Girls Elite

League1 BC: Men play thriller, women enter final match with chance to clinch

Bergen Perrault

Opportunity for final still there for young 'Caps

BURNABY, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite put forth a big effort, but ultimately fell to a 2-0 loss against TSS Rovers at Swangard Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Despite the result, the young 'Caps can still clinch a spot in the inaugural League1 BC Championship match with a win in their regular season finale at home to Kamloops side Rivers FC this coming Friday, July 15 at Ken Woods Field. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. PT.

The first half saw the young 'Caps grab an opportunity in the 21st minute of the match, as Anna Hauer's short pass into the final third connected to Ashley Roberts, and her quick footwork gave an opportunity from close range that struck off the left post.

With the half continuing, the Rovers would open the scoring after Claire Ye's strong through ball in the final third found teammate Bella Roque inside the penalty area. Her strike then found the back of the net in the 32nd minute, giving the home side a 1-0 lead.

The second half began quickly for the home side, as a ball won back in the midfield by Ye led to the Rovers having an opportunity on a quick counter attack in the 48th minute of the match. The forward then saw her powerful strike curling into the top left corner, extending her squad's lead in the process.

The Blue & White responded with an occasion moments later created by substitute Noelle Sather, as her long strike from distance was held off by Rovers goalkeeper Kirstin Tynan in the 53rd minute.

As the young 'Caps continued to press in their final third, Roberts' footwork inside the box led to a short pass for Sather, who's shot was blocked. Sierra Bergen followed up with a strike, which deflected off the crossbar in the 58th minute of the match.

The home side would answer with some momentum of their own minutes later, as midfielder Katie Bishop saw her shot right outside the box in the 67th minute being strongly parried away by goalkeeper Leah Parsons.

Despite the 'Caps pressuring in the late stages of the match as they hunted for more opportunities, the final whistle blew at Swangard Stadium.


Scoring Summary
32' – TSS – Bella Roque (Claire Ye)
48' – TSS – Claire Ye

69' – TSS – Molly Quarry

TSS Rovers
1.Kirstin Tynan; 8.Ella Gagno, 15.Molly Quarry, 22.Reese Moffatt, 6.Jessica Fennell (13.Amanda Scott 17'); 21.Joanna Verzosa-Dolezal, 20.Kathleen Aitchison, 12.Katie Bishop; 18. Bella Roque (17.Megan Lauener 80'), 10.Mia Pante (4.Raya Athwal 62'), 7.Claire Ye (11.Megan Sue 90'+1')

Substitutes not used
29.Mae Hobenshield, 5.Cassie Chan, 23.Jessica Merk

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
22.Leah Parsons; 20.Iba Oching, 34.Ireolowu Omotayo, 5.Clare Logan, 29. Mya Archibald; 31.Emily Wong (16.Sienna Gibson 79'), 7.Nyema Ingleton (17.Emma Yee 74'); 18.Jaime Perrault (11.Noelle Sather HT), 13.Anna Hauer (19.Joy Kimwemwe 43'), 27.Ashley Roberts; 24.Sierra Bergen (33.Keira Martin 73')

Substitutes not used
30.Sierra Gallant, 12.Sonya Mehta

2022.05.22 Boys Ac v Victoria_hr_001

'Caps fight through until last moment, draw 4-4 against Rovers

BURNABY, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC BMO Academy U-19 boys continued their League1 BC season by recording a hard fought 4-4 draw against TSS Rovers at Swangard Stadium this Wednesday evening

A physical battle was shown to be story within the first half for both squads. In the 16th minute of the match Tomás Peña's flick pass on the counter attack found Chris Album inside the area, who's shot went just wide of the netting.

With the home side continuing to press, Connor MacMillan's cut inside move and footwork within the area led to the midfielder thumping a strike in the 34th minute to open the scoring.

The Rovers would find another as a blocked rebound fell to the feet of Mark Talisuna, who's strike doubled his squad's lead in the 43rd minute of the match.

The Blue & White would not drop their heads down as the final moments of the first half arrived. Following a corner kick and big save from goalkeeper Tyson Gugushe in the 45th minute, Josh Tome headed the ball into the net in the to make it 2-1.

The second half started quickly for the young 'Caps. Jaden Manetta's run inside the area allowed him enough space for a low strike from a tight angle that then went past goalkeeper Gugushe, levelling the match to 2-2 after being down 2-0.

With the match progressing, the home side would reclaim the lead moments later, as former Whitecaps FC BMO Academy player Gabriel Escobar's thunderous strike from distance flew into the top corner of net in the 57th minute of the match to give his team a 3-2 lead.

The Rovers were given a free kick opportunity in the 65th minute, which Erik Edwardson curled in to cushion the home squad's advantage to 4-2 in the 65th minute.

 The match was far from over for the Blue & White though. In the 76th minute a clearance from Gugushe deflected off Gurman Sangha's back, and the ball found its way into the net.

In the dying stages of the match, a quick counter attack ended with Sangha burying home his second of the match on a rebound in the 90th minute to level the game and give the young 'Caps a memorable comeback in their inaugural League1 BC season.


Scoring Summary
34' – TSS – Connor MacMillan
43' – TSS – Mark Talisuna
45' – VAN – Josh Tome
46' – VAN – Jaden Manetta
57' – TSS – Gabriel Escobar
65' – TSS – Erik Edwardson
76' – VAN – Gurman Sangha
90' – VAN – Gurman Sangha

75' – TSS – John Joseph
77' – TSS – Mark Talisuna
85' – VAN – Deylen Vellios

TSS Rovers
30.Tyson Gugushe; 4.Jun Won Choi (17.Taylor Richardson 79') 19.Nik White, 20.Anthony White, 3.Gabe Escobar; 6.Ali Zohal (2.Grant Verhoeven 85'), 8.Mark Talisuna, 7.Connor McMillan (18.Jaskarn Sodhi 90'), 11.Erik Edwardson (16.Naseen Bains, 79'); 14.Ivan Mejia (10. Daniel Davidson 68'), 9.Devin Ohea (21.John Joseph 71')

Substitutes not used
1.Justyn Sandhu, 29.Jackson Cowx

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
80.Marshall Herald; 36.Deylen Vellios, 71.Josh Tome (94.Yayo Mutombo 88'), 72.Eric Lajeunesse; 34.Jaden Manetta, 82.Brennen Fuerst, 69.Rohin Kapila (78.Will Antoniuk 74'), 59.Jordan McInty (97.Asvin Chauhan 66'); 64.Tomás Peña (63.Juliano Campedelli, 66'), 42.Gurman Sangha; 79.Chris Album

Substitutes not used
84.Nico Mesiano, 85.Sydney Wathuta, 89.Shaya Zarjampour