Foothills FC Split with Victoria Highlanders on the Road
A dominating, 90 minute performance led Foothills FC to a 4-1 win over the Highlanders Friday night.
Two goals came from Willy Akio, both of the spectacular variety, and pushed the Calgarians to their best all-around performance of 2019.
Head Coach Leon Hapgood said the win was more about the performance than the goals.
“We were dynamic, it was our best performance of the season. Our front three (forwards) executed plays we wanted, our training has been about creating a link between them.”
Akio, Tofa Fakunle, and 16 year old Arabim Pepple combined for a highlight reel effort in the 45th minute to extend the lead to 3-0.
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An unfortunate circumstance of the Friday match was the aggravation of centre-back Euan Bauld’s back problems. He was taken to hospital that night where he is being kept for further observation.
On Sunday, the momentum shifted and the Highlanders had clearly made adjustments for the rematch. The 2-1 win was the first ever victory in the all-time series for the Victoria team in 11 games between the two clubs.
Goteh Ntignee scored his second of the weekend and fourth of the season early in the second half. Shun Takano responded quickly afterwards to create the two goal advantage just narrowly finding the far post behind Foothills FC keeper Ben Jackson.
“We had the killer instinct and sent in so many crosses, but conceded two quickly and we had to chase the ball,” said Hapgood. “We were very laggy and made tired decisions.”
“We didn’t have that link between the players like on Friday.”
Akio was able to find the goal literally at the referee’s whistle to take away the clean sheet from the Highlanders in extra time.
The Highlanders’ Connor Guilherme was given his second yellow card of the match in the 75th minute giving Foothills FC the man advantage the rest of the way. However, the last second goal was the only opportunity Hapgood’s team could cash in on.
Here are the Northwest Division Standings among the contenders after Sunday’s matches. Two point separate four teams in the division after Lane United also split their two matches on the weekend.
Hapgood said the team is leaving where they arrived against Victoria (in first place) and with another break upcoming, they have to focus only on what they can control.
“It is a critical time for training coming up,” he said. “We have to prepare for another tough test at Lane (Eugene, Oregon) in two weeks.”
“We are on track for the number of points we need to win the division. We need enough in the tank to carry us for the rest of the year.”
The Highlanders travel to Calgary on July 12th and 14th for Foothills FC’s last home games of the 2019 regular season. The matches will take place at Mount Royal University’s stadium field.
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