Posted on: Monday, June 24, 2013
The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders (6-1-2) have extended their win streak to five with a 6-0 victory over NSGSC Eagles (5-5-1). The Highlanders now sit second in the Pacific Coast Soccer League Premier Women’s league with 20 points. They are tied with Kamloops Heat but have a game in hand.
The Highlanders were able to control much of the play throughout the game, not giving the Eagles and chances in the first half. Elise Wyatt opened the scoring in the 9’ minute when she came into the left side of the box and chipped it far side. In the following minutes Victoria was able to rack up a few more chances but was not able to convert. Half way through the first they began to look disjointed and, although keeping play in the Eagles’ end, were unable to create open looks. That was until the end, when Mariel Solsberg had her shot tipped by the keeper and out of play for a corner. The ensuing corner was taken and one of the Eagles’ defenders put her hands out and stopped a scrambled shot in the box for a Highlanders’ penalty-kick. Liz Hansen was able to capitalize on the penalty in extra time, putting the Highlanders up 2-0.
The Highlanders came into the second half with a different looking squad, determined to push the pace and maintain control of possession. Their efforts were rewarded and the substitutes were able to come out with a new vigor.
“A real testament to our depth,” said Head Coach Dave Dew.
Jackie Harrison took a pass from Solsberg in the 50’ minute and scored from 18 yards out. Just nine minutes later, Aby Raymer was able to score her first of the game when Sarah Douglas gave her the ball after a bit of nifty footwork to lose the defender. Katie Kraeutner had her first shot of the game hit the crossbar and go out in the 70’ minute. However, Douglas managed to capitalize just a minute later off a pass from Livingstone. Hansen assisted on Raymer’s second and the last goal of the game to cap off a flurry of goals one minute after that in the 72’ to put the Highlanders up 6-0.
Peninsula Co-op Highlanders’ next game is Saturday, 2pm at Tyndall Turf when they host the league-leading Vancouver Whitecaps. The Men’s squad rounds out their season July 13th when then host the Portland Timbers, 7pm at Royal Athletic Park.