Highlanders Host Calgary Foothills in Father's Day Matchup

by Joshua Rendle

Photo: Kelly Wallace

VICTORIA, BC - Victoria Highlanders FC (2-5-0) host division leaders Calgary Foothills FC (5-1-2) in Week 7 of the Premier Development League (PDL) regular season, June 17 (2:00 PM PST KO) at the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Centennial Stadium.


The Highlanders return to Centennial Stadium this Sunday looking for revenge versus Calgary Foothills FC after dropping two closely contested matches to open the 2018 season in Calgary.

Highlanders are coming off a week break, following a three point weekend versus Sounders U-23 and rivals TSS Rovers. The match will be streamed online through the Highlanders Official YouTube channel.

Highlanders enter this game looking to rebound from their loss against rivals TSS FC Rovers. Highlanders dropped three points in a tough 2-1 loss in Burnaby at Swangard Stadium.

A few standout players throughout the match included defenders Peter Schaale and Callum Montgomery. Schaale shut down the deadly TSS forwards throughout the second half giving the Highlanders a chance to comeback from a score of 2-0 down.

Montgomery in the final minutes of the game was able to find the back of the net to break the home lead in half. However, TSS left with all three points as the Highlanders ran out of time to find an equalizer.

The Highlanders have had a week off to regroup and now aim to take down a strong Foothills side.

“We had a very good week of practice, we continued to work on our approach we want to take into our games,” commented Highlanders head coach Thomas Niendorf.  “We are eager to get back to the field and prove that we can accomplish better results than in the first half of the season. We trust our game plan but need to improve the finishing aspect.”

Calgary travel to Victoria following a four point weekend versus Lane United FC and Seattle Sounders U-23. Calgary hosted Lane United last Friday night in a tight matchup that finished 0-0.

Calgary then traveled to Sunset Stadium in Sumner, Washington to take on Sounders U-23 in another exciting clash to cement their position at the top of the division further.

Foothills came away with all three points with a brace from Ajeej Sarkaria and a goal registered by Sergio Camargo to come away with the 3-1 win.

Calgary will be traveling to Victoria from Swangard Stadium following a 1-0 win versus TSS FC Rovers on Friday night to build their lead at the top of the division.

“Calgary Foothills is an experienced team with a deep pool of players,” added Niendorf. “They are the leaders of the division giving us a perfect opportunity to show our fans that we can compete with them and produce a winning effort.”

2018 Series
Highlanders opened up their 2018 Premier Development League(PDL) season away to Calgary with a double header.

In a closely contested matchup Highlanders dropped the first of two games on Friday, May 11 by a score of 2-0. Goals were registered by Calgary’s Ali Musse and Nico Pasquotti. On Sunday, May 13 in another tough game Highlanders dropped points with a single goal scored by Calgary’s Moses Danto.

Foothills have only lost one game out of eight so far this year in another strong PDL season. Victoria looks to match their rivals, TSS FC Rovers’ result ending Calgary’s unbeaten streak in week 5 of the PDL season.

Tickets are available for Sunday’s Father’s Day clash against Calgary Foothills FC at Centennial Stadium at www.highlandersfc.ca/tickets. For more information, please visit www.highlandersfc.ca.

2018 PDL Regular Season – Week 7
Centennial Stadium – University of Victoria
June 17, 2018 – 2:00 pm PST
WATCH: Highlanders YouTube Channel

About Victoria Highlanders FC
Behind the scenes, the Highlanders organization has undergone a complete overhaul since the 2017 PDL season. A new ownership group, new logo and an unprecedented number of local partners have come together to put the club back on the sporting map. The changes are a positive step for the club, who will be aiming to rise to the top of Victoria’s sporting scene with fresh game-day activations and professional structure.

Last season the Highlanders competed in the Premier Development League (PDL). Developing a path for aspiring professional soccer players to reach the highest level. Notable players such as Brett Levis (Whitecaps FC), Jamar Dixon (Ottawa Fury), and Matt Polster (Chicago Fire) are just a few of the notable alumni that have come through Victoria’s ranks.