The Victoria Highlanders have taken over first place in the Northwest Division of the PDL after they rallied for four second-half goals and routed Washington Crossfire 4:1 Friday June 18 at Interbay Stadium.
Washington Crossfire forward Kevin Forrest battles on the turf against two Victoria defenders last night at Interbay Stadium in Seattle. (Dale Garvey.)
See Dale Garvey’s match gallery below.
See Victoria’s home page for their initial match report.
Jordie Hughes scored twice, his 6th and 7th of the season to lead the Highlanders back from a 0-1 deficit and take the first leg of their Washington road trip Friday night with a convincing 4-1 win in Seattle over the Crossfire. Hughes scored at 68 minutes to erase the Crossfire early lead, before Craig Gorman’s with his third, scored the eventual winner soon after. Winger Kareem Henry scored his second of the year before Hughes iced the game with his second at 80 minutes. Brandon Watson picked up the win in net as veteran Trevor Stiles is still week-to-week with concussion symptons. With the win, the Highlanders moved into first place overall in the PDL.
Crossfire released this recap of the match:
(Seattle, WA)- In what many would regard as the best 65 minutes of football Washington Crossfire (2-6-0) has played all season, the visiting Victoria Highlanders (7-1-1) found themselves down 1-0 late in the game at Interbay stadium. Following a strong defensive performance and an excellent set piece off of a corner kick that was headed in by midfielder Cameron Lamming in the 40th minute, Crossfire looked the better part of a team that had struggled to gain early advantages in the season.
Unfortunately, football is a game of 90 minutes, and shortly after a one on one shot by striker Kevin Forrest was parried by keeper Brandon Watson, Victoria midfielder Jordie Hughes unleashed a 25 yard blast in the 67th minute, quickly evening the game at 1-1. Crossfire attempted to right the ship and press forward, searching for a crucial victory, unfortunately Hughes’ strike turned out to be a sign of things to come. Beginning in the 73rd minute and ending in the 78th minute, the Victoria Highlanders penetrated what had been a solid wall to that point 3 separate times in five minutes, increasing the tally to 4-1, where the score would stay for the remainder of the game.
A stunned crowd left Interbay Stadium speechless, after seeing the home team crumble late in the game, with what has usually been a strong finishing squad throughout the season. With the victory the Victoria Highlanders moved to the top of the table in the Pacific Northwest Division in the PDL, granted with two games in hand over the second place Portland Timbers U-23. Washington Crossfire will next face the winless Vancouver Whitecaps Residency squad at Interbay Stadium on Friday, June 25th. Kickoff is at 7pm.