Whitecaps FC Residency hit the field this past weekend to take on Strikers FC and Pateadores. Missing this weekend were Jefferson Alade, Simon Colyn, Thomas Hasal, and Jake Ruby who are all in Hawaii for preseason with the ‘Caps first team.
The U-19s took victory on Saturday with a 3-2 result over Strikers FC.
Nikolas Papkriakopoulos tied the match at 1-1 in the 15th minute on a left footed smash. Theo Bair then gave the ‘Caps the lead in the 57th minute from a Keenan Foley lay off. Jose Hernandez scored the third goal in the 65th minute after a scramble in front of net.
Sunday was another 3-2 match, but this time the ‘Caps came out on the wrong end.
The ‘Caps went down in minute 31, but Hernandez tied it in minute 45. They trailed again after 70 minutes, but Hernandez scored his second of the match and third of the weekend to once again draw level in minute 79. However a late 90th minute goal won it for Pateadores.
“After a win on Saturday, we had a disappointing result on Sunday,” noted U-19 assistant coach Niall Thompson. “We didn’t start well and never really gained any rhythm. We will take the lessons from this weekend and continue to move forward with the group.”
The U-17s won 8-0 on Saturday over Strikers FC.
Kyle Gomes led the way with a hat-trick, while Kam Habibullah scored two goals. Thomas Raimbault, Keisean Brooks, and Damiano Pecile added the others.
“Great team performance,” noted U-17 head coach Adam Day. “We asked the boys to be ruthless and committed until the end, and they were. We played some excellent stuff at times and our attacking game was very efficient.”
The U-17s followed up on Sunday with a 5-1 win over Pateadores.
Logan Chung scored twice, with the others from Patrick Ruszczyk, Thomas Raimbault, and Tomas Ribeiro.
“Another solid performance from the boys against a good side,” said Day. “Overall, a good weekend of play and really pleasing to watch some of their attacking play.”
Saturday was a 3-0 win for the U-15s over Strikers FC.
Eric White scored two great goals, and Frixos Petsas scored the third.
“Very strong performance from the group,” noted U-15 head coach James Merriman. “We played very good attacking football.”
Sunday ended in a 2-1 defeat against Pateadores.
Kam Habibullah scored the goal for the ‘Caps.
“We didn’t start the match well and put ourselves on the back foot,” said Merriman. “We created enough chances to get more out of the game, but credit to Pateadores who made it difficult for us.”
The U-14s played the Surrey United SC 2003s, with a 3-2 final score for the older BCSPL club.
Jay Herdman and Cyrus Harrison scored the goals for the ‘Caps.
“The boys were challenged before the game to match the compete level of their opponents,” U-14 head coach Scott Howey told whitecapsfc.com. “Although the result didn’t go the way our young boys would like, the maturity they showed in their play showed positive signs that they are continuing to grow. This is encouraging as we get set for a big trip to London where the boys will be tested against top level competition their age.”
Lineup vs. Surrey United SC 2003s
Max Anchor; Josh Tome, Kyle Degelman, Luke Norman (Brandon Momotani 10’), Jarrod Smith (Sebastian Cenedese 40’); Adam Kirby, Matteo Campagna (c), Jay Herdman; Sol Harrison (Kyle Dent 40’), Yayo Mutombo (Thomas Budisa 40’), Theo Afework (Cyrus Harrison 50’)