Gaining success at lower levels involves both good and bad things. The Victoria Highlanders had to play a vital game at the United Soccer League 2 against the TSS Rovers of Vancouver at the Centennial Stadium without four players who are headed towards Germany to be the part of the trials. They also have to play minus those players for the rest of the season as well. Alec-Michael Petrizzi, Connor Guilherme, and Joshua Walter left to pursue the pro opportunities regarding the fourth and fifth division. 4th player, Jonathan Walter got a chance to play with U-19 German clubs.
Niendorf stated that the program for Highlanders is primarily focused on the development needed to make the changeover to professional soccer. These opportunities are really fantastic for the four young individuals and he is extremely proud of them. He also said that it is inspiring for other players who want to show that they can also do this.