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Victoria Highlanders playing TSS Rovers in 2023. Photo: @bc_soccer_news

Highlanders and Rivers to host the opening games of the 2024 season

By League1 BC staff, 03/04/24, 9:57AM PST

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The new League1 BC season will open with some mega matchups on April 27 and 28.

Victoria Highlanders playing TSS Rovers in 2023. Photo: @bc_soccer_news

League1 BC competition kicks off on Saturday, April 27 with two Women’s Division matches as Victoria Highlanders host TSS Rovers at 1pm, and Rivers take on Altitude at 3pm.

Rovers snuck into the playoffs on the final day of last season and a victory on the opening day would be a huge boost in moving up the standings, while Rivers have an opportunity to equal their points tally from the two previous campaigns and set a benchmark for the rest of the year.

The Men’s Division begins with a bang at 3:30pm that same day as 2023 regular-season champions Victoria Highlanders begin their defence against league table runners-up TSS Rovers at Centennial Stadium.

Fans were treated to nailbiting matches between these two high performers last year. Anthony Preston’s late goal for Highlanders proved to be the difference at Swangard Stadium in May, and on the final day of the regular season, David Schaefer netted in the 90th minute, and again in injury time, to hand the Highlanders a 3-2 victory in the league title decider.

Rivers then welcome Altitude to Hillside Stadium in the evening; a battle between the sixth- and seventh-place finishers from last season.

A replay of the 2023 Women’s Championship Final will take place on Sunday, April 28 as Unity visit Vancouver Whitecaps Academy looking for a statement win against last season’s double winners. This fixture in the Men’s Division is set for later in the afternoon.

Burnaby will make their L1BC debut in the opening weekend as they host Harbourside at Burnaby West Lake in the Women’s and Men’s Divisions. They head into their inaugural L1BC campaign off the back of winning the Toyota U17 National Championships with both their boys’ and girls’ teams.

Make sure to keep an eye out on league1bc.ca for more news and stories in the build up to the 2024 season.