Fresh off a satisfying 1-0 road win in Orange County to start the season, WFC2 walked into Merlot Field and beat Portland Timbers2 3-1. A second half penalty for Kyle Grieg gave the visitors the lead before newcomer Daniel Haber added two well taken goals to stake Vancouver to a 3-0 lead. Dylan Damraoui got one back for T2 in the 78th minute.
After putting on a sterling defensive performance in the Orange County win, WFC2 showed their attacking flair in Portland. Portland keeper Wade Hamilton was called into action early and often in the first half, reacting well to deny Haber and Seymore from close range. The ‘Caps would get there break through at the hour mark as Brett Levis was taken down after playing a tight one - two on the edge of the box with Grieg before being taken down as he skipped past the last defender. Grieg calmly stepped up and sent Hamilton the wrong way.
Levis was involved again six minutes later as his long cross was corralled by Haber who cut in and deposited with his left foot for his first goal with the ‘Caps. The offseason addition was back at it again in the 73rd as Haber found the bottom corner from 18 yards out. Darmaoui got one back for the home side as he blasted in at the near post from a tight angle, denying Richey his clean sheet.
With their second road win in as many games, WFC2 are off to a dream start. Last year saw the team claim only three wins all year on the road, and the defensive improvements are easily noticeable. These improvements will be put to the test next week as the ‘Caps welcome a strong Sacramento Republic team to Thunderbird Stadium for their home opener.
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