Georges Mukumbilwa 2017
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Residency Report: Full slate of weekend action

Whitecaps FC Residency teams were back in action on the weekend with a full slate of matches.

U-19

The ‘Caps U-19s headed south to face Sacramento Republic FC.

Georges Mukumbilwa scored twice in the first half to secure a 2-0 victory.

After five matches played, the U-19s are leading the Northwest Division with 2.4 points per game.

Lineup vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Thomas Hasal; Jake Ruby, Liam Robinson (Ethan Gopaul HT), Andres Charles-Barrera, Gabriel Escobar, Nicholas Fussell, Michael Baldisimo (Nikolas Papakriakopoulos 82’), Noah Verhoeven (Simon Stacey 70’); Theo Bair (Jefferson Alade 60’), Jose Hernandez (Keenan Foley 60’), Georges Mukumbilwa

U-17

The U-17s were also in Sacramento, falling 2-1 to Republic FC.

After going down 1-0, Patrick Ruszczyk tied the match at 1-1 in the 63rd minute, but Sacramento regained the lead two minutes later and saw out the match.

"Overall a disappointing result, but the performance was good enough to win the game and certainly we didn't deserve to lose it,” said U-17 head coach Adam Day after the match. “We had several chances in the first half to take and stretch a lead, but they took their only chance going into halftime 1-0 up. Again we were dominant in the second half, but as soon as we got back into it at 1-1 they scored right away to give them something to hold onto and the game fizzled out with us attacking and them countering. It wasn't the result we wanted but it was another good learning experience and we have a good run of games now heading into the Winter Showcase. I expect the next few months to be a strong period of growth for the boys."

Lineup vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Chituru Odunze; T-boy Fayia, Nikolas White, Owen McBride (Christian Campagna 80’), Christopher Lee; Ali Zohar, Chance Carter (Logan Chung 55’), Simon Colyn, Eryk Kobza (Damiano Pecile HT); Patrick Rusczcyk (Kyle Gomes 60’), Keisean Brooks (Matteo de Brienne HT)

U-15

The U-15s played two matches, first taking on Ballistic United SC.

After conceding against the run of play in the first half, the ‘Caps were sharper in the second half and were rewarded with an excellent goal from Dale Reas-Do, who had just subbed on. The end result was a hard fought 1-1 draw.

“Overall we know we could have got more out of the game, but we let ourselves down with a slow start in the first half,” said U-15 head coach James Merriman. “There were some good individual performances, including three from our 2004 group who stepped in and made positive impacts on the game: Kyle Degelman, Matteo Campagno, and Theo Afework.”

Lineup vs. Ballistic United SC
Ben Alexander; Naseeb Bains, Bhagvir Sidhu, Juliano Campadelli, Lucas Hermans; Brandon Torresan, Brian Ananias, Niko Sigur, Kam Habibullah; Frixos Petsas, Jaeden Mercure

In their second match, the U-15s took on Sacramento Republic FC.

A slow start saw the ‘Caps go down 2-0 in the first five minutes. However they quickly got back into the match with a free kick goal from Kam Habibullah.

The Blue and White then came out flying in the second half, as Habibullah completed a hat-trick to help push the team to a 3-2 victory.

“Lots of learning moments again for this group in our first away weekend,” noted Merriman after the match. “We’re pleased to see the boys fight back in both games, but we also need to have a stronger mentality to not go behind in the early moments of matches. We will take the positives and get back to work this week as we head into another double game weekend.”

Lineup vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Ben Alexander; Naseeb Bains, Kyle Degelman (Bhagvir Sidhu 55’), Juliano Campadelli, Lucas Hermans; Brandon Torresan (Eric White HT), Brian Ananias, Dale Reas-Do (Niko Sigur HT), Kam Habibullah; Frixos Petsas (Junior Nkana Bassi 65’), Jaeden Mercure (Matteo Campagna HT)

U-14

Playing their third match in a week, the U-14s traveled to earn a 2-1 win over an older Vancouver Island Wave side.

Thomas Budisa scored a goal that was assisted by Isaac Milambo, and Yayo Mutombo netted the other on an assist from Jay Herdman.

“Credit to the boys, they played well in the first half and have totally turned a corner in terms of performance output and were full value for the lead they took into the second half,” noted head coach Scott Howey to whitecapsfc.com. “We will continue to focus on the process not the outcome, but the reward of a win gives the players a nice tangible for the work they are putting in daily.”

Lineup vs. Vancouver Island Wave
Max Anchor; Jarred Smith, Josh Tome, Luke Norman, Brandon Momotani (Trialist 2’); Adam Kirby (c), Jay Herdman, Thomas Budisa (Sol Harrison 55’); Sol Harrison (Yayo Mutombo 35’), Kyle Dent (Trialist 35’), Issac Milambo (Kyle Dent 55’)
 
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