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In Pictures: Calgary Foothills FC wins USL League Two NW Division title

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Calgary Foothills FC secured the USL League Two Northwest Division with a 3-0 win over Victoria Highlanders FC in Calgary Sunday afternoon. This is Foothills FC’s third division title in four years.

The result rarely looked in doubt as Arabim Pepple (’20), Tofa Fakunle (’53) and Willy Akio (’64) scored for the hosts.

“(I’m) delighted for the boys and also the staff,” said Foothills FC head coach Leon Hapgood following the game. “We’ve reached our objective number one, to win the league. We’ve done it.”

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Hapgood had special praise for his attackers, who who played Sunday’s game in front of a crowd that featured some members of Cavalry FC, including head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr., and the Foot Soldiers Supporters Group.

“It’s lovely to have my front four together,” he said. “They’re so lethal and dynamic and scoring the goals and sharing the goals. We just look great going forward right now.”

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Foothills FC now go to California to compete in the USL League Two Western Conference championship, which will feature three other teams from the conference, including hosts FC Golden State Force. And Hapgood sees reason for he and his squad to feel confident when they head south.

“Momentum’s good,” he said. “We have four wins in row. Hopefully we can carry that into the conference (championship).”

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Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

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Calgary Foothills FC’s Arabim Pepple scores against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s Arabim Pepple, left, celebrates against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s Arabim Pepple, right, celebrates scoring against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC fans against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s Tofa Fakunle against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC fans, including Cavalry head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr., front centre,  at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC fans celebrate Tofa Fakunle’s goal against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s coach Leon Hapgood vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s Willy Akio scores against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC Willy Akio celebrates scoring against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s Willy Akio celebrates scoring against Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC (black) vs Victoria Highlanders FC at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s coach Leon Hapgood, left, is congratulated on winning the USL League Two NW division title by Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC’s coach Leon Hapgood leads the celebrations after winning the USL League Two NW division title at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC celebrates winning the USL League Two NW division title at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

Calgary Foothills FC celebrates winning the USL League Two NW division title with members of the Foot Soldiers Supporters Group at Mount Royal University in Calgary July 14. Photo: ©Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer Project/Calgary Foothills FC

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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.

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