Posted on: Monday, July 22, 2013
Peninsula Co-op Highlanders have finished their season with a record of 13-1-2 after defeating Fraser Valley Action 4-0 on Saturday. Though the match had no effect on the standings, with the Highlanders being secure in the second spot and Fraser Valley out of contention, Victoria’s players came to win and maintain form heading into the playoffs.
The scoring was opened in the 10th minute. Jackie Harrison received the ball from Jaclyn Sawicki, who returned from playing in Russia in the Universiade. Harrison turned and fired from the top of the 18-yard box, putting Victoria’s squad up 1-0. 15 minutes later, Abi Raymer doubled the lead. Kristen Livingstone laid it off and Raymer was able to convert on the half-chance from the top of the box. The Highlanders got their third goal early in the second half when Elise Wyatt received a long ball that went over the Action’s defenders. She finished the breakaway emphatically by hammering the ball into the back corner of the net. The scoring was closed out late in the game, in the 85th minute, by Katie Kraeutner. Sawicki sent a diagonal pass through to Wyatt who flicked it back to Kraeutner. Kraeutner was able to make the most of a bouncing ball and put it away for a 4-0 final.
The Highlanders were missing some key senior players and were able to give younger players field time. Bronte Fitzsimmons, Staph Badilla, Sachi Swift and goalkeeper Tilly Hadley were all given the opportunity to play in the Pacific Coast Soccer League for the first time. Three of the players are under the age of 18, showing promise for the Highlanders’ future.
"I was very impressed with the maturity shown by the younger players in the game,” said Head Coach Dave Dew. “Also getting Sawicki back in the team from her stint in Russia at the FISU games was great. She did not miss a beat; setting up 2 goals and hitting the cross bar in the first half."
Victoria had a strong end to the regular season. They ride a 12-game winning streak into the playoffs. A streak that’s seen them outscore opponents 58-10. They are set to face Kamloops Heat this weekend when they travel to Coquitlam for the Challenge Cup.