Friday, June 14, 2013
VICTORIA, B.C. -- The Victoria Highlanders took a 3-1 victory against the North Sound SeaWolves in front of 1,379 fans at Royal Athletic Park. The victory was the Highlanders' second in a row, and pulled them into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division with the Portland Timbers U-23s.
The SeaWolves were aggressive early, hitting a post and forcing Highlanders goalkeeper Elliot Mitrou to make his first save before the clock had hit the one-minute mark. The SeaWolves would get another great opportunity at the five-minute mark, hitting the crossbar again.
Five minutes later, Brett Levis sprung forward Craig Gorman, who went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, shifting to the left and then firing it into the open net to put the Highlanders up 1-0, earning Gorman his first goal of the 2013 season. The Highlanders kept up the pressure, with Gorman receiving the ball in front of the net before he made a heads-up play to Blair Sturrock who picked his shot and fired it into the back left of the net in the 24th minute.
Following the Highlanders' second goal, the SeaWolves stepped up their play and looked to be the more aggressive team, save for a couple of chances by the Highlanders. The SeaWolves chances included a free kick that failed to connect. Bradley Jacobson was the most dangerous player for the SeaWolves, firing a total of five shots in a first half that would end with the home team up 2-0.
The Highlanders went close to a third goal early in the second half when Levis passed to Gorman who in turn fed it to Jordie Hughes, however the play would fail to produce, keeping the Highlanders lead at 2-0. Jacobson continued to be the most active player in the second half for the SeaWolves, firing two more shots—he would finish with seven on the game.
The Highlanders lead looked threatened when David Durrant received a volley from Braxton that he volleyed over Mitrou in the 83rd minute, cutting the Highlanders' lead to 2-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining.
In stoppage time the Highlanders would add an insurance goal as Hughes would receive the ball from a throw-in, quickly firing a shot from a sharp angle that beat the SeaWolves goalkeeper. The Durrant goal would be the only goal allowed by the Highlanders in the second half, who would hold on to win their second game in a row, bringing their win total to five on the season.
The Highlanders now head on a road trip, beginning with a rematch against North Sound on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Edmonds Stadium. For more information please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com.