Highlanders’ reserves split weekend PCSL matches
(Photo credit: Neil Hodge)
VICTORIA – Victoria Highlanders’ reserve teams split their Pacific Coast Soccer League matches over the weekend. The Highlanders men’s reserves fell to the Mid Isle Highlanders by an 8-2 score on Saturday, July 12. Meanwhile, the Co-op Highlanders women’s reserves recorded their fourth straight victory with a 3-2 win over Fraser Valley Action on Sunday, July 13.
Men’s Reserves, July 12 vs. Mid Isle Highlanders
The Highlanders’ men’s reserves looked to move one step closer to a PCSL playoff position when they hosted the Mid Isle Highlanders at Tyndall Park. The visiting team struck first in the 12th minute with a bullet shot from outside the box that found its way just under the crossbar and over the outstretched keeper. Victoria came close to tying the match on a free kick just outside the penalty area in the 15th minute, but the defender headed it wide and out of danger. Mid Isle added a pair of goals, one in the 17th minute and one in the 26th minute, to take the 3-0 lead midway through the half. Victoria got on the board on a Hamish Walde penalty kick to pull within two. The visiting team added two goals late in the half and held a 5-1 lead after the first 45 minutes.
Victoria made substitutions in the second half that saw them field seven 15-year-olds and 16-year-olds. Although they were playing a championship team made up of 19 to 21-year-olds, the men’s reserves kept battling and did not quit. Mike Henman scored the Highlanders’ second goal of the match as the home team continued to push against their island rivals. In the end, the men were unable to overcome the first half deficit and dropped the match by an 8-2 score.
Women’s Reserves, July 13 vs. Fraser Valley Action
The match marked the second meeting of the season between these two teams with the first meeting ending in a 2-1 Victoria win on Sunday, June 8. The women came into the match searching for their fourth straight PCSL victory to move closer to the league title.
The women came out flying in the early stages as shots from Alynn Dagg and Jasmine Cooper rattled off the woodwork. The Highlanders broke through in the 36th when Liz Hansen scored on a free kick for the 1-0 lead.
Fraser Valley replied in the 39th minute with an opportune goal to tie the game up at one. After she received a through ball from Hansen, midfielder Dagg converted to make it a 2-1 game. Both teams pushed in the dying moments of the first half, but Victoria held a 2-1 lead after the opening 45 minutes.
The Highlanders added to their lead in the 58th minute when Kiara Kilbey played a through ball to Hansen who in turn, dribbled in and placed a right-footed shot into the top corner for her second goal of the match. The Action pushed back and pulled within one on a goal in the 75th minute to make it a 3-2 game. The women shut the game down in the latter stages of the half with solid ball possession in the final seven minutes to secure the 3-2 win.