Emma Greig had all 3 goals for the Co-Op Highlanders. (Photo Scott Paterson ISN)
VICTORIA – The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders played their second game of the Pacific Coast Soccer League season, posting an impressive 3-2 win in their home opener, June 7 at Royal Athletic Park against Fraser Valley Action.
Emma Greig walked away with the hat-trick after posting goals in the first and second half of play, while teammate Katie Kraeutner generated several quality opportunities throughout the game. Lindsay Machin was strong at midfield for her squad and did the legwork on Greig’s second goal of the game.
The Highlanders settled in to their game as the match entered the 10-minute-mark, connecting their passes and spreading their numbers across the field. Midfielder Kraeutner was dangerous early for Victoria and had a great opportunity to put her side up a goal at 15 minutes before shooting past the far post.
Jaymie Cawley of the Co-Op Highlanders battling for the ball. (Photo Scott Paterson ISN)
As the game entered 24 minutes, Kraeutner brought the ball into the attacking zone, cutting inside her defender and sending a cross-pass to teammate Greig who slotted the ball into the net for her first of the game. The Highlanders continued to press, while Fraser Valley struggled to gain possession of the ball. Shots favoured Victoria 7-2 after 45 minutes of play.
The second half opened up with more of the same from both sides, as Victoria continued to push in to the attacking third of the field. Committing numbers forward, Victoria’s Machin carried the ball inside the box before feeding a cross to Greig, who easily slotted home her second of the game home at the 54-minute mark.
Highlanders Liz Hansen jumping over the goalie and defender. (Photo Scott Paterson ISN)
Fraser Valley’s Angela Trautor generated one her sides’ best chances following the Highlanders’ second goal of the game. Firing a low rolling shot past goalkeeper Steph Parker, but the ball was cleared out of harms way before any Action player could convert on the opportunity.
The Highlanders went up 3-0 off yet another Greig goal in the 75th minute, as an attempted clear by Fraser Valley deflected off the forward and into the net.
Midfielder Jaclyn Sawick ioutrunning Fraser Valley’s defender.(Photo Scott Paterson ISN)
Down three in the dying minutes of the half, Fraser Valley responded with a pair of goals from Jessica King, who wired two rockets from the top of the 18-yard box in the 84th and 90th minute of play. It was too-little-too-late for the visiting squad, as Victoria held on to the lead to earn their second victory of the season.
The victory puts the Highlanders at 2-0-0, they next host Vancouver Whitecaps at Hampton Turf, June 5 at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.highlandersfc.ca