Posted on: Monday, February 1, 2010
Highlanders FC reserve team kicks off 2010 season in PCSL
The board of the Pacific Coast Soccer League has opened its arms to welcome the Highlanders FC into the Men’s Premier Division for the 2010 season.
“The PCSL has had a long & colorful history for more than 75 years. Changes have been ongoing, to meet the demands that development & expansion brings to the game,” explained league president Dave Collard.
“The entry of the Victoria Highlanders Reserves adds to another part of its history,” he added, explaining that the PCSL is an inter-city, cross-border league with a season that runs typically from May to August.
Member clubs are drawn from across the Pacific Northwest, and represent one of the highest levels of competition and the opportunity to travel the
“The PCSL and Victoria Highlanders FC share the same goals of the advancement and encasement of soccer,” stated Collard, who then wished the franchise “all the very best in your inaugural PCSL 2010 Season.”
The Highlanders Reserve squad will be coached by first team Assistant, Steve Simonson who also works for the club as their Director of Youth Development. “Entering the PCSL will give the younger players valuable experience in high pressure situations. There is a lot at stake; our players will be going up against older players at a very competitive level”. JJ Atterbury and Goalkeeper Coach Bob Stankov will assist Simonson.
In 2009 the Reserves were a “training only” side that was kept game fit should they be summoned by the first team. Seventeen year old midfielder Darren Jones started the year with the reserves and by mid season was a starter for the PDL team. And, more young players like Chris Arnett, Chris Merriman, Bobby Eng and Andrew Ravenhill all dressed for at least one match in the inaugural season for the Highlanders.
GM, Drew Finerty is of the opinion that the best young players must train regularly and be game fit should they be called on in support. “We have assembled a very good group of U20 athletes that will one day soon be first team players and to have the opportunity to compete in a strong league like the PCSL will only make them better. To be successful in the PDL, we need to have a strong cast of support players that will develop and be ready for promotion to the first side”.
The Reserves kick off the 2010 season May 2nd when Khalsa visits the