Posted on: Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Victoria Highlanders wrapped up their 2013 regular season Saturday night, losing 2-1 to a Portland Timbers U-23 squad that had conceded the division title to Victoria following a draw with Vancouver Whitecaps the previous night.
The Highlanders finished their regular season Saturday evening at Royal Athletic Park, having clinched the Northwest Division crown the previous evening after Portland played to a draw against Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Highlanders opened the first 20-minutes of the match without much urgency to their game, with Portland earning much of the possession in that time. Despite much time in the attacking zone, the Highlanders were awarded a corner kick in the 23rd minute. Tyler Hughes would arc a shot that Blair Sturrock would deflect at the six-yard box. The deflection would then bank of Sahil Sandhu and past Portland ‘keeper Blake Hylen, putting the Highlanders up 1-0.
Following the goal the Highlanders would add pressure, with Sandhu breaking in at the 35th minute towards the net before being tracked down by Portland’s defender.
At the 39th minute, Elliot Mitrou made his largest save of the first half, stopping a point-blank shot by Eric Miller to keep the Highlanders up 1-0 heading into halftime.
To open the second half, Brett Levis sprung up the left side before having the ball stripped before he could get a shot. At 54-minutes Levis outplayed the Portland defender from his feet, a move that received a large roar from the crowd.
At the 65th minute, Jame Valasco, took the ball of his chest after a scramble and rifled a shot over top of goalkeeper Joel Wilson to even the score at a goal apiece.
At 70-minutes, Cam Stokes looked to put the Highlanders ahead when he rang a shot off the post from the top of the 18-yard box.
The Highlanders would allow Portland some looks following the goal against, it would come back to haunt them in the 78th minute, when Mark Daus would finish a play that began off a corner kick, firing a shot after a scramble that beat Highlanders keeper ‘Wilson and put the away side up 2-1 with ten minutes remaining.
The Highlanders would be unable to mount a play to tie the game, dropping their final game of the season. With no influence on standings the Highlanders finish the season as Northwest Division PDL Champions.
Next up for Highlanders FC is the playoffs. More details will be available shortly.