2013 Victoria Highlanders season
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The 2013 Victoria Highlanders season was the club's fifth season of existence, and their fifth consecutive season in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth division of both the Canadian and American soccer pyramids. For the Victoria Highlanders Women the 2013 season was 13th season of existence and their eleventh in the Pacific Coast Soccer League after dropping down from the W-League for economic reasons after the 2012 season.
2013 was one of the most successful seasons on and off the field for the Highlanders; the mens first team finished 8-4-2 first in the USL PDL NW Division and increased average attendance 57% to 1637, top ten in the USL PDL. The Highlanders made a playoff run with hard fought close wins over Ventura County Fusion and Portland Timbers U23 before a loss to the Thunder Bay Chill in an all-Canadian PDL national semifinal. The Highlanders started two 18-year-olds, a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old. Plus, 80 per cent of the roster was home-grown. The players really stood up for Vancouver Island and showed there is good soccer here. Victoria's run to the PDL Final Four was accomplished without a home playoff game after the Highlanders were unsuccessful with their bid to host the regional and national playoffs. The women also had a successful season finishing second in the PCSL Premier Women's Division with a 13-2-1 record. Their playoff season was ended in the first round after an epic loss via the penalty kick tiebreaker after four goals were scored in extra time.
- 1 Club
- 2 Competitions
- 3 Men's Statistics
- 4 Transfers
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
The Victoria Highlanders play in the Northwest Division of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (USL PDL). For 2013 with the Abbotsford Mariners folding after ten years in the league, they compete against seven teams primarily in Washington State. The number of regular season games has been reduced from sixteen to fourteen games. Seven is the smallest amount of teams since 2007. The largest number of teams was ten in 2009, with additional teams based in Abbotsford, Spokane, Yakima, and Salem (Oregon). Historically there have been a number of teams loosely associated with Oregon post secondary institutions in the league as well. With the USSDA and MLS teams concentrating soccer talent in the area it has gotten harder for other teams to draw players for the travelling league when local playing options are also available. The level of play may also have risen making it harder for smaller organizations to field competitive teams. There are also competitive pressures from the PCSL and potentially NPSL. While the USL PDL has higher fees and standards than these leagues, there is a commensurately higher level of professionalism as well. The USL PDL teams still do vary in their level of professionalism, but are less likely to have some teams having big gaps in their home schedules, playing mostly mid-week games, making less marketing effort, and scheduling more 2-games-in-2-days scenarios. The Highlanders as a Canadian team are not eligible for the US Open Cup and there is no 2013 Canadian version.
There are supporter groups for the 2013 season in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Bremerton, and Victoria. For information for things such as tailgating, away travel, and tifo see the associated forums, where they exist, for the Vancouver Southsiders, Emerald City Supporters (Seattle), Timbers Army (Portland), Kitsap Blue Guard, Kitsap Hellcats, and Lake Side Buoys (Victoria – Facebook). The BC based supporters groups sponsor the Juan de Fuca Plate and the Washington State teams play for the Ruffneck Cup
In November 2011 the City of Victoria announced it had accepted a bid from a Vancouver businessman to establish a West Coast League baseball team to become the sole anchor tenant of Royal Athletic Park (RAP) with a permanent outfield fence. Baseball teams of higher level leagues have used RAP in the past with a movable outfield fence. Public pressure during the municipal election resulted in the facility remaining multisport. As a secondary tenant, the Victoria Highlanders 2013 schedule was front loaded with all but one home game played before the baseball season third game. The Highlanders reserves and Highlanders Women 1st team home games were moved from RAP to Hampton Park and Tyndall Park respectively.
