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Exhibition Match a Good Warmup for Playoffs

In a warmup for this weekend's David Fryatt Challenge Cup in Kelowna, Stars took on the visiting U-19 womens team from Chinese Taipei, who are here for the FIFA U-19 World Cup. The game was played at St Michael's University in front of a crowd of approximately 200 people, who were treated to a spirited game of soccer.

Taipei opened the scoring in th 28th minute on a penalty kick. The foul occurred in the top corner of the 18 yard box when a Chinese player keeping possession of the ball with her back to the goal went down and Stars sweeper Teresa Nieman attempted to step over her to get at the ball. Taipei player #6 stepped to the spot and got Stars keeper Hannah Shoichet going the wrong way as she finished strongly into the top left side.

Victoria had their chances in the first half, the best of which saw a header from Tanya Berg go off the crossbar. Kelly Nicholson had a hard pointblank shot at goal, but the Taipei keeper was there to deflect it away. The Stars came out with renewed vigor in the second half, but saw good scoring chances either go wide or sail over the net.

In the 70th minute, Taipei picked up a turnover in the middle of the field and a quick counterattack saw #6 get open in the top center of the 18 yard box and walk in unmolested on Stars keeper Alison Dube ,who got a hand on the ball but was unable to keep it out of the net.

Final Score Chinese Taipei 2 Victoria Stars 0.

Comments-Team Manager-George Stewart: "This was a very good experience for our women.We hope to get in another game or two next week against Great Britain or Australia. I won't say that the Chinese Taipei team has been playing possum up to now, but I think a combination of jetlag, culture shock and general acclimatisation might be responsible for their early poor showing against Canada. I don't think they will win the U-19 tournament, but anybody who thinks they are a soft touch is in for a surprise. They showed good skills, conditioning and physical play in this evening's match. On our behalf we probably deserved a goal or two, but we had trouble finishing. It was nice to have a bit of a crowd and coverage from a couple of TV stations. We put a good product on the field and would like more people to be aware of it. "

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