May 13 Match Report: Foothills FC vs Victoria Highlanders FC
By Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project
Okotoks, Alberta - Calgary Foothills FC earned a second straight victory over visiting Victoria Highlanders FC 1-0 on a sunny Mother’s Day afternoon in Okotoks.
Sunday’s match, watched by 340 spectators, finished 1-0 for the hosts, on a first half goal by Foothills FC striker Moses Danto. Calgary also won the first meeting between the two sides Friday night 2-0. The weekend’s results mean Foothills FC will take away the full six points from their first two matches of the new Premier Development League season.
“We had to find another way to win,” said Foothills FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. after the match. “We’re going to be tough to beat. The backline, and as a team, worked very hard. Leagues are won with one and two goal games, and that’s what we’ve shown this weekend against a very good, very tough, and very physical team.”
Wheeldon was pleased to see his new striker Moses Danto get off the mark with his first goal of the season. "Moses, I’m absolutely delighted for him,” said Wheeldon. “He’s now on track. He loves to score goals. He’s a threat when we give him chances. We’ve just got to keep feeding him and he’ll have a bagful of goals this season.”
Danto’s goal came in the 30th minute, off a corner kick delivers by Kyle Jones. “It actually came off my shoulder,” admitted Danto with a wry smile following the game. “But hey, they all count. It’s always good to get that first goal. So I’m just happy that we won. Six points in the weekend. It’s all we wanted.”
Sunday’s match was another heated affair, matching Friday’s intensity. But Danto says that’s just the nature of PDL. “It’s aggressive, it’s PDL,” he said. “Everybody wants to win. It’s a short season. When you play your games you got to get your points and that’s what we did today.”
While head coach Wheeldon was happy with the result and walking away with maximum points, he sees opportunity for improvement. “I wanted the second goal,” said Wheeldon. “The second one is always insurance. It didn’t quite stick up front today. We’ve got some work to do in the next couple weeks, before we welcome Portland.
“We’ve got an unbelievable attack, it just didn’t work. It was scrappy. Once we get that and once we get firing on all cylinders, there’s more to come from this team. It’s a phenomenal group.”
Foothills FC will next welcome Portland Timbers U23 in two weeks and Wheeldon is looking forward to the meeting. “We can’t wait to play Portland Timbers,” he said. “Once we get them up to Calgary in the altitude let’s see how they cope.”
Calgary Foothills FC next play Portland Timbers U23 at Foothills Composite High School in Okotoks Friday May 25 at 7:30pm.
Single game and season tickets are available online at www.foothillsfc.ca/tickets/ or at the gate.
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