|No.||Name||Nationality||Position||Date of Birth (Age)||Height (cms)||Previous Club|
|1||Joel Wilson||Template:Flagcountry||GK||January 1, 2000||6' 5" (195)||Cowichan FC|
|29||Elloitt Mitrou||Template:Flagcountry||GK||December 2, 1991||6' 1" (185)||Bays United FC|
|30||Brock Reed||Template:Flagcountry||GK||January 31, 1994||6' 3" (191)||Lakehill Football Club|
|1||Rab Bruce-Lockhart||Template:Flagcountry||GK||April 14, 1994||6' 1" (185)||Bays United Soccer Club|
|5||Ryan Ashlee||Template:Flagcountry||DF||September 5, 1986||6' 3" (191)||St. Francis Xavier University|
|13||Tyler Hughes||Template:Flagcountry||DF||November 7, 1980||6' 1" (185)||Gorge FC|
|15||Andrew Ravenhill||Template:Flagcountry||DF||July 27, 1991||6' 1" (185)||Gorge FC|
|23||Adam Ravenhill||Template:Flagcountry||DF||November 24, 1993||5' 9" (175)||Gorge FC|
|2||Kalem Scott||Template:Flagcountry||DF||July 17, 1994||5' 9" (175)||Comox Valley United Soccer Club|
|4||Gavin Barrett||Template:Flagcountry||DF||February 19, 1990||6' 0" (183)||UVic Vikes|
|6||Andrew Phillips||Template:Flagcountry||MF||January 1, 1993||5' 10" (178)||Abbotsford Mariners|
|8||Bryan Taylor||Template:Flagcountry||MF||September 16, 1995||5' 10" (178)||Peninsula Soccer Club|
|8||Josh Heard||Template:Flagcountry||MF||November 29, 1994||5' 8" (172)||Lakehill Football Club|
|10||Riley O'Neill||Template:Flagcountry||MF||September 9, 1985||6' 3" (191)||Myllykosken Pallo −47|
|14||Wesley RB Barrett||Template:Flagcountry||MF||February 19, 1990||6' 0" (183)||UVic Vikes|
|16||Brett Levis||Template:Flagcountry||MF||January 1, 1993||5' 11" (181)||University of Saskatchewan|
|17||Jordan Hughes||Template:Flagcountry||MF||April 23, 1984||5' 10" (178)||Gorge FC|
|18||Craig Taylor||Template:Flagcountry||MF||May 8, 1992||5' 11" (180)||Peninsula Soccer Club|
|18||Cameron Stokes||Template:Flagcountry||MF||May 17, 1992||5' 11" (180)||UVic Vikes|
|20||Thomas Mallette||Template:Flagcountry||MF||December 24, 1990||5' 3" (160)||UVic Vikes|
|22||Tarnvir Bhandal||Template:Flagcountry||MF||January 22, 1995||5' 10" (178)||Lakehill Soccer Club|
|24||Matthew Polster||Template:Flagcountry||MF||February 19, 1990||5' 10" (178)||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville|
|28||Gareth Langdon||Template:Flagcountry||MF||December 12, 1994||6' 0" (183)||Peninsula Soccer Club|
|7||Sahil Sandhu||Template:Flagcountry||FW||May 1, 1991||5' 11" (180)||Vancouver Whitecaps Residency|
|11||Craig Gorman||Template:Flagcountry||FW||December 21, 1988||6 ' 0" (183)||St. Michael's Univ. School|
|19||Jermele Campbell||Template:Flagcountry||FW||May 12, 1992||5' 11" (180)||Edmonton Drillers SC|
|21||Blair Sturrock||Template:Flagcountry||FW||August 25, 1981||6' 0" (183)||Bishop's Stortford F.C.|
|26||Sam Prette||Template:Flagcountry||FW||January 28, 1994||6' 0" (183)||Cordova Bay Soccer Club|
• Note this list includes only players that have dressed in the eighteen.
After the 2012 season the Highlanders general manager, Drew Finerty, stepped aside. Mark deFrias was announced as the new general manager on October 22, 2012. DeFrias had been Athletic Marketing & Sponsorship Officer for the University of Victoria Vikes over the past three years. deFrias was Sales & Marketing Manager in 2009, the inaugural Victoria Highlanders season, and was event marketing assistant for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Coaching remained the same from the previous year after Steve Simonson took over the men’s first team mid-season.
|PDL Men's Head Coach and Boy's Prospects||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|PCSL Women's Coach||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|Assistant PCSL Women's Coach||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|Assistant PDL Men's Coach and Director of Youth Development||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|Owner & President||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|Community Relations Manager||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|Corporate & Community Relations||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|Vice President of Finance & Administration||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
|Sales & Marketing Officer||Template:Sortname||Template:Flagcountry|
Source: As Above
Men's First Team USL PDL
The USL PDL's 2013 rules will likely be similar to 2012. The rules are on the United Soccer Leagues website under "About" at the bottom of the home page, and then "Rules" on the right hand side bar.
