Thanks to a number of parents, staff, players, and others who took time help shovel snow at Burnaby Mountain, Whitecaps FC Residency were able to play three Development Academy matches at home this weekend.
The club would like to express appreciation to everyone who went to the field to help out.
Thanks to staff, players, parents, fiancés of staff, USL players, club legends and more, who shoveled snow for 2 hours, for today's game! pic.twitter.com/56Ua6dFZeL— WFC Residency (@WFCResidency) March 4, 2017
Now on to the action!
After the field was cleared, the ‘Caps were able to play to a 6-0 win against Santa Cruz Breakers on Saturday.
The scoring was opened on 30 minutes after good build-up from Noah Verhoeven led to a great near-post cross from Ethan Gopaul, finished with a diving header from Alan Camacho.
Gopaul continued his fine play to start the second half, scoring himself on two fine solo efforts – one with each foot.
On 66 minutes, Gloire Amanda got on the board, scoring after a through ball from Verhoeven. Amanda scored again on 85 minutes on a great passing sequence between he, Gopaul, and John Kasper.
In the final minute, Georges Mukumbilwa was taken down for a penalty, which Amanda finished for a hat-trick.
“Overall we were happy with the team performance after we challenged them at halftime,” said U-18 assistant coach Niall Thompson. “We had some great team goals and also individual efforts. We’re looking forward to playing Seattle Sounders FC next weekend.”
The U-18 match scheduled for Sunday was unable to be played due to snow and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Following their elder counterparts, the U-16s also came away with a 6-0 victory against Santa Cruz on Saturday.
Jose Hernandez led the way with a hat-trick, captain Alessandro Hojabrpour added two of his own, and Anthony Caceres rounded out the scoring.
"Overall a good display,” said U-16 head coach Adam Day. “lots of attacking qualities in display today . We created lots of chances and we're efficient in front of goal"
Lineup vs. Santa Cruz
Trevor Schneider (Darlington Murasiranwa HT); Jake Ruby, Christian Campagna, Keenan Foley, Gabriel Escobar; Alessandro Hojabrpour, Eryk Kobza, Gurman Sangha (T-Boy Faiya 50’); Keisean Brooks (Logan Chung 50’), Anthony Caceres (Jacob Aulin 50’), Jose Hernandez (Chance Carter '50)
On Sunday, the U-16s came away with a 2-1 win against De Anza Force.
Anthony Caceres opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. Three minutes later, Jose Hernandez doubled the advantage on a cross from Christopher Lee.
De Anza pulled one back in the 63rd minute, but the ‘Caps held on for the win.
“It was a bit of a strange match,” said U-16 head coach Adam Day. “We had no rhythm or flow in the second half and they scored on their first attempt on goal. They could have stolen a draw, but we were able to win the match and we’ll continue to grow and evolve as we look ahead to playing Seattle. I would also like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped shovel Sunday morning to even get the game on. Plenty of parents and staff helped out, and even U-18 players who had their match postponed. Some parents were out there from 7 a.m., so a big thank you to all!”
Lineup vs. De Anza
Trevor Schneider; Jake Ruby (Ali Zohar HT), Daniel Kaiser, Nikolas Papakriakopoulos, Christopher Lee; Michael Baldisimo, Tristan Torresan, Alessandro Hojabrpour (Chance Carter 60’); Anthony Caceres (Logan Chung 60’), Jose Hernandez (Jacob Aulin 60’), Gabriel Escobar (Faiya 60’)