Posted on: Saturday, July 27, 2013
The Peninsula Co-op Highlanders fell 4-3 in their semi-final match Saturday afternoon, after going up 6-4 in the final five minutes of the second overtime, the Kamloops Heat stormed back to force a shootout and push the Highlanders to an early playoff exit that also ended their impressive 2013 Pacific Coast Soccer League season.
Kristen Livingstone scored the first Highlanders goal, assisted by Elise Wyatt to draw Victoria level with Kamloops. The Heat would strike again in the opening 45-minutes before Liz Hansen would receive a ball from Jaclyn Sawicki and fire it into the net to pull the Co-op Highlanders level once again. The first half would end 2-2.
“I didn’t think that we started very well,” said Head Coach Dave Dew. “They physically dominated us, especially in the air.”
Thanks to a shot from the Highlanders that hit the post at 59-minutes, a massive save on Wyatt and a ball off the crossbar from Reichgeld, the second half would end the same way it began, with both teams tied at two goals apiece.
Three minutes into extra-time, the Heat netted their third of the match. The Highlanders responded with another goal from Hansen to tie it up once again. The goals would continue to come when Kamloops would pull ahead once again with another goal before Hansen would get her third of the match to deadlock the teams at 4-4.
Minutes later, Sawicki would net her first of the game. Giving the Highlanders their first lead of the game 5-4 in the second overtime. She would increase the lead to 6-4 with less than five minutes remaining and a trip to Sunday’s finals looked all but sealed.
The Heat had other ideas, pulling even with Victoria after Alanna Bekkering scored two goals to close out the second half of extra-time. One off a penalty shot after being taken down and another blast that went post and in.
The game would head to a shootout where the women would eventually fall 4-3, ending an impressive 2013 campaign. Despite the loss, Dew was able to pull positives from an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the women’s team.
“It’s our first year back in this league, so now we just got to build from here,” said Dew. “We’re so young, our average age isn’t even 21, so we have a huge future.”