Ryan McQuillan, Highlanders Communications
June 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria Highlanders FC (7-1-1) prepares to face Portland Timbers U-23’s (6-1-2) this Sunday, 12pm, at Hare Field Hillsboro High School. The Highlanders cap off a tough road trip in Portland.
They defend their position atop the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League against the second and third placed teams.
Portland’s stingy defence has them second place in the division, just two points shy of Victoria. This is a meeting of the Northwest’s most potent offence against the division’s toughest back line. Portland has only given up four goals this season, and haven’t conceded one at home. The Highlanders have 24 goals for the season with at least two every game. They have yet to lose a game on the road.
Portland’s goalkeeper, David Meves, leads the PDL in shut-outs with six. Portland is tied for first in the Western Conference in the goals against category. Highlanders’ goalkeeper, and last year’s PDL All-Western Conference keeper, Elliot Mitrou has been good this season, too. He’s won six of the eight games played while posting a goal-against average of 1.5 and two shut-outs.
Forward Clark Phillips leads the Timbers with six points from three goals. Defenseman Eric Miller is second on the team with five points off of two goals and an assist in just 270 minutes played. Forwards Brett Levis and Jordie Hughes lead Victoria with 18 points each and 16 goals scored between the two. Defenseman and Team Captain Tyler Hughes scored his first goal of the season off a free kick last weekend against Kitsap Pumas.
The Highlanders are able to secure a playoff spot this season with a win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23’s and with any points from the match against Portland. The last regular season match for the Highlanders is at Royal Athletic Park, July 13, against the Timbers.