VANCOUVER, BC – The Canadian Championship run for Vancouver Whitecaps FC came to an end on Wednesday night at BC Place after falling 2-1 to Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League.
Jordan Brown found the back of the net early in the match but Inbeom Hwang would tie it up in the 67th minute with a strike from the top of the box. Dominick Zator got the final goal of the night off a corner to close out the 2-1.
As July winds down, the ‘Caps kicked off their sixth match this month in all competitions and head coach Marc Dos Santos started a 4-3-3 formation with Doneil Henry wearing the captain’s armband for the first time. Jake Nerwinski, Hwang, Lass Bangoura, and Theo Bair were the four changes in the starting XI from when these two teams met on July 10 in Calgary.
Both teams started strong but Cavalry FC opened the scoring in the seventh minute as Brown slipped in behind the ‘Caps line and found the back of the net.
JORDAN BROWN, TAKE A BOW!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) July 25, 2019
A stunning strike from the @CPLCavalryFC striker gives the visitors an early lead — and now @WhitecapsFC needs two!
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The ‘Caps almost had a goal of their own just five minutes later when the team earned a corner kick that found Erik Godoy at the back post, but the centre back just couldn’t angle his effort on target.
After holding over 65 percent of the possession in the first half, the ‘Caps came close to another goal off a second corner, this time finding Andy Rose in the box that just missed his header over the net, finishing the first half 1-0 for the visitors.
Joaquín Ardaiz came into the match at halftime and instantly made an impact in the opening minutes with a cross to Bair in the box that was snagged by goalkeeper Marco Carducci.
The ‘Caps got on the board in the 67th minute from Hwang, who took a strike from the top of the box and found the top left corner, just out of the reach of Carducci. Ali Adnan started the play with a long ball from the ‘Caps own 18-yard line that was chased down by Bair who dribbled it into the box and took a shot that got blocked right back to Hwang, tying it all up at 1-1.
Cavalry got a second goal to retake the lead in the 72nd minute off of a corner that found the head of Zator in the box.
These Cavs are something special. 🐎@zator94 strikes against his old club to restore the @CPLCavalryFC lead almost instantly!— OneSoccer (@onesoccer) July 25, 2019
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The ‘Caps had one more chance just four minutes later when Yordy Reyna challenged Carducci on a pass-back and won the ball from the keeper, but hit the outside of the net on a tight angle, as the Cavs would take the match 2-1.
Whitecaps FC embark on a three game road trip starting at Allianz Field to take on Minnesota United FC on Saturday, July 27. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. PT live on TSN 2 and 1410 AM. The following Saturday, August 3, the team visits FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium.
WFC Man of the Match: Doneil Henry
Referee: Alain Ruch
7’ – CAV – Jordan Brown (Nikolas Ledgerwood)
67’ – VAN – Inbeom Hwang
72’ – CAV – Dominick Zator (José Escalante)
Possession: VAN 67.8% – CAV 32.2%
Shots: VAN 16 – CAV 6
Shots on Goal: VAN 3 – CAV 3
Saves: VAN 1 – CAV 2
Fouls: VAN 10 – CAV 16
Offsides: VAN 0 – CAV 2
Corners: VAN 6 – CAV 4
Duels won: VAN 67 – CAV 50
Tackles won: VAN 9 – CAV 13
5’ – CAV – Nathan Mavila
48’ – CAV – Jonathan Wheeldon
51’ – VAN – Lucas Venuto
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
16.Maxime Crépeau; 28.Jake Nerwinski (23.Scott Sutter 84’), 22.Érik Godoy, 2.Doneil Henry ©, 53.Ali Adnan; 8.Felipe Martins, 4.Inbeom Hwang, 15.Andy Rose (9.Joaquín Ardaiz HT); 19.Lass Bangoura (7.Lucas Venuto 27’), 29.Yordy Reyna, 50.Theo Bair
Substitutes not used
18.Zac MacMath, 13.Derek Cornelius, 31.Russell Teibert, 46.Brett Levis
1.Marco Carducci; 4.Dominick Zator, 14.Jonathan Wheeldon, 5.Mason Trafford; 17.Nico Pasquotti (18.Mauro Eustáquio 75’), 6.Nikolas Ledgerwood ©, 8.Julian Büscher (16.Elijah Adekugbe 86’), 3.Nathan Mavila; 10.Sergio Camargo (7.Oliver 90’), 9.Jordan Brown, 11.José Escalante
22.Nikolas Giantsopoulos, 20.Carlos Patiño, 21.Malyk Hamilton, 23.Dominique Malonga