WFC2 fall on the road to Real Monarchs

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HERRIMAN, UT – Despite coming close to finding the back of the net, Whitecaps FC 2 suffered a 1-0 defeat on the road against Real Monarchs on Sunday night at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah.

The first big chance of the match would fall to Real Monarchs forward Zavier Gozo in the 20th minute. After being sent through on goal by a long ball from Omar Alba, the Real Salt Lake first team player sent a left-footed effort that crept narrowly wide of Max Anchor's far post.

Five minutes later, WFC2 got their first chance of the match. Wingback Eliot Goldthorp served a left-footed cross into the box, which was deflected just over the Monarchs goal by forward Cyprian Kachwele.

As the first half neared it's end, the young 'Caps had another chance to open the scoring in the 38th minute. Jay Herdman was sent through in behind the Monarchs backline on the left side and, similar to Gozo before him, saw his low driven shot sneak wide of the target.

Both sides would go into the break deadlocked at 0-0.

In the 74th minute, the Monarchs would take the lead through an unfortunate own goal from WFC2.

Four minutes later, Matthew Bell drove a low shot inside the box just wide of the far post and narrowly doubled his side's lead.

With the home side gathering momentum, Max Anchor came up big for the young 'Caps shortly after. Real Monarchs were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute, with Bell stepping up to take it. The winger was denied by Anchor with a strong save to his left, keeping the young 'Caps in the match.

The match continued to flip on it's head, with Monarchs defender Alba being shown a second yellow card for a studs up challenge on Joshué Ndakala.

As WFC2 searched for the equalizer in the latter stages, Goldthorp decided to have a go from distance, with his curling strike narrowly going over the Monarchs goal.

Goldthorp again came close to finding the tying goal and had the last chance of the match for the 'Caps. Herdman played a perfectly-timed through ball to the wingback, who brought the ball down superbly but wasn't able to squeeze his shot past Monarchs goalkeeper William Mackay.

The young 'Caps continue their six-game away stretch with a Cascadia clash against Portland Timbers2 on Friday, May 3. Kickoff from Providence Park in Portland, Oregon is set for 2 p.m. PT.


Referee: Benjamin Meyer

Scoring Summary
74’ – SLC – Max Anchor (own goal)

Possession: SLC 61% – VAN 39%
Shots: SLC 6 – VAN 6
Shots on Goal: SLC 2 – VAN 2
Saves: SLC 2 – VAN 2
Fouls: SLC 13 – VAN 10
Offsides: SLC 1 – VAN 2
Corners: SLC 2 – VAN 3

33’ – VAN – Jay Herdman
49’ – VAN – Malcolm Simmons
70’ – SLC – Omar Enrique Alba
90+2’ – VAN – Eliot Goldthorp
90+5’ – SLC – Jhalmar Joffre Soliz

82’ – SLC – Omar Enrique Alba

Real Monarchs SLC
95.Wiliam Mackay; 51.Omar Enrique Alba, 42.Keller Storlie, 32.Zackery Farnsworth (53.Juan Villa 68'), 33.Derrick Silva; 47.Damien Barker John (70.Jhalmar Joffre Soliz 68'), 34.Luca Moisa, 92.Noel Caliskan, 12.Matthew Bell; 39.Aiden Hezarkhani (23.Ilijah Paul 78'), 72.Zavier Gozo

Substitutes not used
54.Marzuq Puckerin, 38.Jude Wellings, 44.Kurowskybob Pierre, 52.Sean Petrie, 81.Griffin Dillon, 88.Izahi Amparo

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
50.Max Anchor; 56.Immanuel Mathe, 53.Buster Sjöberg, 95.Joshué Ndakala (62.Luca Chen 83'); 41.Eliot Goldthorp, 49.Malek Mehri (59.Jeevan Badwal 83'), 48.Malcolm Simmons, 54.Mihail Gherasimencov; 92.Jay Herdman ©, 55.Cyprian Kachwele (61.Johnny Selemani 60'), 44.Myles Morgan (96.Mateo Clark 60')

Substitutes not used
80.Trystan Read, 83.Finn Linder