Whitecaps FC Residency continued their Development Academy season on the weekend with a pair of road matches in California against San Diego Surf and Nomads SC. Back home, the U-14s took on an older Fraser Valley Premier boys team.
vs. San Diego Surf
The U-19s opened their road swing with a 1-0 victory.
The winning goal came off the foot of striker Jefferson Alade, who calmly finished a great build-up from Andres Charles-Barrera to Noah Verhoven to Simon Stacey, who split two defenders with a pass to Alade for the goal.
“Overall, happy we fought for the result, but our performance and quality wasn’t at the level we are capable of,” assistant coach Niall Thompson told whitecapsfc.com after the match.
vs. Nomads SC
Sunday saw another win, this time 2-1 over Nomads SC.
The Blue and White took the lead in the 16th minute as Anthony Caceres smashed home a loosed ball.
Nomads tied it towards the end of the first half from a free kick.
In the second half, the ‘Caps regrouped and scored in the 60th minute as Theo Bair received a clever pass from Jose Hernandez, turned and fired in a bottom corner strike with his right foot for the winning goal.
“Again, we’re happy with the results, but we need to have better quality in the final third,” noted Thompson. “But that will come over time as they continue training and growing.”
vs. San Diego Surf
The ‘Caps kicked off their trip with a 2-2 draw against San Diego Surf.
After the Surf took the lead against the run of play, Chance Carter scored a pair of goals to give Whitecaps FC the advantage.
First, in the 48th minute, the midfielder curled a shot in from the top of the box after an assist from Simon Colyn.
Then, in the 55th minute, Carter went on a solo run, dribbling past five defenders and slotting inside the far post to make it 2-1.
However the Surf later found an equalizer for a 2-2 final score.
“We started very brightly and should have been three or four goals up,” U-17 head coach Adam Day told whitecapsfc.com. “We were tested mentally and found some resolve to get ourselves back in the match, and take the lead. Unfortunately we lacked a bit of experience and game management to see the game out. There were a number of debuts for young players, and the match could have gone either way, so we need to learn and build on this match.”
vs. Nomads SC
On Sunday, the young ‘Caps came out firing with an 8-1 victory.
Damiano Pecile led the way with four goals, while Simon Colyn added two, Gomes with one, and Mattero de Brienne with the final goal.
“Overall, it was a good response from the players to yesterday’s disappointment,” noted Day after the match. “We challenge the boys to bring the right attitude and mentality to want to win the 50/50s and be first to the ball, and we did that. It's the starting point of how we want to play and we did the simple things right. In the end, it was a good road trip.”
A hard fought match saw the youngest ‘Caps fall against their elder competition from Fraser Valley.
The ‘Caps dictated play early, but FV started coming into match at the end of the half, scoring off a pair of set pieces. The BSCPL opponents pounced for an early second half goal, before the young ‘Caps rebounded and picked up in controlling the tempo, but were unable to find a goal as FV rounded out the scoring with a late tally.
“Overall, it was a good showing from our U-14s on the day,” noted head coach Scott Howey. “We had the territorial advantage during the majority of the match, but we were unable to turn that into enough goalscoring opportunities. With more fixtures coming against older BCSPL teams, that gives us great weekly competition. Sometimes the boys are in tough against older and bigger players. We saw that today with a couple of set piece goals with taller players naturally having the advantage. We won’t judge our young group on that, and we’re proud of how they’re growing early on and will continue to develop throughout the season.”