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Jul. 21: Victoria Highlanders FC vs Glasgow Rangers FC (6:00 p.m., Centennial Stadium)
 
 
VICTORIA – It will be a bitter-sweet moment for senior University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer player Andrew Ravenhill next Monday, Jul. 21 as the defender will compete for potentially his last time on what has been his home field for five seasons. Ravenhill, who wrapped up his CIS career last winter, has also been part of the inaugural Victoria Highlanders FC program since 2009.

“I thought (the Highlanders) had a good season and even though it didn’t end the way we wanted to, we were still second in the league and placed ahead of three MLS franchise teams,” said Ravenhill, whose Highlanders team suffered a 7-2 play-off loss to Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday.

Ravenhill and his team are not done yet, as the Premier Development League competitors will host Glasgow Rangers FC for an international friendly on Jul. 21 at Centennial Stadium.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to end this kind of a competitive career for me – with UVic staff around, my home school and in Victoria,” added the 23-year-old. “I couldn’t think of a better way to go out than playing for an up and coming great club against a world-class team.”

As one of the top in the conference for assists, Ravenhill is not entirely sure what his future entails for him, whether to continue on with a professional soccer career or other but one thing is for sure he will get the closure he deserves next week.

“I’ve been with Andrew since I first came to Victoria,” said Vikes and Highlanders team mate Cam Hundal. “He’s been more than just a team mate to me. We have built chemistry over the years and we play well together in every league we play in. We know we can run that left side of the field and although it will be sad on Monday, we are both looking forward to it.”

Hundal competed with Victoria Highlanders FC for his first season this summer after previously playing for Vancouver Whitecaps in the PDL. One of the team’s leading goal scorers, the left winger has nothing but positive things to say about his choice to stay on the island for the summer.

“To be honest, the original reason I stayed in Victoria this summer was to take more classes for school but it worked out really well for soccer as well,” said the 2011 CIS National Championship MVP. “With (the Highlanders’) success from last year, I knew it was going to be a good environment to play in. I know the guys on the team and the coach and being in the same city helps you stay in the vibe over the summer so I can get right back into it when the Vikes season starts.”

The Highlanders finished 8-3-3 in their regular PDL season much to the contributions of several former and current UVic Vikes. Key Vikes in the mix along side Hundal and Ravenhill are goalkeeper Elliot Mitrou, striker Cam Stokes and defender Gavin Barrett. Also on the squad are Vikes Adam RavenhillDominic ColantonioSam Prette and Wes Barrett.

The Victoria Highlanders FC will kick-off at 6:00 p.m. against Glasgow Rangers FC at Centennial Stadium on Monday.

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