Varsity vs Highlanders (Men): Recap

Sam Aiello

VANCOUVER — Varsity made it two wins out of two when they defeated Highlanders FC 3-0 on an overcast Saturday afternoon.

The first half saw some inconsistent play from both teams, with not much possession being held. Both teams had chances, yet it was Varsity who took the lead going into half-time. Caleb Clarke’s toe-poke finish following a good cross from Nicholas Momotani saw the home-side go up 1-0. Highlanders may have felt slightly disgruntled having had some good chances of their own go missing. Despite this, Varsity did well to, for the most part, reduce the attacking threats that Highlanders poised.

“I am pleased with the overall performance from the group. We absorbed some pressure and opportunities from the opposition in the first half, but were still able to be on top at half despite not our best performance,” said head coach Mike Mosher, whose assessment of the first half was an indicator of implementing a different strategy for the second half.

And this new strategy employed by Mosher certainly worked. Varsity had a more well-rounded half, capped-off with two late goals scored by Nicholas Fussell and Bradley Richardson in the 79th and 84th minutes, respectively. Fussell found himself in the right place at the right time when he tapped home Logan Chung’s cutback across the six-yard line. Richardson, in a goal that was uncannily similar to Clarke’s goal against Unity, found himself with only the keeper to beat after Thomas Gardner’s surgical pass cut through the Highlanders backline. Keeping his composure, Richardson rounded the keeper and slotted in the third and final goal of the match, ensuring a Varsity FC victory on the day.

“We adapted well for the second half, players coming into the game had positive impacts on the game and I am especially pleased that we come out with another clean sheet,” said Mosher. “I am confident we will create chances and score goals, but I really want for us to be stingy defensively and make teams earn scoring chances against us.”

Mosher and his side now set their sights on a Tuesday night fixture against Altitude FC. The quick turn-around may prove difficult, but Mosher remains unphased and confident in his squad’s ability:

“Very happy to have a full six points from our two games thus far and we look ahead to Tuesday’s match up with Altitude. The games will come pretty regular over the next couple of weeks and we hope to keep this momentum rolling.”

Varsity host Altitude FC at Dhillon Field on Tuesday June 7. Kick-off is at 5:30 PM PST.

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