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Game 1 Recap
Victoria Stars Win Home Opener 4-1!
May 27, 2001

The Victoria Stars of the Women's PCSL earned their first victory with a come from behind win in front of 200 fans at SMUS on Sunday. The visiting Kelowna Predators opened the scoring at only the 5th minute on a 30 yard free kick that beat Stars Keeper Meghan Stewart in the top left hand corner of the net. But it didn't take long for the Stars to equalize when 6 minutes later Stars midfielder Tera Kasubuchi played a brilliant through ball for Selina Good who raced in from the wing and neatly tucked her shot in to the far corner of the goal. It was all one way traffic after that as the Stars led by Kasubuchi and veteran midfielder Terry Archer produced several scoring chances when just before the half Lisa Sharp scored her first of 2 after winger Kelly Nicholson sent in a far post cross for Sharp to leap above 2 defenders and head into the Kelowna goal. The onslaught continued in the 2nd half when Sharp took a through ball from team captain Jackie Cunningham and spun her defender then struck a volley from the top of the 18 to put the Stars up by 2. Despite the numerous chances made by Victoria's talented midfield and forwards, it was the defenders that earned the most praise as the Kelowna team were allowed only 2 shots in the game, both from free kicks from 30 yards out. And when Kate Hambleton scored the 4th goal with a nice chip to beat the keeper at the far post with 10 minutes remaining, there was no doubt as to the deep talent this young Victoria team has. "I used all 18 players today, and it didn't affect our shape at all." stated Stars coach Lou Garraway. "With this being our first game ever in this league I was impressed by our hard work and the fact that we took being down a goal in stride and came back to post such an impressive win. I think these players should be very proud of what they accomplished here today."
Next up for the Stars will be Kamloops on Saturday, June 2, 2:00pm at SMUS.