League1 BC: Young 'Caps battle hard, Varsity clinch spots in the final

Clare Logan

'Caps put in strong second half performance as quest for final continues

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite recorded a 4-1 loss against Varsity FC at Ken Woods Field this Sunday afternoon.

The result clinched Varsity FC's spot in the inaugural League1 BC championship final on Monday, August 1 at Swangard Stadium. The 'Caps remain in contention to oppose them in the final, needing a win in either of their final two matches at TSS Rovers or at home to Rivers FC to clinch their own spot.

The first half saw the 'Caps finding the breakthrough, as Anna Hauer fed a ball connecting to Sierra Bergen. The forward broke in on goal and found the back of the net in the 21st minute.

As the home side continued to push, Varsity FC responded moments later, with Sophie Damian's short pass finding Katelyn Erhardsen, a former member of the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program, in the final third. The midfielder then levelled the game 1-1 in the 31st minute of the match.

Despite the Blue & White's multiple opportunities created throughout the half, Varsity's Erhardsen chipped a ball in to substitute forward Jenna Baxter, another former member of the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program, who gave her squad a 2-1 lead right before the end of the half.

In a quick turn of events, Baxter found herself on a one-on-one situation, with her quick strike extending her squad's lead to 3-1 in the 46th minute of the first half.

The second half began with the young 'Caps pushing on, as they looked to find answers with some momentum control obtained in the midfield.

As the match progressed, a turn around move inside the box from Anna Hauer led to the striker having a strong opportunity, which was held off by goalkeeper Sarah Johns in the 79th minute.

Later on in the second half, Erhardsen placed a ball in the midfield to Varsity teammate Baxter, with the substitute forward completing her hat trick to wrap-up the result in the 87th minute of the match.


Scoring Summary
21’ – VAN – Sierra Bergen (Anna Hauer)
31' – VAR – Katelyn Erhardsen (Sophie Damian)
45' – VAR – Jenna Baxter (Katelyn Erhardsen)
45'+1' – VAR – Jenna Baxter (Dakota Chan)
87' – VAR – Jenna Baxter (Katelyn Erhardsen)

33' – VAR – Dakota Chan
74' – VAR – Jacqueline Tyrer

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
22.Leah Parsons; 20.Iba Oching (17.Emma Yee 81'), 29.Mya Archibald, 5.Clare Logan ©, 7.Nyema Ingleton (34.Ireolowu Omotayo 74'); 4.Olivia Ahern, 21.Jeneva Hernandez Gray; 18.Jaime Perrault (19.Joy Kimwemwe HT), 13.Anna Hauer, 27.Ashley Roberts; 24.Sierra Bergen (31.Emily Wong 74')

Substitutes not used
30.Sierra Gallant, 11.Noelle Sather, 33.Keira Martin

Varsity FC
1.Sarah Johns; 21.Jacqueline Tyrer, 5.Emma Nuttal Smith, 20.Simi Lehal, 13.Ella Sunde (25.Janika Sangha 88'); 14.Katelyn Erhardsen (22.Sofia Peckenpaugh 88'), 3.Dakota Chan, 10.Sophie Damian (17.Sophia Kramer 59'); 7.Vanessa Tome (8.Samantha Donald 59'), 9.Danielle Steer (23.Nisa Reehal 73'), 19.Katalin Tolnai (11.Jenna Baxter 40')

Substitutes not used
26.Dakota Beckett

Luke Norman L1BC Varsity

'Caps come close, eliminated from championship

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC BMO Academy U-19 boys continued their League1 BC campaign with a 2-1 loss against Varsity FC at Ken Woods Field this Sunday afternoon.

The result clinched Varsity's spot in the Monday, August 1 League1 BC championship final at Swangard Stadium, where they will face TSS Rovers.

The first half started with the young 'Caps opening the scoring in the 24th minute, as Gurman Sangha's pass inside the box from the left flank of the field connected to Luke Norman, who's strike found the back of the cage, giving his squad a 1-0 lead.

As the match progressed, 'Caps goalkeeper Marshall Herald strongly parried away a Varsity FC opportunity in the 39th minute.

The half continued with the away side tying the game, as Victory Shumbusho's shot was pushed away by Herald, but Manmeet Jhutty then followed up with a rebound finish in the 43rd minute of the match.

The second half began with the away side pressuring the Blue & White on the midfield. As Varsity continued to press, former Whitecaps FC BMO Academy midfielder Thomas Gardner's powerful strike curled to the top corner of the net in the 59th minute, giving his squad a 2-1 lead in the process.

As time ticked down throughout the rest of the match, the 'Caps would not give up as they hunted for the equalizer, fighting off Varsity's physical battles and pressure in the midfield.

Despite showing potential in the late stages of the match, the home side couldn't capitalize with the full time whistle being blown at Ken Woods Field.


Scoring Summary
24’ – VAN – Luke Norman (Gurman Sangha)
43' – VAR – Manmeet Jhutty
59' – VAR – Thomas Gardner

45'+1' – VAR – Logan Chung

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
80.Marshall Herald; 36.Deylen Vellios, 72.Eric Lajeunesse, 81.Nikos Clarke-Tosczak (81.Josh Tome 60'); 88.Alesandro Comita, 82.Brennen Fuerst, 77.Joven Mann, 34.Jaden Manetta (93.Eric Kim 67'); 97.Asvin Chauhan (74.Tomás Peña 60'), 96.Luke Norman (69.Rohin Kapila 84'); 42.Gurman Sangha

Substitutes not used
59.Jordan McInty, 85.Sydney Wathuta, 89.Shaya Zarjampour, 94.Yayo Mutombo

Varsity FC
1.Bennett McKay; 16.Mihai Hodut (4.Chris Fisher 66'), 5.Joseph Zupo, 21.Noah Hrdlicka, 2.Daniel Kaiser ©; 20.Manmeet Jhutty (28.Thomas Gardner), 6.Sam Aiello, 15.Jordano Pinto (24.Nick Fussell 86'), 14.Logan Chung (10.Connor Mrazek 72'); 12.Mario Kovacevic (9.Victory Shumbusho 27'), 11.Caleb Clarke

Substitutes not used
30.Darius Motazed, 13.Stefan Chow