Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Week In Soccer Review, June 17th, 2019

This Week in Vancouver Island Soccer...
Canadian Premier League: The good news is that Pacific FC no longer has the worst form of the league! That title now belongs to FC Edmonton as they come onto a 4-game losing streak. The bad news is we slunk further down the table this week, landing at number 6, just one point up from the aforementioned bottom dwellers, FC Edmonton, who have a game in hand on PFC. As we're getting closer to the end of the CPL Spring Season, it's clear that Pacific FC has some thinking to do if they want to have a different outcome during the Fall Season. It's unfortunate that a lack of squad depth and a crisis of injuries has left the team a shell of what it could have been for its inaugural season, with only 5 points and as many goals after 7 games played. Cavalry FC continues to run away with the league, with the full count of 18 points from the 6 games they've played. Forge FC is trailing close behind in second place with 16 points but Calgary still has two games in hand to rack up additional wins. It'll be a busy week for the Lake Side Buoys, with a Pacific FC viewing party on Thursday at the Yates Street Taphouse (5PM) and a home game out at Westhills Stadium on Sunday. Come out for our Sausage Fest Tailgate, starting at 11am! USL League 2, Northwest Division: The rest of Vancouver Island Soccer is far more cheerful, as last Sunday saw the Victoria Highlanders FC put on a show that fans won't soon forget. With a 6-0 scoreline that included a brace each for Daniel Davidson and Goteh Ntignee, the visiting Portland Timbers U23s left Centennial Stadium without a point to show for it. Simon Norgrove picks up a clean sheet for his work in Victoria's net, and it must be mentioned that despite allowing 6 goals in, the Timber's keeper Wilson made some amazing saves (including a penalty save which rebounded and was capitalized on by some quick thinking Highlanders) that probably kept the scoreline from going into the double digits. Check out the action in this highlights reel:

This win places the Highlanders on the second place in the competitive Northwest Division, a single point behind 2018 Champions Calgary Foothills FC, though VHFC still has two games in hand over the league leaders. Lane United FC is tied with us on points, but we squeak by them barely on goal difference. The Portland Timbers U23s have had an utterly dismal season, languishing at the bottom of the table with only 5 points after 9 games played. As if our viewing schedule wasn't tight enough this coming week, the Highlanders return to Centennial Stadium on Friday at 7:15pm AND on Sunday at 2:00pm in an all-Calgary clash weekend.
WPSL, Northwest Conference: Vancouver Island FC picked up back to back wins over the weekend, grabbing 6 points which rocketed them up to the top of the table, tied for first place on points with Seattle Sounders Women. Their first home game on Saturday at Westhills Stadium against the Westside Timbers saw a 2-1 scoreline and a small contingent of Lake Side Buoys cheering for the home team. The following day on Sunday saw them competing against OSA XF and picking up a tight 1-0 victory. The ladies only have two remaining games to their inaugural season and they'll be taking some well deserved time off before then. VIFC's next home game is on Sunday, June 30th at the Westhills-Stadium-adjacent Goudy Turf Field where they'll take on the Eugene Timbers FC at 12:30 PM. And now you're all caught up.