Co-op Highlanders wrap up perfect PCSL season with 8-0 win over Mid Isle
VICTORIA – Peninsula Co-op Highlanders finished their Pacific Coast Soccer League campaign with a perfect 10-0-0 record after securing an 8-0 win over Mid Isle Highlanders, July 20 at Hampton Park. The Highlanders are the first women’s team to win all their regular season PCSL games outright since the Whitecaps Prospects accomplished the same feat back in 2010.
An opponent own goal, captain Liz Hansen’s conversion, and a Kristen Livingstone marker put the Highlanders up 3-0 at the half. The second half saw Hansen complete her hat trick, while Olivia Swinton, Emily Stenerson, and Mia Gunter all scored their first goals of the season to secure the 8-0 victory.
The women’s team took advantage of a Mid Isle team that was coming off an 11-0 defeat at the hands of Fraser Valley Action the night before. In the 11th minute, Hansen’s corner deflected off a Mid Isle defender and in for the own goal giving Victoria an early 1-0 lead. The Highlanders continued their assault in the 18th minute when Hansen made no mistake on a short diagonal ball from Emma Greig.
Mid Isle looked to mount an offensive push of their own, but the team struggled to sustain any long-term pressure in the offensive third. Victoria was quick to transition from the Mid Isle attack to strike again in the 41st minute when Livingstone redirected a low driven cross from defender Elise Butler for the 3-0 lead.
After a strong display in the opening 45 minutes, the Co-op Highlanders held a 3-0 lead going into the half with a chance to wrap up their PCSL season with a perfect record.
The home club didn’t show any signs of stopping in the second half as Hansen extended the lead to 4-0 in the 52nd minute when she quickly converted a cut back from Cassie Dennis. The 68th minute saw midfielder Swinton score her first goal of the campaign off another Dennis cutback.
As the game wore on, Victoria took advantage of a tired Mid Isle team and were quick to make them pay for any defensive miscues. Hansen completed her hat trick in the 80th minute on a nice individual effort as she dribbled past two central defenders before she slotted it home for the 6-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Stenerson recorded her first marker of the season off a Kiara Kilbey cut back. Mia Gunter rounded out the scoring in the 83rd minute when she became the third Highlander to secure their first goal on the day and secured the 8-0 victory.
“We scored some great goals due to all the hard work we did in training this past week,” Co-op Highlanders’ head coach Dave Dew commented.
Next up for the women is the PCSL Challenge Cup Tournament on the weekend of July 26 – 27 at Kings Park, Penticton. For more information, please visit www.highlandersfc.ca