The USL PDL season culminates with an inter-division single elimination playoff tournament to determine each season’s national champion. The NW Division has varied in how they have structured playoffs. Last year, in 2012, the NW Division had a play-in round with the league winner playing fourth and second playing third for two inter-division playoff spots against the SW Division. In 2009 the second and third placed teams played for the second playoff spot while the league winner qualified directly. From 1997 to 2008 and 2010-2011 only the top two league finishers qualified for the playoff tournament. In 2013 the format matches that of 2009.
Due to the smaller number of teams, only seven this year, the league moved away from the league principle (two games home and away against each team) to an unbalanced schedule with each team playing two other teams three times instead of twice. As such the league is less equitable, and with fewer playoff tournament play-in spots more emphasis is on league success. Each league game matters more than they did in 2012.
USL PDL Northwest Division Standings
The Victoria Highlanders compete in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (USL PDL). The 2013 NW Division schedule is not a balanced home and away schedule as it includes three games (instead of two) against their biggest rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U23, and also the North Sound Seawolves.
|2||Portland Timbers U-23||14||7||4||3||18||12||+6||25||4||0||2||9||5||+4||3||4||1||9||7||+2|
|3||Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23||14||7||3||4||30||22||+8||24||4||2||1||16||10||+6||3||1||3||14||13||+1|
|4||Seattle Sounders U-23||14||4||5||5||18||23||-5||17||4||2||1||8||5||+3||0||3||4||10||18||-8|
|7||North Sound SeaWolves||14||2||2||10||15||32||-17||8||1||1||5||9||16||-7||1||1||5||6||16||-10|
Last updated: July 20, 2013 
Note: click on the team for the 2013 team season wiki if it exists. The Whitecaps season wiki is part of the overall club's season wiki.
Note: Top two US-based teams qualify for the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup There is no equivalent Canadian Open Cup. Note: Playoff qualification format has varied from top 4, top 3, and top 2 qualifying. In 2012 the top four teams were seeded into a play-in round, denoted the conference quarterfinals, the winner’s of whom went into the round of 16 (called the conference semifinals) against the top two Southwest Division teams.
Pos. = Position; GP = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GF = Goal For; GA = Goal Against; Pts = Points; DNQ = Did Not Qualify
|Green||Qualified For Playoffs|
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Juan de Fuca Plate
The Juan de Fuca Plate is a supporter-sponsored competition for British Columbian clubs in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (USL PDL), a semi-professional league with clubs in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. Founded in 2012 by supporters of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Victoria Highlanders, the Juan de Fuca Plate is meant to spur interest across British Columbia in soccer at the semi-professional level, and to inspire good-natured rivalry between the competing cities. Standings in regular season games between all USL PDL teams in British Columbia count towards the championship. Every year, the winner will receive the Juan de Fuca Plate.
For the 2013 USL PDL season, teams competing for the Juan de Fuca Plate will be the Victoria Highlanders and the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency U-23 team. The first game of the 2013 Juan de Fuca Plate will take place May 17, 2013 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 1-1 draw June 28, 2013 resulted in the Vancouver Whitecaps U23 winning the Juan de Fuca plate on goal difference for the second year in a row.
Past Champions: 2012 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC U23
|1||Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23||1||1||1||0||7||6||+1||4|
Due to the large geographic area the USL PDL covers and the relatively modest financial means of most franchises/clubs, the league champion is determined in a single elimination knock-out tournament for which the top teams from each division qualify.
After finishing the league with six of the last seven on the road, the Highlanders did not win the bid to host the Western Conference round of sixteen and quarterfinals as Ventura County Fusion won the bid to host. The Highlanders came back twice to best the home team 2-3 in the round of sixteen in overtime. Luckily the other leg also went to extra time, so the Highlanders were not at a disadvantage for the quarterfinal game the next day. In the quarterfinal, the Highlanders topped NW Division compatriot Portland Timbers U23s 1-0 with an early goal to qualify for the semifinals.
The Highlanders' bid to host the finals was topped by the Austin Aztex, and so they headed on the road once again to the hot, humid summer climes of Texas. The competitiveness of the NW Division and resulting lower league point total made the Highlanders the fourth seed. Their semifinal match against the first seed, Thunder Bay Chill, was a 2-0 loss concluding a great season by the 30% supporter owned Victoria Highlanders.
Women's First Team PCSL
The Highlanders Women are playing in the Premier Women Division of the Pacific Coast Soccer League. This division is an open age division with nine teams, and the schedule consists of sixteen matches playing the eight other teams home and away per the league principle, commonly known as a balanced schedule.
