RICHMOND, BC – It was a winning weekend for Whitecaps FC Residency, as both the U-18s and U-16s won against Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers Academy at Hugh Boyd Park.
The ‘Caps Residency matches took place as part of the BC Soccer Grassroots Festival hosted by Richmond FC.
The U-18s increased their unbeaten streak to 20 matches and kept their place atop the Northwest Division with a 2-1 win over the Timbers.
Terran Campbell opened the scoring in the first half on a give-and-go with Alphonso Davies.
Davies then scored himself to double the lead to 2-0, breaking through a gap in the middle of the field and slotting one in.
The second half took a turn when Gloire Amanda was shown a second yellow card, dropping the ‘Caps to 10 men. Portland then scored a goal off a scramble in the box to cut the score to 2-1.
But the ‘Caps would not be denied and hung on for another victory.
“It was a pleasing first half, we played some great stuff,” said U-18 head coach Rich Fagan. “The second half took a turn with the red card decision. Two months ago we probably would have conceded late and drawn the match, but credit to the players because they managed the game well in the end.”
Whitecaps FC U-18 lineup
Luciano Trasolini; Andre Baires, Vana Markarian, Frazer Poulter (Quinn Bredin 60'), Michael Baldisimo; Marcello Polisi, Alphonso Davies, Cole Morokhovich (Daniel Sagno 60'), Terran Campbell, Gloire Amanda
The U-16s also stayed atop their division with a strong 3-0 win over the Timbers.
Alan Camacho opened the scoring in the first half with great build-up play.
Theo Bair then doubled the advantage with a goal of his own two minutes later. Late in the match, Bair added his second and the team’s third for a 3-0 final score.
“Overall, a good return to match play after a couple weeks off,” said U-16 head coach Adam Day. “I thought the first half we were excellent, pressed well and moved the ball quickly. The second half we were a bit sloppy and lacked a bit of concentration. That being said, we shook off the rust and kept a clean sheet, so I’m pleased for the boys.”
Whitecaps FC U-16 lineup
Trevor Schneider; Christopher Guerreiro (Travis Selje '65), Brendan Skinner, Joel Harrison, Liam Robinson; Andres Charles-Barrera (Jonas Hakkinen '50), Nicholas Fussell (Alejandro Hojabrpour '50), Noah Verhoeven (Georges Mukumbilwa '50); Theo Bair, Alan Camacho (Devin O'Hea '70), Nicolas Apostol