Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
VICTORIA – Victoria Highlanders FC competed in their final Premier Development League regular season match July 5, defeating Lane United FC 2-0 in front of 1189 fans at Royal Athletic Park. Victoria’s goals came off the foot of striker Blair Sturrock as well as a Lane own goal in the 67th minute.
Highlander FC Blair Sturrock provided his teams first goal in the 12th minute on a feed from Cam Hundal for a 2-0 final against the Lane United – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Highlanders were rewarded for their efforts in the 12th minute, when Sturrock slotted home the first goal of the game after receiving a feed from the touch line by Hundal.
Highlander Cam Hundal would set up teammate Sturrock for his team’s first goal after this ambitious run down the wing – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Victoria’s early pace slowed somewhat following the goal, as Lane was able to gain some possession through the midfield, but it wasn’t until the 28th minute that they would gain a shot on Victoria ‘keeper Elliot Mitrou off a dangerous looking strike from 18 yards out by midfielder Chris Bevans. It would be the lone shot on net in the opening half for Lane, whose looks to equalize through 45 minutes were limited.
Both sides exchanged chances late in the half, with Sturrock receiving an opportunity to notch a brace in the 37th minute but firing just high off of some quality ball movement by his squad. A free kick from just outside the 18-yard box taken by Lane’s Francisco Vizcaino would also sail high. The Highlanders would head into the half with a 1-0 advantage on the scoreboard and a 5-2 advantage in shots overall.
Cam Hundal looks for ball control after a cross field pass. Hundal would provide much of his team forward ball movement in the game Saturday night at Royal Athletic Park – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Victoria opened the second half with early pressure in the attacking zone that included yet another close call off the foot of Sturrock, who slotted a low shot just wide right of the post—the Scottish native’s third great look of the night.
This ball would steer just right of keeper Wade Hamilton and the post after leaving the foot of Sturrock looking for a second goal – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Lane was the recipient of an unlucky play in front of their net in the 67th minute, as a Ravenhill cross to the front of the net deflected off of defender Casey Phillips and in. Second half substitute ‘keeper Wade Hamilton could only watch in horror as his side went down by a pair.
Sturrock takes the pass of the chest looking to put the ball on net – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Second half substitute Christian Dietrich nearly got his side within a goal in the 77th minute, firing a low shot just wide across the goal that no Lane United teammate could get a foot on. Getting shots on net were hard to come by throughout the night for Lane, who had several opportunities to get on the scoreboard but struggled to direct balls on goal.
Andrew Ravenhill eludes the tackle of a Lane United FC player while suprisingly keeping control of the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Highlanders would maintain the 2-0 lead through to the final whistle, earning their sixth win of the year and pushing their point to total to 21. The Highlanders now head on the road for the final two games of the PDL regular season against Puget Sound Gunners and Sounders U-23. They return home July 21, hosting world-famous Glasgow Rangers FC at Centennial Stadium. For more information, please visit www.highlandersfc.ca.
A young Highlanders fan and Striker, the Highlander mascot, agree on their teams half-time performance – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
VHFC: Sturrock (12’), Own Goal (67’)