWolves goalkeeper Ryan Herman. However, Herman made a quick-reaction save, lunging to his right to snag the ball mid-air. Minutes later, Kalem Scott worked the ball out of the SeaWolves right corner, finessing a pass to Mallette, who then passed it to Levis, the opportunity lobbed high and wide though, and the game remained scoreless.

The SeaWolves broke the deadlock when Zachary Hamer connected on a cross-pass from brother Nicholas Hamer. The Highlanders would struggle to muster any sustained pressure in the first half following the goal that occurred at the 32-minute-mark.

The second half saw Polster and Gorman substituted in for Gareth Langdon and Thomas Mallette. Gorman provided some energy with two early rushes including a pass to Levis that didn’t convert. Gorman would later lead a rush down with a pass to Levis who then dropped it off to O’Neill. O’Neill would be taken down resulting in a penalty kick which he converted on to tie it up at 1-1.

Jordie Hughes followed up the goal with one of his own in the 69th minute, a header as a result of a miscue between the SeaWolves defender and his goalkeeper. The Highlanders continued to get chances through the second half. Mitrou stopped a timely one-on-one with Nicholas Hamer at the 80-minute mark to allow the Highlanders to maintain their lead. In the 87th minute, Northsound’s Dominique Dismuke broke in and slipped a shot low past goalkeeper Elliot Mitrou. The goal would be the last of the match, with the Highlanders surrendering the win but remaining undefeated on their season.

The Highlanders next match takes place Friday, May 31 against the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 squad. The match takes place at 7pm. For more information www.victoriahighlandersfc.com

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