Posted on: Monday, July 8, 2013
Peninsula Co-op Highlanders (10-1-2) defeated North Shore Girls Soccer Club Eagles (5-7-2) in Vancouver yesterday, earning them their ninth straight victory and keeping them in contention for first place in the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s Premier Women’s division.
Yesterday’s 3-2 victory did not come nearly as easily as the last time these two teams met on June 23rd when the Highlanders defeated the Eagles 6-0. Highlanders leading scorer Liz Hansen was out of the line-up due to an injury sustained in Saturday’s game against Coquitlam. The Eagles took advantage early, with Kirsteen Buchan scoring in the 8th minute on a header from a free kick. Jackie Harrison evened the score sixteen minutes later in the 24th after receiving a pass from Mariel Solsberg. Harrison took the pass with her back to the net; she spun and scored with the sort of nifty move people have seen a lot of from her this season. The half ended in a 1-1 draw. The tie was broken after Harrison sent an angled through ball to Katie Kraeutner on the wing. Kraeutner then sent a low cross into the box that was finished by Shannon Elder in the 59th minute. The lead was doubled shortly afterwards when Kristen Livingstone was brought down in the penalty area on a breakaway. Harrison was picked to take the penalty and put it away for her second of the game. The Eagles didn’t go quietly, however. Buchan scored her second in the 86th minute off a free kick that bent around the wall of defenders to cut the lead in half. The Highlanders held on and walked away with an important three points.
“It was a really competitive game against a good side,” said Head Coach Dave Dew. “Just what we need to stay sharp and focused heading down the stretch to the playoffs. With Liz Hansen out of the line-up, Jackie really stepped up and did the business for us scoring two goals and being involved in the third.”
The Highlanders look to push their winning streak to double digits this Saturday, the 13th, when they host Okanagan FC at Royal Athletic Park as part of the Highlanders double header.