Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency rebounded from their first defeat of the season on Saturday with an emphatic 4-0 win over Santa Cruz Breakers Academy.
The boys in white opened the scoring midway through the first half when Dario Zanatta - called up to the U-18s this weekend from the U-16 squad - drove past his defender into the boz and was taken down to earn a penalty kick. Defender Sam Adekugbe stepped up to bury the ensuing spot kick to make the score 1-0.
The 'Caps then doubled their advantage on 56 minutes through a terrific strike from Zanatta.
The last 30 minutes of the match saw more of the same. Mitch Piraux put in a third goal in the 63rd minute on another good hit. Titouan Chopin rounded out the scoring in the 75th, firing home from the top ox the box after a good ball in from Adekugbe.
With a number of U-16 players stepping up to the U-18 squad for the weekend, head coach Gordon Forrest was pleased to see them progress in their development.
"It was a really good performance today and great to get a clean sheet," said Forrest. "The really exciting thing for us is to see the younger 1997-born players step up and put in a very strong performance."
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18
Nolan Wirth (William Diaz 75'); Sam Adekugbe, Nick Prasad, Jackson Farmer, Vagelli Boucas (Andre Baires 45'); Dario Zanatta, Mark Baldisimo, Mitch Piraux; Titouan Chopin, Mason James (Aymar Sigue 55'), Kyle Jones (Nike Azuma 56')
Sunday proved another test for a young 'Caps U-16 side.
The Blue and White withstood someearly attacks before finding their feet and generating several good chances of their own.
No goals would come as the sides went into the break tied 0-0.
After a back and forth second half, neither team could find a goal as the 'Caps earned their fifth clean sheet in six matches, battling to a scoreless draw.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16
Aidan Aylward; Kadin Chung, Manraj Bains, Matthew Baldisimo, Erik Morden; Thomas Gardner, Jeevin Kang, Francesco Saporito; Patrick Izett, Terran Campbell, Cole Morokhovich