For the second time already this season, WFC2 walked into Portland, and emerged with a well deserved 3-1 win. Kyle Greig notched his eighth of the year, while Fatawu Safiu burned his former team with what would prove to be the game winner. Jordan Haynes scored his first of the year to restore the two goal lead after Portland had cut their deficit in half.
It was a lightning quick start for the visitors as Spencer RIchey’s long clearance was knocked down by the former T2 player, Safiu, allowing Grieg to unleash a shot that would take a telling deflection off a Portland defender to open the scoring one minute in. WFC2 were back for more in the 19th minute as Safiu curled a free kick into the near post from 20 yards out to double the lead.
Portland would answer back in the 27th as Kharlton Belmar outmuscled Kadin Chung on the edge of the area before feeding Nico Brett for the close range finish. Portland pushed hard for the equalizer, but Richey was strong in goal for the ‘Caps. Looking to capitalize on Sean Melvin’s uneven performance against Los Angeles, Richey made a strong case to be the ‘Caps true number one with a handful of crucial saves. Brett’s bid for a second was denied at full stretch by Richey in the 67th as the keeper had to react late to pacy free kick aimed at the back post.
Seven minutes after Richey’s all important save, WFC2 produced their insurance marker as Jordan Haynes found himself on the end of a delightful flick from Grieg at the edge of the box allowing Haynes through on goal where he was able to clip the ball over Kendall McIntosh for his first of the year.
The win pushed the ‘Caps lead atop the Western Conference to four points but with two games in hand on second place Los Angeles. The win also insures that WFC2 remain the only undefeated team in the USL (6-0-2) and are tied for the best goal differential in the league.
WFC2 are in action next on Wednseday as they travel to St. Louis in order to make up for their April 30th game which was postponed due to lightning.