Not going to be too warm today in Southern Caif.. Maybe 70 today and it’s pretty cloudy this morning. They call it a “June Gloom” around here. By last night, though, the clouds had given way to a lot of sunshine so maybe that will happen again.
Here’s a match report from the PDL Seattle Wolves from last night:
(VANCOUVER, BC) – At the conclusion of their inaugural Premier Development League campaign, the Seattle Wolves Football Club may look back at the 2-1 victory in Vancouver as the principle turning point.
On Friday evening underneath the lights of Simon Fraser University, the Wolves (4-2-1) defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-1-1) 2-1 in a pulsating match.
Perhaps the most technically gifted side Seattle has faced all season, the Whitecaps pushed Seth Spidahl’s squad to its limit throughout the contest.
Vancouver’s winger Gagandeep Dosanjh repeatedly pierced Seattle’s flank in the early stages, helping his side to control the run of play.
However, Seattle’s newly acquired goalkeeper Brian Perk was up to the challenge. The U.S. Youth National Team player rebuffed Vancouver’s raiding advances, registering an acrobatic save in the 38th minute.
The performances of both keepers preserved the score-line at 0-0 heading into halftime, but the second half was an entirely different affair.
Almost immediately both sides developed a sense of urgency, needing to claim all three points to remain in the hunt for the division title.
In the 57th minute sixteen year-old winger Russell Teibert curled a magnificent shot around Perk’s outstretched arms from the top of the Seattle area, giving Vancouver a 1-0 lead.
Yet Seattle refused to concede defeat, and in the 76th minute Cunningham released Ely Allen with a through ball into the Vancouver area. (GK) Julian Latendresse-Levesque brought Allen down, and the center official pointed to the penalty spot.
Latendresse-Levesque was booked for his challenge, and Allen smoothly converted the spot-kick. At 1-1 Seattle continued to press forward, and one minute later the players were rewarded for their efforts.
Substitute Ty Klein crossed the ball from the left to fullback Sean Morris, and the Seattle University standout hammered a shot into the back of the Whitecaps’ net.
Wolves players mobbed Morris on the touchline, and when asked about his match-winning goal the defender stated, “It was huge, as we were able to turn around the lead in under five minutes.”
Morris continued, “We came all the way up here to get three points, and as a team we accomplished that task together.”
The remaining fifteen minutes of the match were frantic, but Perk directed his backline superbly to preserve the lead. Central defenders Daniel Scott and Tommy Meyer defended admirably, and at the final whistle the players rejoiced in the center circle.
Manager Seth Spidahl commented, “Tonight we truly performed as a team to overcome adversity, as we refused to pack it in after giving up the lead. We took a huge step forward, and I am proud of the players.”
The victory keeps Seattle within striking distance of first place, and on Sunday the club returns to action against the Yakima Reds.
The match will be played at home in the friendly confines of Starfire Stadium.
And something from the Pumas of the PDL urging fans to come out in support of team for matches against the Portland Timbers U23 team tonight and the USL-1 team Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup, both at Bremerton Memorial Stadium. Says Ben Pecora from the team:
We need you in the stands – loud and lively. Bring your drums and noisemakers. Portland is sending a hefty contingent to each match.