BURNABY, B.C. -- Playing in their third-last match of the
Premier Development League (PDL) season, the Vancouver
Whitecaps FC U-23 defeated Northwest Division rivals the
North Sound SeaWolves FC 4-0 at Swanguard Stadium.
"We had to get the win tonight and we pushed hard from
the opening whistle," said residency head coach Craig
Dalrymple. "We set a good tempo to the game and
pressed them as high as we could. We created a lot of
opportunities and went two up in the first half and then we
came out in the second half with two quick goals in five
minutes and put the game to bed."
It was a perfect evening for soccer in Burnaby without a
cloud in the sky and a strong turnout of devoted fans on
hand for the Friday night match. The play was equally as
unobstructed with some quick back and forth between the
rival sides. But the 'Caps (6-5-3) clearly
appeared the dominant of the two teams, dictating the quick
pace of the match and keeping the
SeaWolves (4-10-0) on their heels throughout.
Despite a smattering of attempts on the counter-attack, the
'Caps would help goalkeeper Nolan Wirth earn a shutout in
his first match for the U-23 team of the season. Wirth, who
typically plays with Whitecaps FC's U-16 team, was stepping
in for 'Caps goalkeepers Callum Irving and Lucas Menz as
they prepare for the U-18 playoffs in just over a week's
Whitecaps striker Coulton Jackson would get on the
scoreboard first in the 33rd minute, easily tapping in the
ball after a headed ball by James Farenhorst from the top
of the six-yard box.
The 'Caps would continue to turn the screws, scoring a
second time only 11 minutes later when Gagan Dosanjh played
a perfectly weighted through-ball directly into the path of
a streaking Kartar Hundal, who cooly slotted his shot past
North Sound goalkeeper Andrew Wildfong. Hundal's blazing
speed would continue to cause problems throughout as the
SeaWolves struggled to contain him on the right flank.
Whitecaps FC would serve up more of the same in the second
half. Carlos Marquez performed a spectacular bicycle kick
which the SeaWolves keeper made an equally spectacular save
on but spilled it right into the path of Jackson, who
tapped it in to earn himself a brace.
The Blue & White would finally put the match well out of
reach for North Sound only moments later when Bobby Jhutty
struck a piledriver into the top-left corner of the net
from a good 25 yards out.
With the 'Caps firing on all cylinders it was an impressive
performance indeed which can only help their run at a
playoff position. "The boys are hungry enough to want
to win out the season," said Dalrymple, "and I
think they've got a good chance to do it."
The 'Caps remain on home turf for both of their
remaining two matches, beginning with another clash this
Sunday at noon against the Victoria Highlanders FC at
Minoru Oval Park in Richmond, B.C. Following that the U-23
'Caps wrap up their PDL campaign against Fraser Valley
Mariners FC at Swanguard Stadium on Wednesday night in
their final match of the season.