May 30,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – Following a convincing 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 25, the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders will host their first match of the season on home turf at Hampton Park, facing club affiliate Mid Isle Highlanders on May 31 at 2:00 pm as they look to remain perfect in their Pacific Coast Soccer League season.
The Highlanders opened up their first game of the season with a little bit of uncertainty, before settling in during the second half of play and scoring three unanswered goals. Victoria’s Katie Kraeutner, Rebecca Sparkman and Sarah Douglas all posted goals for the visiting squad.
Kraeutner was involved with all three goals in the season opening victory, opening scoring for Victoria before setting up Sparkman’s goal with a well-placed free kick. She was also the key factor in University of Victoria striker Sarah Douglas’ goal, getting dragged down inside the attacking zone that awarded the Highlanders a penalty kick, which Douglas finished off. Former Highlander Steph Parker has returned to the fold in net this year, and provides head coach Dave Dew with stability in net.
Playing on home turf, the Highlanders will be aiming for their second win of the season, while Mid Isle will try to avoid dropping their first three games of 2014. The game is the first of three straight at home for the women’s squad, who will play host to Fraser Valley Action at Royal Athletic Park, June 7 in a double header that will also feature the men’s team kicking off against the Portland Timbers U-23 following the women’s game.
Kick-off for Saturday’s match against the Mid Isle Highlanders is set for 2:00 pm at Hampton Park. Admission is free.