It was the most successful Victoria Highlanders premier men’s soccer season to date.
The Highlanders season came to a close Friday (Aug. 2) in Austin, Texas, in a 2-0 loss to the Thunder Bay Chill in the semifinal of the Premier Development League Championship final four.
Thunder Bay’s Sergio Campano and Sullivan Silva scored the goals in the second half as the Chill won the all-Canadian match-up. The Highlanders were in it until the end, as the Chill’s second goal didn’t come until the 90th minute.
Elliot Mitrou (Oak Bay High) played an exceptional match in net, making several key saves. Defender Andrew Ravenhill also stood out, generating several corner kick opportunities for his squad.
It was the Highlanders’ first trip to the PDL championship and first Northwest Division and Western Conference titles.