By: Ryan McQuillan and James Nielsen
May 30, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders women’s team is set to face the Abbotsford FC this Sunday, 1pm at Bateman Park.
The June 2nd match will be the third straight road game for the Highlanders, who came back from last weekend’s road trip vs. the Okanagan FC and Kamloops Heat with two points after tying both games. They now stand fourth in the Pacific Coast Soccer League with five points and an overall record of 1-1-2.
“We trained twice this week and the moods really good,” says Head Coach Dave Dew. “We fine tuned our finishing because it was off a little last week, looking forward to having our players we didn’t have [last weekend] back this week.”
Midfielder Jaclyn Sawicki converted on a penalty kick against Okanagan FC while fellow Highlander Abigail Rhaymer scored against the Kamloops Heat for a depleted Highlanders roster that was missing seven regulars, forcing Dew to debut three 16-year-old players from the Highlanders youth development program.
Following her first-team debut in last weekend’s matches, 16-year-old Jaymie Cawley will suit up for the first time as an official member of the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders after signing with the squad two days ago. Dew was impressed with the center back’s abilities and composure that was shown in the previous weekend.
Abbotsford is winless on the season, having allowed three goals in their two losses while being unable to find the back of the net. They’ll be looking to ignite their offence on home turf when they host the Highlanders.
The next men’s home match takes place Friday, May 31st at Royal Athletic Park, 7pm against the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 squad. The Juan de Fuca Plate is on the line, with a Highlander victory guaranteeing them possession of the plate for 2013 season. For more information please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com