Co-op Highlanders cool down Heat, capture seventh win of PCSL season
(Photo credit: Neil Hodge)
VICTORIA – Peninsula Co-op Highlanders remain undefeated in their 2014 Pacific Coast Soccer League campaign after capturing a 3-1 victory over Kamloops Heat, July 6 at Hampton Park. The win also keeps the Victoria squad positioned at the top of the league table with three games remaining in their regular season.
Victoria took a 3-1 lead into the half off of goals from captain Liz Hansen, Jaymie Cawley, and a Kamloops Heat own goal. Tight defense and solid midfield play by the Highlanders in the second half secured the 3-1 win.
The home team started the match strong as they looked to get on the board early. The best scoring chance for the Highlanders came quickly as veteran Mariel Solsberg redirected a low cross from teammate Emma Greig off the crossbar. The Highlanders opened the scoring in the 9th minute on a great individual effort by Sawicki, as the midfielder fought off her defender and made a quick cut back pass out front that was redirected in by Hansen for a 1-0 lead. The Highlanders continued their attack as Jaymie Cawley headed home a Katie Kraeutner corner in the 16th minute to double the lead. Fullback Brigitte Greig came close to making it 3-0 when she broke in on goal alone, but her low shot was denied by the keeper.
Kamloops attempted to push back in the latter portion of the half as they started to control the ball in the offensive third, earning their first scoring chance off a hard shot from distance that banged off the corner post. Kamloops was rewarded for the efforts in the 39th minute after a Heat header went off the post, the ball bounced back out front where the Kamloops’ attacker made no mistake and slotted it home.
Just as the momentum shifted in Kamloops favor, an unlucky bounce made it 3 -1 for the home team. Victoria’s Jaymie Cawley headed the ball on goal before Rebecca Sparkman hit it off a Heat defender and into the Kamloops goal. The Highlanders held a 3-1 lead at the half.
The second half saw the Kamloops Heat push hard for the next goal. They maintained much of the ball possession in the second half. Highlanders’ keeper Steph Parker was assessed a yellow card when she took down a Kamloops player that had broken in alone, but the ensuing free kick would amount to nothing for the visiting side.
The Highlanders came close to adding to their lead when Solsberg broke in alone, but she was denied on her initial shot by the Kamloops ‘keeper before her rebound was also blocked. Victoria was able to push back the Heat’s continued advances and hold on for the 3-1 win.
The women’s squad heads on the road for the next two games in their schedule before returning to Hampton Park to close out their regular season on July 20 against Mid Isle Highlanders. For more information, please visit www.highlandersfc.ca