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Stars shine brighter then ever
« on: May 26, 2008, 05:52:24 PM »
Pro Liz Hansen spent the winter with Doncaster FC, playing the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, in the English Women's Premiership of soccer.

Yesterday, she was stalking Semiahmoo in the Pacific Coast League and scoring twice to lead the undefeated Victoria Stars to a 3-0 victory at Hampton Park.

The powerhouse Stars, with a healthy helping on the roster of UVic Vikes grads from the 2005 CIS national championship squad, moved to 5-0 on the season and have outscored the opposition 16-3.

"It's ridiculous the depth we have on this team," said former Vikes striker Hansen.

"We can score from all over the park and we have players sitting on the bench who could start on any other team in the league."

There is a lot of talent on this Stars team, not the least being Hansen.

Her career has been uncanny in mirroring that of basketball player and 2000 Sydney Summer Olympian Eric Hinrichsen. Both Hansen and Hinrichsen came out of Cortes Island and starred in high school sports at Carihi in Campbell River before becoming great Vikes athletes at UVic and going on to play pro in Europe.

"They don't play basketball or hockey in England . . . all they do is soccer . . . it's the main focus of their sports interest," said Hansen, of her experience as a pro soccer player in England.

Amy Thorogood, like Hansen a member of the 2005 CIS champion Vikes squad, scored the other Stars goal yesterday.

"This is the best female soccer I've seen in Victoria in a long time," said Stars head coach Brent Garraway.

"There are no weak links. We have 20 players and all 20 could start."

What makes this group all the more special is that it has come up together through Metro rep teams and, later, UVic.

"Most of us have played together before at some point in our lives," said Stars standout Kate Hambleton, another former CIS champion out of UVic.

"This is a unique group. We have a real ability to get to the net."

And a clear proficiency to finish when they get the ball there.

So too does Victoria's male entry in the PCL. Both Victoria United and the Stars have yet to lose in league play and have a combined eight wins and a tie in nine fixtures.

Although both are in the PCL, the Stars and United organizations are not affiliated. They are, however, currently bound together on the undefeated side of the ledger.