April 16, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – With less than a month until the start of the 2014 Pacific Coast Soccer League season, the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders roster is beginning to take shape.
Fourteen players that include 12 members of this year’s UVic Vikes have committed to Vancouver Island’s premier women’s soccer team.
Returning Highlanders include 2014 Vikes Rookie of the Year Elise Butler, former U-20 national team member Jaclyn Sawicki, Maryse Reichgeld, Sarah Douglas, Emily Stenerson and University of Alberta Panda Kristen Livingstone. Also returning in goal after a year off is former Highlander Steph Parker.
“The return of Steph Parker provides us with another leader within the team,” said Co-op Highlanders head coach Dave Dew. “Steph is a proven goalkeeper who has trained and played at a consistent and high standard.”
New to the Highlanders roster is 2013-14 Vikes leading scorer Emma Greig, 2013 First Team All-Canadian and sister Brigitte Greig, as well as Cassie Dennis, Lindsay Machin, Erica Groten, Steph Badilla and Meghan Elder.
“Having the core of the Vikes team gives us instant chemistry and a group of players that understand the expectations of the Highlanders program,” added Dew.
Twelve of this year’s Highlanders were members of the 2013 Canada West bronze medal winning Vikes squad that defeated the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in shootouts to earn third place, while Livingstone was a member of the Canada West Gold medal-winning Pandas who won their first conference title since 2001 at Centennial Stadium this past season.
Last year, the Highlanders started slow out of the gate before going on a 12-game winning streak to close out their season. An early defeat at the hands of the Kamloops Heat in the Challenge Cup playoffs ended an otherwise dominating season for the young Highlander roster that will now have an additional year of experience under their belt.
The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders open their season on the road, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. against the Mid Isle Highlanders at Merle Logan Field in Nanaimo.