COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Spencer Richey made five saves for Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-8L-4D) in a 2-2 draw with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (6W-6L-6D) on Saturday at Weidner Field.
WFC2 opened the scoring in the 38th minute through Marco Bustos, who hit the side-netting with a perfectly placed penalty after Thomas Sanner was hauled down from behind. It was Bustos’ fifth goal in as many USL matches this season, with four coming from the penalty spot.
Then, just five minutes later, Sanner found the back of the net himself, getting on the end of a Deklan Wynne cross at the back post and powering home a header off the near post and in.
Colorado Springs controlled the run of play in the opening half, putting WFC2 under pressure with seven corners and forcing Richey into three saves, but the ‘Caps took a 2-0 lead into the break.
That scoreline would be short-lived.
Switchbacks FC’s Masta Kacher cut into Vancouver’s lead in the 48th minute with a curling strike from the left side of the box. Then in the 58th minute, Kevaughn Frater blasted in a free kick from distance to draw the game level, setting up an entertaining final half hour.
In the 79th minute, Bustos just missed the far post from the top of the box after a nice one-two with right winger Kadin Chung. And in the 90th minute, Richey denied Conner Bevans with a diving save at the near post to secure a point for the visiting ‘Caps.
WFC2 now return home for a pair of matches at UBC Thunderbird Stadium next week – a nooner vs. Swope Park on Wednesday followed by a tilt with Reno 1868 FC on Saturday.
Visit whitecapsfc2.com for ticket information.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Whitecaps FC defender Christian Dean started and played the full 90 minutes on Saturday – his first competitive minutes since suffering a left foot injury in training on April 23.
- WFC2 head coach Rich Fagan started four Whitecaps FC Residency graduates in Bustos, Chung, and midfielders Matthew Baldisimo and Ben McKendry, as well as five players on loan from the first team: Bustos, Dean, McKendry, Richey, and Cole Seiler.
Referee: Robi Hullner
38’ – VAN – Marco Bustos (penalty kick)
43’ – VAN – Thomas Sanner (Deklan Wynne)
48’ – COL – Masta Kacher (Josh Suggs)
58’ – COL – Kevaughn Frater
Possession: Colorado 52.5% – Vancouver 47.5%
Shots: Colorado 19 – Vancouver 9
Shots on Goal: Colorado 7 – Vancouver 4
Saves: Colorado 2 – Vancouver 5
Fouls: Colorado 17 – Vancouver 13
Offsides: Colorado 4 – Vancouver 4
Corners: Colorado 14 – Vancouver 1
27’ – COL – Taeseong Kim
50’ – VAN – Ben McKendry
59’ – COL – Masta Kacher
67’ – COL – Sean McFarlane
72’ – VAN – Francis de Vries
78’ – VAN – Spencer Richey
82’ – COL – Josh Suggs
87’ – VAN – Marco Bustos
1.Moise Pouaty; 44.Jordan Burt (22.Conner Bevans 85’), 17.Sean McFarlane, 2.Josh Phillips, 5.Josh Suggs; 35.Taeseong Kim, 14.Rony Argueta ©, 8.Eddy Prugh; 23.Shane Malcolm (11.Kevaughn Frater HT), 18.Aaron King, 10.Masta Kacher
Substitutes not used
12.Dan Jackson, 3.Pascal Eboussi, 7.Jun Gyeong Park, 13.Diego Gutierrez, 77.Jack Jones
Whitecaps FC 2
18.Spencer Richey ©; 14.Cole Seiler, 22.Christian Dean, 33.Francis de Vries, 62.Deklan Wynne; 30.Ben McKendry, 65.Matthew Baldisimo (58.Will Seymore 51’), 32.Marco Bustos; 63.Kadin Chung, 57.Thomas Sanner (54.Gloire Amanda 85’), 50.Nazeem Bartman (44.Andy Thoma 77’)
Substitutes not used
40.Sean Melvin, 41.Dominick Zator, 42.David Norman Jr., 45.Myer Bevan