June 21,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – Peninsula Co-op Highlanders cruised to a 6-0 victory over a Mid Isle Highlanders team that was riding a three-game losing streak heading into this match, June 20 at Ladysmith Turf. The win is their fourth in as many games and keeps them unbeaten in the Pacific Coast Soccer League with an impressive 4-0-0 record.
The Highlanders stormed out to a 3-0 lead with a goal by Sarah Douglas and first-half brace from veteran Mariel Solsberg. The second half of play featured young talent Kiara Kilbey earning a brace of her own while captain Liz Hansen rounded out the scoring in the match.
At 11 minutes of play, Douglas converted a low-driven cross from Liz Hansen to give the Highlanders a quick 1-0 lead. Just six minutes later saw Solsberg receive a great diagonal ball from Douglas that split the defence. Solsberg made no mistake as she beat the ‘keeper for his first goal of the season, giving Victoria a two-goal lead. It took just two minutes for Solsberg to get her second goal of the game. In the 19th minute, Solsberg stripped the Mid-Isle defender of the ball and went one-on-one with the keeper, slotting it home to give her side a 3-0 advantage.
The Highlanders continued to push the pace of the game and the offensive play to their opponents. Mid Isle couldn’t find a response to the Highlanders’ attack and remained at a three-goal disadvantage heading into half-time.
Half-time saw Peninsula Co-op Highlanders head coach Dave Dew make five substitutions in total, including 17-year-old Katie Carrothers from the Highlanders reserve team getting her first taste at the Premier level.
Kilbey continued scoring for the Highlanders at the 65th minute with her first goal at the Premier level, scoring off a low-driven cross from teammate Sachi Swift. The game then slowed in pace as Mid Isle pushed back as they attempted to get a ball behind Highlanders’ keeper Tiffany O’Donnell. The Highlanders pushed right back and were rewarded with a goal at the 80th minute. Off a corner, Carrothers’ initial header was stopped by the keeper with a great save before a scramble ensued and KIlbey knocked in her second goal of the night.
Finally, with four minutes left in the game, Hansen scored a spectacular fully volley off a superb cross by Solsberg to round out the scoring. Mid Isle had no answer to the Highlanders’ attack and the visiting team took the convincing 6-0 win with Tiffany O’Donnell picking up the team’s first clean sheet of the campaign.
“It was great to have three goals come directly off the week’s work in training,” explained Dew. “That and a real confidence booster with our first clean sheet by goalkeeper Tiffany O’Donnell.”
The Highlanders continue their weekend with a game against TSS Academy on Sunday, June 22. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m. at Hampton Park, Victoria.