VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams split a pair of matches against Crossfire Premier on Saturday as the U-18 squad won 2-0 while the U-16s fell 4-1 following a red card. Both matches were played at South Surrey Athletic Park during the annual Whitecaps FC Showcase.
Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency finished strong at home against Crossfire Premier as they continue their push for the playoffs. Leading scorers Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese put the ‘Caps on top 2-0 while goalkeeper Nolan Wirth collected the clean sheet.
Despite being in control for the duration of the match, the 'Caps could not break through until the 88th minute. Froese finally broke the deadlock before Bustos added a tally in added time for the win.
"We had set the objective to improve on our performance from last Sunday,” U-18 assistant coach Steve Meadley told whitecapsfc.com. “One focus was definitely to improve defensively. We feel we did that. Obviously we're very happy with the clean sheet. Overall, the performance we thought was very good. It felt like forever for the goals to come, but we did in the last five minutes with two quality finishes from two quality players."
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18
1.Nolan Wirth; 27.Chris Serban, 15.Vaggeli Boucas, 5.Nicholas Prasad, 3.Sam Adekugbe; 17.Mitch Piraux, 4.Mark Baldisimo,10.Marco Bustos; 8.Matthew Chow (20.Kyle Jones 83’); 19.Kianz Froese,11.Jordan Haynes (21.Ali Musse 62’)
Whitecaps FC U-16s were beaten for the first time in seven matches in tough circumstances.
After going down a goal on 20 minutes, leading scorer Dario Zanatta found an equalizer just before halftime to level the match at 1-1 going into the break.
However, in the end the 'Caps were not able to recover from a red card issued to goalkeeper Aidan Aylward and conceded three late second half goals to fall to a 4-1 defeat.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16
30.Aidan Aylward; 39.Joshua Cuthbert, 2.Andre Baires, 35.John Kasper, 37.Jeevin Kang; 23.Francesco Saporito, 50.Patrick Izett, 24.Vana Markarian, 43.Daniel Sagno; 14.Aymar Sigue, 9.Dario Zanatta