VANCOUVER, BC – An overcast, chilly afternoon at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium set the stage for a 6-1 Whitecaps FC Reserves win over a young Trinity Western University side.
Just eight minutes into the match, midfielder Aminu Abdallah sent youngster Kekuta Manneh in with Tom Heinemann. The two forwards were in alone against the TWU goalkeeper Andrew Hicks when Manneh passed it off to Heinemann, who made no mistake and gave the ‘Caps an early 1-0 lead with a left-footed tap into the back of the net.
In the 17th minute, Paulo Jr. played a nice ball to Manneh who, after some fancy footwork, roofed the ball over the head of the TWU keeper and into the top corner of the net. Within a minute, Corey Hertzog scored to give the ‘Caps a 3-0 lead.
Within a three minute interval, in the 31st minute, Heinemann scored his second goal of the match with a header off a pass from Russell Teibert and Teibert himself scored to give the ‘Caps a 5-0 lead off a pass from Hertzog.
The start of the second half saw two changes for the ‘Caps, as Caleb Clarke came on for Hertzog and Greg Klazura replaced Teibert. The only change for the Spartans was a switch of goalkeepers, as Evan Lowther came on for Hicks.
The final 45 minutes also proved to be more equal, as both teams had a number of chances to increase their tally.
In the 69th minute, the start of a flurry of action had TWU get their first shot on target but a great save by Simon Thomas prevented the Spartans from getting on the board. Two minutes later, Whitecaps FC Residency product Yassin Essa played a short ball to Ethan Sampson, who was alone on Lowther and slid it into the back of the net, giving the Blue and White a commanding 6-0 lead.
A few minutes later, Spartan striker Spencer Schmidt netted the only goal of the match for the Spartans, as the match finished with a final score of 6-1.
Whitecaps FC Reserves will now prepare for their first match of the MLS Reserve League season against Real Salt Lake on Sunday, April 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium.
8' - VAN - Tommy Heinemann (Kekuta Manneh, Aminu Abdallah)
16' - VAN - Kekuta Manneh (Paulo Jr., Corey Hertzog)
17' - VAN - Corey Hertzog
31' - VAN - Tommy Heinemann (Russell Teibert, Adam Clement)
33' - VAN - Russell Teibert (Corey Hertzog)
72' - VAN - Ethen Sampson (Yassin Essa)
73' - TWU - Spencer Schmidt
Shots: Vancouver 19 - Trinity Western 3
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 13 - Trinity Western 2
Saves: Vancouver 1 - Trinity Western 7
Fouls: Vancouver 5 - Trinity Western 9
Offsides: Vancouver 5 - Trinity Western 1
Corners: Vancouver 7 - Trinity Western 4
22' - VAN - Matt Watson
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
39.Simon Thomas; 43.Ethen Sampson, 16.Johnny Leveron, 33.Adam Clement; 8.Matt Watson (25.Sam Adekugbe 56'), 20.Aminu Abdallah, 31.Russell Teibert (32.Greg Klazura 45'); 22.Paulo Jr. (30.Yassin Essa 68'), 29.Tommy Heinemann, 26.Corey Hertzog (34.Caleb Clarke 45'), 23.Kekuta Manneh
Subs: 44.Nolan Wirth, 37.Emmanuel Adjetey
Trinity Western University
29.Andrew Hicks (1.Evan Lowther 45'); 6.Kalem Scott, 2.Andrew Dobbie, 17.Taylor Johnson, 19.Nico Versaveldt; 4.Jordan Whitehead, 10.Brayden Dent, 32.Carlos del Aquila (18.Andre Costa 55'), 11.Sam Delfs; 12.Andy Phillips (14.Nathaniel Turner 29'), 26.Jarvis Ambaka (9.Spencer Schmidt 55')
Subs: 22.Martin Luther Awad