COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Whitecaps FC 2 (10W-4L-6D) earned a gritty 1-1 draw versus Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (9W-6L-5D) in a top-three Western Conference showdown on Friday evening at Switchbacks Stadium.
Goalkeeper Spencer Richey was stellar yet again in net for the ‘Caps, setting a new WFC2 single-match record with nine saves, while left back Brett Levis scored the equalizer minutes after Mexican striker Miguel Gonzalez opened the scoring for Switchbacks FC early in the second half.
With a starting lineup headlined by a pair of USL 20 Under 20 selections in Kadin Chung and Marco Bustos, it was the ‘Caps defence that was busy for much of the first half, as Levis and centre back Elliot Green churned out timely stops.
The home side threatened in the 36th minute when captain Luke Vercollone and full back Jordan Burt combined on a give-and-go, but Vercollone’s shot sailed above the crossbar.
Colorado Springs got on the board shortly after halftime when Martin Maybin initiated the attack from the midfield, playing the ball forward to Mike Seth, who then set the table for a wide-open Gonzalez to put Switchbacks FC up 1-0 in the 47th minute.
The ‘Caps answered just moments later. Starting from the left side, Levis carved his way into the box, using a one-touch pass by Daniel Haber to get loose to draw Vancouver level in the 55th minute. It was the Saskatoon native's fourth goal on the season.
From then on, it was Richey stepping to the forefront, pulling out save after save and making bold plays, denying Conor Doyle, Rony Argueta, and Gonzalez – including a pair of clean looks in added time – while also getting support from his defenders.
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With the draw, the ‘Caps momentarily take the driver seat in the Western Conference standings with 36 points, while maintaining a four-point edge over Switchbacks FC (32 points), who sit in third. Second-place LA Galaxy II (35 points) host Orange County Blues FC on Saturday evening.
Whitecaps FC 2 now visit Arizona United SC on Wednesday, August 3. Watch the match live on whitecapsfc2.com. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
47’ – COS – Miguel Gonzalez (Mike Seth)
55’ – VAN – Brett Levis
Shots: COS 27 - VAN 9
Shots on Goal: COS 10 - VAN 3
Saves: COS 2 - VAN 9
Corners: COS 8 - VAN 1
48’ – VAN – Elliot Green
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
1.Devala Gorrick; 44.Jordan Burt, 3.Christian Ibeagha, 2.Josh Phillips, 5.Josh Suggs; 19.Conor Doyle, 8.Rony Argueta, 12.Mike Seth; 4.Luke Vercollone ©, 9.Martin Maybin (11.Saeed Robinson 65‘), 10.Miguel Gonzalez
Substitutes not used
23.William Thompson, 7.Nate Robinson, 13.Kevin Durr, 20.Joe Greenspan, 34.JJ Greer, 35.Taeseong Kim
Whitecaps FC 2
39.Spencer Richey; 63.Kadin Chung, 51.Sem de Wit, 54.Elliot Green, 46.Brett Levis; 58.Will Seymore (45.Giuliano Frano 67’), 30.Ben McKendry; 32.Marco Bustos (49.Fatawu Safiu 71’), 56.Daniel Haber (50.Sahil Sandhu 90’), 42.Jordan Haynes (38.Kianz Froese 61’); 47.Kyle Greig © (57.Thomas Sanner 78’)
Substitutes not used
24.Marco Carducci, 41.Jackson Farmer
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