Highlanders Earn Exhibition Victory


Story by Highlanders Media – Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

July 4, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria Highlanders FC faced off in the annual Charity Shield Match Wednesday evening, facing off in a friendly against Victoria United FC.

At the three-minute mark of the opening half, Wesley Barrett flipped the ball to himself to free up the ball, before getting a shot off that went high. The Highlanders continued to play in Victoria United’s zone following the chance, with Victoria’s Josh Heard being taken down several times in the opening 10 minutes.

The United FC would play a tough game against a Highlanders mixed team. A United FC player finds open space to attempt a kick on goal – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Victoria United received their first shot in the Highlanders zone at the 11-minute mark, but the shot would go wide. Victoria United’s Patrick Neilson received a solid shot against Rab Bruce-Lockhart in the 25th minute that the Highlanders ‘keeper would handle without issue.

The Victoria Highlanders and United FC sides would play hard in a challenging friendly Wednesday night at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

At 36-minutes Cam Stokes would feed Josh Heard with a cross-pass, but Heard would be unable to finish it. Following the Highlanders chance, Victoria United received two opportunities of their own, firing hard shots but being unable to beat Bruce-Lockhart. Late in the half, Wesley Barrett received his second scoring opportunity, firing yet another blast from just outside the 18-yard box that would also go high. Barretts chance would be the last opportunity in the half, with neither side able to find the back of the net.

Victoria Highlander Sahil Sandhu pushes the ball threatening close to the front of the United FC box – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Highlander Sahil Sandhu would strike first for his team successfully stroking the ball past the United FC goalkeep during a penalty kick after being hauled down in the box – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

To open the second half, the Highlanders made several changes to their lineup, inserting Brett Levis, Riley O’Neill, Gareth Langdon, Andrew Ravenhill, Jordie Hughes and Craig Gorman and Elliot Mitrou in net.

The Highlanders would convert in the 64th minute, with Sahil Sandhu converting a penalty kick after being taken down by Dom Colantonio, putting the Highlamders up 1-0.

Highlander Riley O’Neil appears to get the worst of a United FC tackle during play Wednesday night at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

In the 69th minute, Tyler Hughes took a free kick from 18-yards out that ‘keeper Hulstein dove to his right to save. After Victoria United received another great opportunity on Mitrou, Brett Levis got a chance of his own in Victoria United’s end, firing a shot that was swallowed up by the ‘keeper.

Victoria Highlander Riley O’Neil is held back from getting to the ball during a soccer friendly played against United FC in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria. Highlanders would take the win 2-0 – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

With several regulars inserted into the lineup for the second half, the Highlanders controlled a majority of the play. As the half came to a close, Victoria United pressed, firing several shots towards the Highlanders net, but it would be the Highlanders who would net another goal, when Craig Gorman fired one into the back of the net in extra time to seal the victory.

Midfielder Jordie Hughes, always dangerous around his opponents goalkeep looks to beat his United FC defender during a friendly at RAP Wednesday night – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The next Highlanders home match takes place Saturday, July 13. The double-header begins with the Co-op Highlanders facing off against Okanagan FC at 5:00pm before Highlanders take on Portland Timbers U-23 at 7:30pm. For more information please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com.