June 10, 2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders will aim for three straight victories as they play host to Whitecaps FC at Hampton Park, June 15 at 12:30 pm. It will be the second meeting between the two sides this season, with the first contest ending in a 3-1 Highlanders victory at Simon Fraser University.
Emma Greig picked up a hat-trick in last weekend’s 3-2 Highlanders victory over Fraser Valley Action in a game that was dominated in both possession and shots by the home side. Goals by Fraser Valley’s Jessica King in the 84th and 90th minute of play proved to be too late for the visiting squad. The victory is the Victoria women’s second of the year and keeps their record at a perfect 2-0-0. Despite the victory, head coach Dave Dew believes his squad could have better.
“We weren’t scoring goals Saturday,” said Dew. “If you don’t finish chances off, all that work is for nothing. Even though we were up 1-0 in the first half, I wasn’t happy with our finishing.”
The Whitecaps have posted one victory since their season-opening loss to Victoria, defeating TSS Academy by a staggering 6-0 margin. Seina Kashima led the Vancouver side in their blowout win with a pair of goals, putting her in the team lead for goals. Whitecaps only other match came against the Highlanders at Simon Fraser University, where Victoria earned a 3-1 victory of goals from Katie Kraeutner, Rebecca Sparkman and Sarah Douglas.
Sunday’s match will be the final regular season meeting between both sides, with the Highlanders potentially moving into first-place overall in the league depending on the winner of the Kamloops Heat and Fraser Valley action match, also taking place on Sunday. Dew plans on using this weeks’ training sessions to focus improving his side at both ends of the pitch.
” I think we want to improve upon our finishing and our defending as a team has to be better,” said Dew. “It will improve as we go through games but it’s something we’re also going to address through training this week.”
Kick-off at Hampton Park in Victoria is set for 12:30 pm and admission to the match is free.