In 2015, WFC2 finished their inagural USL season with an 11th place Western Conference finish, obviously missing the post-season. Now, just one season later, they’re heading to the Western Conference Semi-Finals after a gutsy come back win over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
The final score at Switchbacks Stadium on Friday night was 2-1, with the Whitecaps getting goals from Captain Kyle Greig and from Kianz Froese.
WFC2 head coach went with a starting 11 made up of Spencer Richey in net, with Kadin Chung, Sem De Wit, Cole Seiler and Brett Levis getting the start on the backline. Froese, Thomas Gardner, Matthew Baldisimo and Daniel Haber figured in the midfield, with Greig and Marco Bustos heading the attack.
It was Colorado that got off to the early start, opening the scoring just seven minutes into the contest. Luke Vercollone put home a header off a ball from Josh Suggs, and WFC2 suddenly found themselves behind, early, and on the road.
They would persevere, and 10 minutes later Greig would knot things up.
In the 31st minute, Vancouver pulled ahead thanks to a goal from Froese.
In the 50th minute, Greig nearly scored a brace, instead it was a great save from Colorado goalkeeper Devala Gorrick.
Gorrick came up big again in the 79th minute, this time stopping Froese on his chance for a brace.
WFC2 were able to guide the ship home for the victory, and now advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals, which take place on Saturday, October 8th. They’ll play the winner of Saturdays match between the Rio Grande Valley, and the Oklahoma City Energy.