Highlanders open 2015 with wins

The U-21’s showed no rust despite over a month between Vancouver Island Soccer League matches

The Highlanders Prospect men returned to action last weekend, with the U-21’s facing off against Peninsula U-21, while the Division 2 squad registered its eighth win of the 2014-15 campaign against Gordon Head Blazers.

U-21 Prospect Men

The U-21’s showed no rust despite over a month between Vancouver Island Soccer League matches, cruising to a 5-1 win – their ninth victory of the season.

The division-leading Highlanders were led on offence by Andre Earthy-Find, who recorded a brace in the match. Teammates Mitch Lefebvre, Sam Fletcher and Kwasun Cook Thomas each potted a goal as well, while Adam Donald registered the lone tally for Peninsula.

Earth-Find and Parker Phillips earned game MVP honours for the Highlanders and Peninsula, respectively. The U-21’s currently sit at the top of the table with a 9-1-2 record, and have won four of the past five matches dating back to Nov. 9.

Division 2 Prospect Men

The Division 2 Highlanders also claimed victory over the weekend, with Highlander Brian Im leading his squad with a brace in the game, while Earthy-Find and Liam McManaman each tallied goals of their own.

Paulo Almeida earned a brace of his own for the Blazers, with teammate Darren Saunders notching the third goal for his side.

Im and Almeida would earn eventual game MVP honours for their performances. The Division 2 squad currently sit at 8-3-3 and have gone undefeated in their past five matches dating back to Nov. 9.

The top two teams in Division 2 face off today (Jan 23), as first-place Lakehill United host the Highlanders at Braefoot Park at 8 p.m. Lakehill’s nine wins and 29 points puts them four points up on the Highlanders, who sit in second-place with 24 points.

With a Bye week on hand, the U-21’s will next see action, Jan. 31 against Nanaimo United FC.

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