Posted on: Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Victoria Highlanders FC earned their second victory in as many games this season, winning 3-2 over provincial rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23. Victoria’s Jordie Hughes opened and closed the scoring in the game, earning him Bayview’s Player of the Match honours in the process.
Hughes’ first tally of the match occurred at the 50-minute mark, when he tapped a ball past Vancouver goalkeeper Simon Thomas. The lead would not last long, however, as Whitecaps striker Niall Cousens converted on a pass from Sasa Plavsic that beat Victoria keeper Elliot Mitrou at the 52-minute mark. The flurry of goals continued just a minute later, with Riley O’Neill converting a corner-kick by Tyler Hughes at 53 minutes.
Hughes extended the lead for Victoria after converting a breakaway pass from Craig Gorman, sliding the ball past Thomas to put the Highlanders up 3-1 with nine minutes remaining. The Whitecaps would cut the lead to one, when Cousens scored his second of the match on a feed from University of Victoria Vike Cam Hundal. That was as close as the Whitecaps got, with the Highlanders holding strong to earn the season's second victory.
“Jordie had a good all around performance tonight, causing problems and he was the penetrative threat for most of the game for us,” said Men’s Assistant Coach Neil Sedjwick, “Our players were able to find him a number of times. The two goals were Jordie Hughes specials, he’s tremendous in and around the box, getting the shot off quickily, finishes off the corner…then the penetrative running, first-time finish past the keeper that was just at another level.”
The Highlanders will now shift their focus towards Sunday’s matchup at home against the Seattle Sounders. Kick-off is set for 1pm at Royal Athletic Park.
Scoring Summary:50' - VIC - Jordie Hughes
52' - VAN - Niall Cousens (Plavsic)
53' - VIC - Riley O'Neill (Hughes)
81' - VIC - Jordie Hughes (Gorman)
87' - VAN - Niall Cousens (Hundal)
Shots: Vancouver 11 - Victoria 13
Saves: Vancouver 5 - Victoria 2
Fouls: Vancouver 10 - Victoria 4
Offsides: Vancouver 0 - Victoria 3
Corners: Vancouver 5 - Victoria 5
32' - VIC - Riley O'Neill (Caution)
61' - VAN - Sasa Plavsic (Caution)
64' - VAN - Bobby Jhutty (Caution)
Whitecaps FC U-23:
1.Simon Thomas; 5.Derrick Bassi, 6.Adam Clement (2.Colton O'Neill 81'), 16.Michael Winter, 3.Ethan Sampson (4.James Farenhorst 85'); 20.Aminu Abdallah, 7.Harry Lakhan, 23.Cam Hundal, 10.Bhupinder Jhutty; 17.Niall Cousens, 12.Sasa Plavsic (21.Marco Vistinin 65')
13.Sean Melvin, 4.James Farenhorst, 9.Gagandeep Dosanjh, 24.Peter Bow, 2.Colton O'Neill, 21.Marco Visintin
Victoria Highlanders FC:
29.Elliot Mitrou; 4.Gavin Barrett, 13.Tyler Hughes, 5.Ryan Ashlee, 2.Kalem Scott; 10.Riley O'Neill, 14.Matt Polster, 22.Tarnvir Bhandal, 11.Craig Gorman; 16.Brett Levis 24.Gareth Langdon 90'), 17.Jordie Hughes
1.Joel Wilson, 19.Jermele Campbell, 24.Gareth Langdon, 20.Thomas Mallette, 18.Craig Taylor, 8.Bryan Taylor, 23.Adam Ravenhill