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 back line, and as a team, worked very hard. And leagues are won with one and two goal games. And that’s what we’ve shown this weekend against a very good and 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.
“‘Mose’, I’m absolutely delighted for him,” said Wheeldon. “He’s now on track. He loves to score goals. He’s a threat and give him chance. 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.”
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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.
Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.