Premier Women Division Standings
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Various team pages and local newspapers. Note the PCSL does not publish statistics or game reports. Locations:
|No.||Nat.||Player||Total||USL PDL||PDL Playoffs|
Template:Fb oi footer Italic: denotes player is no longer with team
|1||GK||Template:Flagicon Joel Wilson||1(1)||135||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1||GK||Template:Flagicon Rab Bruce-Lockhart||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||DF||Template:Flagicon Kalem Scott||13(2)||1209||0||0||7||12||1||0|
|4||DF||Template:Flagicon Gavin Barrett||7(7)||733||1||1||7||11||2||0|
|5||DF||Template:Flagicon Ryan Ashlee||17||1560||0||0||3||15||1||0|
|6||MF||Template:Flagicon Andrew Phillips||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|7||FW||Template:Flagicon Sahil Sandhu||4(2)||277||1||0||3||1||0||0|
|8||MF||Template:Flagicon Bryan Taylor||(1)||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||MF||Template:Flagicon Josh Heard||(1)||12||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||MF||Template:Flagicon Riley O'Neill||16||1470||4||0||14||24||6||0|
|11||FW||Template:Flagicon Craig Gorman||9(3)||683||1||3||10||3||0||0|
|13||DF||Template:Flagicon Tyler Hughes||17||1560||2||2||9||10||1||0|
|14||MF||Template:Flagicon Matthew Polster||3(1)||315||0||0||2||3||0||0|
|14||MF||Template:Flagicon Wesley RB Barrett||4(2)||339||0||0||4||1||0||0|
|15||DF||Template:Flagicon Andrew Ravenhill||15||1338||0||1||1||21||7||0|
|16||MF||Template:Flagicon Brett Levis||17||1541||12||5||53||12||1||0|
|17||MF||Template:Flagicon Jordan Hughes||13(1)||1161||9||2||31||7||0||0|
|18||MF||Template:Flagicon Craig Taylor||(1)||13||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|18||MF||Template:Flagicon Cameron Stokes||1(6)||202||0||0||5||2||0||0|
|19||FW||Template:Flagicon Jermele Campbell||1(3)||165||0||0||2||1||0||0|
|20||MF||Template:Flagicon Thomas Mallette||3(2)||237||2||0||8||2||1||0|
|21||FW||Template:Flagicon Blair Sturrock||12(1)||1145||3||2||18||20||0|
|22||MF||Template:Flagicon Tarnvir Bhandal||6(2)||542||0||0||4||5||2||0|
|23||FW||Template:Flagicon Adam Ravenhill||(2)||6||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|24||MF||Template:Flagicon Gareth Langdon||11(4)||897||0||0||4||4||0||0|
|26||FW||Template:Flagicon Sam Prette||1(7)||168||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|29||GK||Template:Flagicon Elliott Mitrou||16||1425||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|30||GK||Template:Flagicon Brock Reed||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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- Note this list includes only players that have dressed in the eighteen.
- Note brackets indicate substitute appearances.
- Note statistics are for league and playoffs (not preseason).
- Note the Round of 16 game versus Ventura County Fusion went to overtime and 120 minutes played
As the USL PDL is an amateur league, excepting the PDL Pro teams such as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 and Kitsap Pumas, the transfer listing is more for record keeping.
|10||FWD||Riley O'Neill||Myllykosken Pallo −47||N / A||January 1, 2013|||
|16||FWD||Brett Levis||University of Saskatchewan||N / A||April 25, 2013|||
|14||DF||Matthew Polster||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||N / A||May 17, 2013|||
|10||FWD||Ashley Burbeary||Worksop Town F.C.||N / A||N / A||N / A|
|12||FWD||Sasa Plavsic||Vancouver Olympics (VMSL)||N / A||N / A||N / A|
|19||FWD||Jared Stephens||Sheffield F.C. (Northern Premier League Division One South)||N / A||N / A|||
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- Victoria Times Colonist
- Cleve Deenshaw Victoria Times Colonist "Highlanders Future at RAP in Question" Nov 5, 2011
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- "Welcome to the official website for the Pacific Coast Soccer League". Pcsl.org. March 14, 2013. http://www.pcsl.org. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
- "Official Roster". United Soccer Leagues. http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2013/13598696.html#ROSTER. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Falk, David (December 21, 2012). "PDL Northwest again tinkers with playoff set-up". goalWA.net. http://goalwa.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/pdl-northwest-again-tinkers-with-playoff-set-up/. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
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