HERRIMAN, UT – Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) grabbed a 3-1 penalty shootout win against Real Monarchs after drawing 2-2 in regulation.

With little action in the first half, the game would see plenty of action in the second half.

Real Monarchs took the 1-0 lead in the 56th minute through a penalty kick which was converted by midfielder Pedro Fonseca,

Moments later, Real Monarchs defender Ethan Zamora received his second yellow card of the match leave the home team playing the rest of the match down by ten men.

WFC2 tied the match in the 81st minute, as midfielder Giovanni Aguilar scored the club's first-ever goal in MLS NEXT Pro off a cross from wingback Ali Ahmed.

The away side would grab the lead in the 86th minute as midfielder Jay Herdman served in a set piece to Aguilar, who headed in his second goal of the match.

In the final moments of the game, Real Monarchs were awarded another penalty in stoppage time, with Fonseca scoring his second of the match to tie it up at 2-2.

The game concluded in a penalty shootout, with MLS SuperDraft pick Simon Becher scoring the winning penalty to give WFC2 their first win of the season.

Up next for WFC2 is their home opener next Sunday, April 10 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC as they face Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers 2.


Referee: Omeed Azadpour

Scoring Summary
56’ – SLC – Pedro Fonseca
81’ – VAN – Giovanni Aguilar (Ali Ahmed)
89’ –VAN – Giovanni Aguilar (Jay Herdman)
90’ – SLC – Pedro Fonseca

VAN – Scored – Owen Antoniuk
SLC – Missed – Yekeson Subah
VAN – Scored – Jay Herdman
SLC – Scored – Marcus Vazquez
VAN – Missed – Ali Ahmed
SLC – Missed – Terron Williams
VAN – Scored – Simon Becher
SLC – Missed – Izahi Amparo

SLC 41% – VAN 59%
Shots: SLC 10 – VAN 10
Shots on Goal: SLC 5 – VAN 3
Saves: SLC 1 – VAN 3
Fouls: SLC 15 – VAN 19
Offsides: SLC 3 – VAN 0
Corners: SLC 3 – VAN 1

24' – SLC – Ethan Zamora
53’ – VAN – Isaac Boehmer
55’ – VAN – Matteo Campagna
70’– SLC – Marcus Vazquez
76’– SLC – Christian Nydegger
84’ – VAN – Giovanni Aguilar

57’ – SLC – Ethan Zamora

Whitecaps FC 2
60.Isaac Boehmer ©; 53.Simone Masi, 64.Cristian Campagna, 61.Matteo Campagna; 58.Eric White (46.Filip Rakic 62'), 92.Jay Herdman, 52.Vasco Fry, 47.Pipe Fernandez-Salvador (66.Giovanni Aguilar 62’), 51.Ali Ahmed; 76.Joe Hanson (68.Owen Antoniuk 62’), 29.Simon Becher

Substitutes not used
40.Ben Alexander, 57.Elage Bah, 83.Finn Linder, 95.Joshué Ndakala

Real Monarchs
34.Gavin Beavers; 49.Luis Rivera, 13.Nicholas Besler (67.Jesse Lopez 71’), 40.Christian Nydegger, 41.Ethan Zamora; 35.Jude Wellings, 33.Julio Benitez (72.Izahi Amparo 90’) 77.Pedro Fonseca ©; 45.Terron Williams, 55.Yekeson Subah, 62.Marcus Vazquez

Substitutes not used
56.Javier Zaragoza; 60.Gershon Henry, 70.Leo Torres