Highlanders’ reserves come up short despite strong showing

VICTORIA – The Victoria Highlanders men’s reserves came up short in a 4-2 loss against Mid Isle Highlanders on Saturday, June 21. The match was the Highlanders’ sixth game of the Pacific Coast Soccer League season. Bryce Marinus and Jyotish Khanna supplied the offence for the visiting team.

The Highlanders started strong with solid possession-play in the early going. This early pressure led to a handful of corners taken by Bryce Marinus. While the first two corner attempts were cleared, Marinus’ third corner attempt found its way directly to the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. The men’s reserves added to their lead with some pretty passing in the offensive third. Jyotish Khanna was sent in and finished with a superb volley to the far side of the net at the 10th minute for a 2-0 lead.

The momentum started to shift after Khanna’s goal as Mid Isle pushed back. Mid Isle started to control the possession game and their hard work eventually paid off. In the 12th minute, Mid Isle scored from a sharp angle to cut the lead in half. Mid Isle then tied the game up at the 15th minute with a conversion on a long cross that found its way into the six-yard box. The teams remained deadlocked 2-2 at the half.

The game settled down in the early parts of the second half. Both teams exchanged chances, but both were more conservative with the ball. Mid Isle struck again to take their first lead of the game at the 65th minute off a chipped free kick from the edge of the area. Mid Isle then rounded out the scoring at the 75th minute to take the 4-2 victory.

The Highlanders reserves will look to get back in the win column as they prepare for their home game against Chilliwack FC on Sunday, June 29. For more information please visit www.highlandersfc.ca.