Ryan Ashlee, Katie Kraeutner and Jackie Harrison earn Bayview Player of the Match honours

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Ryan McQuillan, James Nielsen, Highlanders Communication

June 11, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In Saturday’s shut-out of the Washington Crossfire for the Victoria Highlanders, Ashlee was a wall in the Highlanders’ back field. Thus far in the season Ashlee has played every minute for the team while racking up only three fouls yet remaining a force.

In Saturday’s match, he made several key plays in the backfield. His head found the ball almost every time it was crossed near him and he made a spectacular sliding save to preserve the shut-out in the 84th minute.

“He’s grown quite a bit in the last year at school. He gives an honest, professional center back’s effort,” said men’s Assistant Coach Neil Sedgwick. “He’s disciplined and made big plays on Saturday, like the sliding stop off Elliot’s mistake.”

Ashlee has quietly been a rock for the Highlanders’ unit this season, making intelligent and important plays on a regular basis. With the spectacular sliding save and other key plays in the box, he played a large role in achieving the victory

Forward Katie Kraeutner has been named named Bayview’s Player of the Match for Saturday’s match against TSS Academy. Kraeutner is having a breakout season with the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders, becoming a fixture on offense in her this season with the club. During Saturday’s match, Kraeutner scored a goal and earned two assists including a corner shot that was then converted upon by the Highlanders.

“We’ve had a lot of discussions about playing simpler and playing quicker, and she really took that onboard,” says Head Coach Dave Dew The second goal she got her chance, got it inside, didn’t carry it too much time and took her chance and shot it and scored. If she sticks to what we’re asking her, to play simply, she’s very effective.”

In addition to her stand-out play with the Highlanders, Kraeutner was also named to this past month’s National EXCELeration camp roster, an initiative by soccer Canada to identify the country’s top players and bridge the gap between the senior team and the U-21 squad.

Midfielder Jackie Harrison has been named Bayview’s Player of the Match for Sunday’s match against the Abbotsford FC. Harrison scored two goals in the second half for the Peninisula Co-op Highlanders, the team would win their third-straight match, posting a 4-0 victory.

“Jackie brings an incredible work rate [to the team], her thing is that she has composure, she likes to keep the ball and doesn’t like to give it away, says Dew. “She’s not flashy, but she scores good goals, she’s a very powerful kid and you can’t knock her off the ball.”

Harrison sits at 7th among Pacific Coast League Scoring leaders, tied with Highlanders teammates Abby Rhaymer and Liz Hansen with four on the season.

The next men’s home match takes place at 7pm, Friday at Royal Athletic Park. Come enjoy the match and celebrate our mascot Strikers birthday! For more information please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com

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