Posted on: Monday, July 15, 2013
The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders faced Okanagan FC Saturday evening, looking to push their winning streak into the double-digit column.
The first 45 minutes of play saw Peninsula Co-op dominate possession, with several chances going just wide of the net. The Highlanders would open the scoring in the 18th minute, when Sarah Douglas moved through the 18-yard box with the ball before firing a blast past Okanagan FC goalkeeper Sonia Ralston.
Opportunities for Okanagan FC would present themselves in the form of two free kicks but the chances would sail harmlessly over the net.
In the 34th minute, Mariel Solsberg would flutter a bouncing shot on Ralston that would slip past the goalkeeper to the bottom left of the net, putting the Highlanders up 2-0 heading into halftime.
The Highlanders settled back into their style of play for the second half, maintaining possession of play for a majority of the remaining 45-minutes. Sarah Douglas added to her goal total, netting two goals to earn her a hat trick. Solsberg and Abbi Raymer also netted goals of their own, pushing the Co-op Highlanders to their tenth straight win.
Sunday’s match against Fraser Valley Action saw the women playing their second game of the weekend, with Head Coach Dave Dew praising his teams effort in Sunday’s tilt.
“We did quite well, played pretty well,” said Dew. “Better than we played on Saturday, I thought.”
It was a tougher task Sunday for the Highlanders, who saw the game deadlocked at 0-0 after 45-minutes, thanks to large saves by the opposition goalkeeper.
“We caused them all kinds of problems, but we couldn’t seem to put the game away,” said Dew. “So with 12-minutes left I threw Liz [Hansen] in the game and she was involved in all three goals in the last ten minutes.”
The goals came once again from Sarah Douglas, who pushed her goal total on the weekend to five with two in Sunday’s match. Jayme Cawley rounded out the scoring, netting her first as a Highlander. The women would win 3-0 thanks to a late goal scoring surge, pushing their win streak to 11-straight with Sunday’s victory.
The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders head to Trinity Western to once again face Fraser Valley in their season finale, next Saturday, July 20 at 2pm. For more information please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com