HERRIMAN, UT – Whitecaps FC 2 fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Real Monarchs SLC at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah on Friday night.
The young 'Caps would get the first big chance of the match in the 17th minute, as Mihail Gherasimencov put a low cross into the box for Joe Hanson, who saw his first-time effort saved by Monarch goalkeeper William Mackay.
Just before the halftime interval, the Monarchs had a chance to open the scoring but Zavier Gozo put his shot in front of the goal wide of the near post, meaning the two teams would go into the break scoreless.
Antoine Coupland came close to putting WFC2 in the lead at the start of the second half. Whitecaps FC BMO MLS Academy product Jeevan Badwal played a line-splitting pass into the path of Coupland, who unleashed a powerful right-footed strike that narrowly missed the top corner.
The Monarchs would open the scoring in the 68th minute, as Bobby Pierre whipped a cross into the box for Delentz Pierre to head into the back of the net to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
In the 80th minute, substitute Lowell Wright came close to finding the equalizer with a sizzling strike from distance, forcing Mackay to parry the shot out for a WFC2 corner.
Five minutes later, Elage Bah burst into the Monarchs box and was brought down but no penalty kick was awarded.
Whitecaps FC 2 are back at home against St. Louis CITY2 on Saturday, September 9.
Referee: Amer Ramic
69’ – SLC – Delentz Pierre (Bobby Pierre)
Possession: SLC 43.5% - VAN 56.5%
Shots: SLC 9 - VAN 9
Shots on Goal: SLC 4 - VAN 5
Saves: SLC 5 - VAN 3
Fouls: SLC 20 - VAN 17
Offsides: SLC 1 - VAN 1
Corners: SLC 8 - VAN 7
37’ – VAN – Jeevan Badwal
43’ – VAN – Giovanni Aguilar
44’ – SLC – Jude Wellings
45’ – SLC – Bobby Pierre
55’ – SLC – Terron Williams
90+3’ – SLC – Luis Rivera
Real Monarchs SLC
96.William Mackay; 77.Jenthe Mertens, 51.Omar Alba, 44.Bobby Pierre ©, 22.Delentz Pierre (37.Luis Rivera 74'); 49.Griffin Dillon, 38.Jude Wellings (55.Amferny Arias 82'); 72.Zavier Gozo (71.Kristian Kelley 67'), 97.Gilberto Garcia (87.Dominic Berrios 82'), 45.Terron Williams; 21.Axel Kei
Substitutes not used
46.Josh Grant, 47.Julian Vazquez, 52.Sean Petrie, 60.Gershon Henry, 84.Owen Anderson
Whitecaps FC 2
90.Cohen Park; 57.Elage Bah, 83.Finn Linder (95.Joshué Ndakala 26'), 56.Lucas Dasovic, 54.Mihail Gherasimencov; 59.Jeevan Badwal, 48.Malcolm Simmons, 66.Giovanni Aguilar ©; 43.Antoine Coupland, 76.Joe Hanson (42.Lowell Wright 61'), 44.Gloire Amanda
Substitutes not used
60.Trystan Read, 41.Malcolm Johnston, 46.Darko Ilić, 53.Simone Masi, 84.Christian Greco-Taylor