SOCCER: Ryan Cup girls city final is Thursday; Highlanders open season on road; New Vancouver Island Wave team holding evaluations for EA Sports Premier League

Glenlyon Norfolk’s Jessica Grundman and Oak Bay’s Maddie Secco battle during a recent game at UVic. GNS faced Claremont and Oak Bay played Parkland in the Ryan Cup semifinals earlier this week.

Competition for the Ryan Cup, the city championship for high school girls soccer paired down to its final two teams on Tuesday.

Results for tomorrow’s (May 12) Ryan Cup final will be posted online at

The Ryan Cup is an open tournament featuring AAA, AA/A tiered schools. GNS are the incumbent champions.

The final is 3:30 p.m. at UVic between two of four teams, Claremont, Oak Bay, Parkland and Glenlyon Norfolk School. Claremont and GNS played their semifinal on Monday, Parkland and Oak Bay were in the other semifinal on Tuesday. Results for both games were past the News deadline.

GNS went into the semifinals on a roll, having co-hosted and won the Independent Schools Association soccer championship over the weekend. The Gryphons defeated Shawnigan Lake 3-0 and Southridge 2-1 before handling Brentwood College 3-0 in the final. Grade 9 Diana Chkipov scored twice and Grade 12 Madeline Silver scored the other goal in the final. St. Michaels University school also hosted the tourney but ended up sixth.

Highlanders split opening roadie

The Victoria Highlanders started the 2011 season with a stunner, beating the 2010 Professional Development League champion Portland Timbers 1-0 in Portland on Saturday.

It was Portland’s first loss after a 20-game undefeated streak.

Highlanders’ goalie Elliot Mitrou, an Oak Bay High grad, stopped two penalty kicks to preserve the narrow lead.

Midfielder Jordie Hughes was injured on a harsh tackle from behind, sending him to hospital for several stitches over his right eye. Sub Jared Stephens came in at the 40th minute and scored from the top of the box in the 54th minute off a pass from Andrew Ravenhill. Mitrou was a surprise starter in place of injured Trevor Stiles, who did not make the trip.

On Sunday the Highlanders lost 2-1 to the Kitsap Pumas. Hughes, back from injury for Sunday’s tilt, scored on a penalty kick in the 40th minute. The Pumas stole the game, however, with a 79th minute penalty shot and Cam Hepple goal in the 85th minute.

Next up for the Highlanders is another road game, Sunday (May 15) against the Abbotsford Mariners.

LISA tryouts for new premier league

The tryout schedule for the Vancouver Island Wave representative team for the lower and upper island soccer associations has been released. Five boys teams and girls teams, U13, U14, U15, U16, and U18, will play in the new EA Sports B.C. Soccer Premier League beginning in September.

The evaluation process for the teams began May 8 in Nanaimo. They continue in Victoria throughout May. Evaluation schedules are available at

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