June 16,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – Taking advantage of a Whitecaps squad that had played the day prior, Peninsula Co-op Highlanders jumped ahead early and eventually earned a 3-2 victory, June 15 at Hampton Park, Victoria. The win is their third in as many games and keeps their Pacific Coast Soccer League record at a perfect 3-0-0 to begin the season.
“We really wanted to get a good start today,” explained Highlanders head coach Dave Dew. “The first time we played them in Vancouver we didn’t play particularly well in the first half. Today we really gave it to them early, it was a great start.”
Seven minutes into play, Highlanders leading scorer Emma Greig was hauled down inside the penalty area, resulting in an early penalty kick opportunity for the home side. Sarah Douglas then slotted home her second of the season from the penalty mark to give the Highlanders a 1-0 advantage.
Victoria continued to pace the Whitecaps through the first half, but allowed the tired squad to get back in the game at 26 minutes, when a miscue in the defensive end resulted in Vancouver driving home their first score of the day to level the game at 1-1. The two sides headed into the half on even terms.
In the second half, Victoria’s Brigitte Greig crossed a perfect diagonal ball to teammate Kraeutner, who then fed it to Lesley Chilton who came up on an overlap. Chilton then returned the ball to Kraeutner who deposited the ball to the back of the net from 20 yards out to give the Highlanders the lead once again.
Vancouver’s Rachel Jones answered back for the ‘Caps almost immediately. The Canadian U-20 national team prospect took advantage of a poor pass at midfield by the Highlanders before evening the score at 2-2 just two minutes after Kraeutner’s goal.
The goals continued to come, with Hansen regaining the lead for Victoria just minutes after Jones’. Receiving a pass from teammate Jaclyn Sawicki, Hansen then put it past the Whitecaps ‘keeper for the eventual game winner. Hansen’s goal was the third goal in five minutes between the two sides.
“Defensively, there were a couple things we didn’t do too well, but it’s only our third game,” added Dew. “We have some more work to do and we will get through it.”
The Highlanders will aim for their fourth and fifth wins as they prepare for a pair of games against Mid Isle Highlanders in Ladysmith and TSS Academy at Hampton Park on Sunday, June 22.