Chilliwack rallies to tie up Highlanders

Chilliwack FC's U-21 Pacific Coast women's team hasn't won a game in five tries this season. But they haven't lost yet either.

Chilliwack’s U-21 Pacific Coast Soccer League women battled the Mid Isle Highlanders to a 2-2 draw at Townsend Park Saturday.

“It was a very good game, and it appears Mid Isle is the team to beat,” said CFC head coach Glenn Wilson.

The teams had played just one week earlier, battling to a scoreless draw at Caledonia Park in Nanaimo.

In the rematch, Wilson’s crew found themselves down 2-0 at halftime.

“We showed great character to battle back in the second half,” Wilson said. “We kept them under sustained pressure for the first 15 minutes of the second half and were rewarded with a well-taken goal from defender Rachel Pattenden.”

Pattenden got the ball just inside the attacking half, cut inside from the right wing and delivered an unstoppable shot from 20 yards out.

“Then, 10 minutes from the end we deservedly equalized as Rachel Yang crossed from the right-hand side to striker Aileen Atkins,” Wilson said. “And she deflected the cross into the far corner of the net with her head.”

Chilliwack is now five games into the season and they’ve tied all five.

The good news is no losses.

The flipside is no wins.

“I am confident that with the way we are improving with each game the wins will come soon,” Wilson noted. “We are the only unbeaten team in the division. Defensively we are very strong, and we have a top goalkeeper in 15-year-old Presley Roberts.”

Chilliwack has a road game Sunday afternoon game against the NSGSC Stars.