Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency Defeat De Anza Force 4-2July 19, 2012
HOUSTON, TX – Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency cruised to a 4-2 win over De Anza Force on Wednesday in their second match at the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Finals in Houston, Texas.
Ben Fisk netted a second consecutive hat-trick for the ‘Caps, giving him an incredible six goals in the first two matches of the Academy Finals.
"Ben Fisk has been fantastic so far in this tournament and has shown a real nose for the net," Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency head coach Craig Dalrymple told whitecapsfc.com.
With the win, Whitecaps FC are now in pole position to qualify for the championship match on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium – home of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo. In order to do so, Vancouver need only to hold off North Carolina Fusion on goal differential. The ‘Caps currently sit at +5 while the Fusion sit at -1 after defeating Colorado Rapids 4-2 on Wednesday.
Whitecaps FC opened the scoring in the 14th minute when they countered quickly to spring Fisk on a breakaway, as the Vancouver native finished to make it 1-0.
Shortly after the 30-minute mark, Bryce Alderson made it 2-0 after breaking in from 30 yards out. Eight minutes later it was 3-0, with Alderson setting up Fisk for his second.
Though they had a commanding lead, the ‘Caps would not relent, as Ben McKendry set up Fisk for his third goal on 58 minutes to make it 4-0.
De Anza weren’t about to give up and fought back to make it 4-2, but the ‘Caps held firm and retained their lead to earn an important victory.
"We got off to a fantastic start and really controlled the play throughout the game," said Dalrymple. " This tournament has been great to showcase our talent and the program as a whole."
Next up for the 'Caps is their final group match against Colorado Rapids academy on Friday at 6 p.m. PT. Should the 'Caps win or draw, they will guarantee themselves a spot in Sunday's USSDA championship final.
VAN -14 - Ben Fisk
VAN - 30 - Bryce Alderson
VAN - 36 - Ben Fisk
VAN - 58 - Ben Fisk
DAF - 71 -
DAF - 74 -
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency
Callum Irving; Declan Rodriguez (Jason van Blerk '68), Daniel Stanese, Tim Hickson, Adam Polakiewicz (Sam Adekugbe '76); Alex Rowley, Ben McKendry, Bryce Alderson (Carlos Marquez '64); Ben Fisk (Spencer DeBoice '64), Caleb Clarke (Carlos Patino '80), Yassin Essa (Wesley Cain '60)