U-16s 2017 academy playoffs celebration

Academy Playoffs: U-16s advance to the quarterfinals

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The final day of the Academy Playoffs group stage brought the end of the season for the U-18s, but joy for the U-16s as they advanced to the quarterfinals.

Match reports below.

U-16

The younger 'Caps pulled out a nail-biting 3-2 victory over LA Galaxy Academy to win Group C and advance to the quarterfinals, to be played next Thursday, July 6.
 
It was a fantastic start for the 'Caps when an early flurry of attacks led to striker Jose Hernandez being brought down in the box. The team's leading scorer then calmly stepped up and finished it for his fourth goal in three playoffs matches, and a 1-0 lead.
 
Despite a very strong start to the match for the 'Caps, the Galaxy tied it up on 22 minutes, A quick counter attack led to a pinpoint shot from Zico Bailey inside the far post to level the score at 1-1.
 
After going into halftime even, the 'Caps pulled ahead two minutes into the second half. After a shot off the post, Jefferson Alade put in the rebound and scored a goal for the third consecutive playoff match to put the Blue and White up 2-1.
The Galaxy once again tied it up on 54 minutes, capitalizing on a turnover to make it 2-2.
 
However the young 'Caps would not be denied and kept pressing. With less than 10 minutes to go, captain Alessandro Hojabrpour sprung substitute Keisean Brooks on a break, and he would make no mistake to give the lads a 3-2 lead.

A tense few minutes ended with the same score, a 3-2 victory for the 'Caps.

The U-16s now wait for details of their quarterfinal match.

"Unbelievable effort from the boys in this match and this week in general," U-16 head coach Adam Day told whitecapsfc.com. "They have given every ounce of energy and it is deserving that they have edged over the line. We were dealt with an extremely difficult group and we had the toughest opponent come last in LA Galaxy. At 2-2 with 10 minutes to go, for the boys to dig that little deeper to find the winner they needed, what more can I say? Absolutely outstanding. All credit to the players and the medical/physical staff because all the season's hard work is what got us out the group. The boys get some well earned rest now before we can turn our attention to the quarterfinal." 

GROUP C STANDINGS (U-16)
 
Team GP W L D GF GA GD
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 2 1 0 9 6 +3
Houston Dynamo 3 2 1 0 6 6 0
Philadelphia Union 3 1 2 0 6 7 -1
LA Galaxy 3 1 2 0 6 8 -2
 
Scoring Summary
4' - VAN - Jose Hernandez (penalty kick)
22' - LA
42' - VAN - Jefferson Alade
54' - LA
73' - VAN - Keisean Brooks (Alessandro Hojabrpour)
 
U-16 lineup vs. LA Galaxy
Evan Ince; Jake Ruby (T-Boy Faiya HT), Keenan Foley, Nikolas White, Christopher Lee; Ali Zohar (Chance Carter 53'), Alessandro Hojabrpour (c), Anthony Caceres; Gurman Sangha (Keisean Brooks HT), Jefferson Alade, Jose Hernandez (Jacob Aulin 53')
 
U-18

The U-18s were on the front foot for 90 minutes, but unfortunately could not find a goal as they fell 1-0 to Real Salt AZ Academy.

Wind blasted cross the field in an even first half that ended deadlocked at 0-0. Terran Campbell had the best opportunity for the 'Caps, just sending a low shot wide of the far post on a counter.

As rain started to come down in the second half, RSL hit the post then scored on a long strike in the 71st minute to go up 1-0, putting the 'Caps in a tough position.

In the end, it was too much to overcome as they saw their season come to an end with the final whistle.

Team GP W L D GF GA GD
Real Salt Lake Academy 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
Crew SC Academy 3 0 1 1 7 6 +1
Dallas Texans 3 0 2 1 2 8 -6
 
Scoring Summary
71 - RSL
 
U-18 lineup vs. Real Salt Lake AZ Academy
Thomas Hasal; Liam Robinson, Brendan Skinner, Jonas Hakkinen, Gabriel Escobar; Matthew Baldisimo (c), Michael Baldisimo, Nicholas Fussell; Terran Campbell, Gloire Amanda, Georges Mukumbilwa
U-18

The U-18s were on the front foot for 90 minutes, but unfortunately could not find a goal as they fell 1-0 to Real Salt AZ Academy.

Wind blasted cross the field in an even first half that ended deadlocked at 0-0. Terran Campbell had the best opportunity for the 'Caps, just sending a low shot wide of the far post on a counter.

As rain started to come down in the second half, RSL hit the post then scored on a long strike in the 71st minute to go up 1-0, putting the 'Caps in a tough position.

Team GP W L D GF GA GD
Real Salt Lake Academy 3 1 0 1 6 3 +3
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 1 0 1 3 1 +2
Crew SC Academy 3 0 1 1 3 5 -2
Dallas Texans 3 0 1 1 1 4 -3
 
Scoring Summary
71 - RSL
 
U-18 lineup vs. Real Salt Lake AZ Academy
Thomas Hasal; Liam Robinson, Brendan Skinner, Jonas Hakkinen, Gabriel Escobar; Matthew Baldisimo (c), Michael Baldisimo, Nicholas Fussell; Terran Campbell, Gloire Amanda, Georges Mukumbilwa
 
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