June 3,2014(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 Pacific Coast Soccer League season on home turf at Royal Athletic Park, facing Fraser Valley Action on June 7 at 7pm as they look for their second win in a row.
In their first game of the season at Simon Fraser University, the Highlanders settled down in the second half of play to score three unanswered goals against rival Whitecaps FC. Katie Kraeutner, Rebecca Sparkman and Sarah Douglas all posted goals for the women’s squad in Vancouver.
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 to put her side up 3-0.
After last week’s tilt against club affiliate Mid Isle Highlanders had to be rescheduled, the Highlanders will be aiming for their second win this weekend, while Fraser Valley will be playing their first match of the year. In a two-game series to close out their 2013 PCSL regular season, the Highlanders handled the Action with ease, earning 3-0 and 4-0 victories.
“We’ve only had the one game so far this season,” said Dew. “From all accounts, Cassie Dennis, Rebecca Sparkman and Mariel Solsberg had strong games, but I’m expecting everyone to show up this weekend. It’s one of those things where we have 22 or 23 players who are ready to go but we can only pick 18 of them. They have to prove that they are ready to play.”
The women take to the pitch against Fraser Valley action, 4pm, June 7 at Royal Athletic Park. The game is the first of a double-header night for the Highlanders organization, with the men’s first team taking on Portland Timbers U-23 at 7pm following the women’s match.