W-League season opens Sun., PDL gets underway Sat.
Victoria Highlanders FC News Release - www.victoriahighlandersfc.com
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
VICTORIA, B.C. - Vancouver Island’s best soccer players will kick off their season this weekend as both men’s and women’s Highlander teams take to the field at Royal Athletic Park. The men open play at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday against the Sounders FC U23, and the women taking on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Women at 2 p.m. PT Sunday, followed at 5 p.m. by the second PDL game in as many days vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23.
Playing in the highly competitive Premier Development League (PDL) the men’s team is looking to build on last season’s strong finish and advance further into the playoffs.
“Our division is going to be the toughest in the entire league,” Highlanders captain Tyler Hughes said. “We’re expect a season of exciting, competitive soccer, with a great mix of younger players moving up from our u-21 team and a number of foreign players coming into the squad that will no doubt raise the level of the team and add a certain element that we don’t see in the local game.”
Preparing for the season opener, the squad faced off against a pair of Washington State teams from the University of Washington and Peninsula College, holding both opponents off the scoreboard.
“These were great tune-up matches, and gave us a good indication of the level of play we need to achieve in order to be successful this year,” Coach Ian Bridge said. “It was a great chance to see all of the players in a game situation, and for them to develop as a team.”
The W-League squad, led by team captain Liz Hansen, is approaching its season opener with a great deal of confidence, bolstered by several weeks of intense training.
“I think players have come in ready to go this year,” Hansen said. “We have some very talented players, including defender Kelsey Tikka and Victoria’s own Katie Krautner, and we’ll be facing some strong opponents, especially with several teams picking up players from the [WPS] this season.”
With all home games taking place at Royal Athletic Park, Highlanders Soccer promises Victorians a highly competitive and entertaining season for both the W-League and PDL sides, with single-game tickets starting at $10 for adults, $5 for youth, and no cost for children 12 and under. Season passes are an even better value at only $84, and include access to both the PDL and W-League complete seasons.
With new on-site food options, including the highly acclaimed Pig BBQ, great pre-game and halftime activities, prizes, giveaways, team merchandise and a family-friendly environment, Highlanders soccer is a great choice for an afternoon or evening’s entertainment.