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Match Report: Altitude FC VS Rivers FC

By Alex Rickman  /  May 12, 2024

Saturday gifted us with perfect weather for some League1 BC action as Altitude FC welcomed Rivers FC from Kamloops for a Mother’s Day weekend clash. Following a hotly contested season opener that ultimately saw Rivers men’s side best Altitude 1-0 and a 2-2 draw in the women’s game, both Altitude sides would be coming in hungry to try and take full points in the home fixtures. 

Quickly after kickoff in the women’s game, it became clear that this was going to be a great contest. From the flurry of chances in the early minutes to the aggressive play on both sides, you could just tell that this was set to be a memorable contest no matter the outcome. Rivers would take a 1-0 early on and pressed hard soon after to try and double their lead, but Altitude held strong, creating a few chances of their own and sending a message to Rivers that they would not be going down without a fight. As halftime rolled around and the score remained 1-0, this game felt far from over, and it was apparent that we were set for another competitive half of soccer at Kinsmen. 

As the second half began, neither side was letting up from what we saw in the first half, and scoring chances started to come early on. As this half progressed, Altitude progressively put more and more pressure on Rivers, although seemingly nothing was going in. In the 85th minute, however, this changed as Aurora Hughes-Goyette cleaned up her own rebound to level the score. This would prove to be the final goal of the match, as yet another late equalizer would see Altitude’s women draw their third consecutive game. It’s clear at this point to anyone watching that there is no quit in these girls and that no lead is safe when Altitude is on the pitch. Much like Bayer Leverkusen under Xabi Alonso this year, Altitude always finds a way. 

As for the men’s team, Altitude got off to a flying start this game, making it nearly impossible for Rivers to even get the ball out of their own half, much less do anything with it. Altitude generated chance after chance throughout the first half, with Carson Buschman-Dormand pulling the strings to create several of them, and it seemed like it was going to take quite the momentum swing for Rivers to get themselves into this game. While it was scoreless at the half, it was clear that Altitude was the stronger side throughout nearly the entirety of the first half, and that they were incredibly unlucky not to be taking a lead into the break. 

Rivers came out to play looking a little more urgent in the second half, but Altitude would once again find a way to keep them pinned in their own half for almost the entirety of the half. Altitude would be awarded a penalty in the 59th minute, but a strong effort from Rivers goalkeeper Svyatik Artemenko would keep the game level, giving Rivers a momentum boost before ultimately once again being pinned back by the Altitude attack. A flurry of chances throughout the second half, as well as a red card to Artemenko for stepping on an Altitude player, would ultimately not be enough to give Altitude their well-deserved goal, and the final whistle blew on a 0-0 draw.

Despite the result, fans should be incredibly proud of the effort from the men’s team today. While they may not have found the back of the net, their performance on the day could not be described as anything less than dominant. If they can keep this up, there’s no telling how far Altitude could go this season. Following these matches, Altitude’s women now sit 4th in the league, while the men sit in 3rd. Altitude is giving fans plenty to be excited about in the early stages of the season, so be sure to experience it for yourself at beautiful Kinsmen Field.