A dramatic late draw and a win on Saturday saw both Whitecaps FC Residency teams stay at the top of their divisions.
The U-18s nearly saw their 20-match unbeaten streak broken by Crossfire Premier on Saturday, but fought until the end and pulled out a 3-3 draw to extend their run to 21 matches without defeat. The result keeps them two points clear at the top of the Northwest Division.
The ‘Caps opened the scoring midway through the first half when Patrick Izett finished a cross from Cole Morokhovich.
Crossfire tied up the match just before halftime to go into the break even at 1-1.
Striker Theo Bair, called up form the U-16 team, headed in a goal to pull ahead 2-1 in the second half. Minutes later, Crossfire were awarded a penalty kick and again drew level at 2-2.
With 10 minutes to go, the ‘Caps thought there was an offside but play continued and Crossfire finished a breakaway for 3-2.
But the Blue and White would not give up. After a late red card to Crossfire, Bair headed in his second goal of the game deep into stoppage time for a 3-3 final score.
“It was a typical Whitecaps-Crossfire match,” said U-18 head coach Rich Fagan. “We were pleased with the first half and deserved to be in the lead before their late equalizer. In the second half, we didn’t deal well with their direct play. But credit to the boys, they didn’t give up and they’ve kept the streak alive.”
Whitecaps FC U-18 lineup vs. Crossfire Premier
Aidan Aylward; Ande Baires, Quinn Bredin, Vana Markarian, Eric de Graaf; Michael Baldisimo, Marcello Polisi (David Norman 46’), Patrick Izett (Frazer Poulter 70’); Theo Bair, Terran Campbell, Cole Morokhovich (Liam McManaman 75’)
The U-16s extended their winning streak to four matches and extended their lead atop the Northwest Division with a 3-1 win over Crossfire Premier.
Crossfire scored early, but less than five minutes later Alan Camacho tied things up for the ‘Caps.
Just before halftime, Georges Mukumbilwa pulled the Blue and White ahead 2-1. Late in the match, Camacho scored his second to finalize a 3-1 win.
“That was a gritty and determined performance from the boys,” said U-16 head coach Adam Day. “We knew what we would be up against and going 1-0 down in that fashion so early in the game could have rattled our belief, but it didn't. We dug in, fought well, and played our style in difficult conditions. Once we got our noses in front, we were rarely troubled. This is a nice way to go into the spring break, recharge the batteries, and come back ready for the season run-in.”
Whitecaps FC U-16 lineup vs. Crossfire Premier
Evan Ince; Liam Robinson, Joel Harrison, Brendan Skinner, Terrell Smith; Andres Charles-Barrera, Nicholas Fussell (Alessandro Hojabrpour 55'), Noah Verhoeven (Jonas Hakkinen 65'); Georges Mukumbilwa (Tudor Mihaila 70'), Alan Camacho (Devin O'Hea 70'), Nicolas Apostol