After earning a reputation for dramatic comebacks, WFC2’s reputation of being the cardiac kids finally caught up to them, as their furious rally in Seattle fell short. Coming off of their first loss of the season, WFC2 dropped their second straight match, falling 3-2 to the Seattle Sounders2. Kyle Grieg scored his tenth of the year from the spot to even the score just before half and former Seattle player Giuliano Frano scored his first for Vancouver to close the deficit to one late in the second half.
The last placed Sounders2 came into the match having won only once all year, yet appeared up for the match against their Cascadian rivals at the top of the table. Andy Craven opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 41st as Brett Levis’ sliding tackle on Zach Mathers was deemed reckless by the referee.
Moments before halftime WFC2 had levelled the score, as Ben McKendry was taken down in the area after a neatly weighted pass from Marco Bustos. Greig stepped up and made no mistake from the spot for his league leading 10th of the year.
Before the fans could make their way back from halftime, the home side was again in front.
Victor Mansary corralled a beautiful through ball from Zach Mathers before sliding his third of the year past an onrushing Spencer Richey.
Seattle would double their lead ten minutes later as Lorenzo Ramos’ gorgeous strike from thirty yards left Richey with no chance.
Finding themselves in a familiar hole, the ‘Caps began their rally in the 72nd when Frano got behind the defense and made no mistake against his former team.
Grieg had two glorious chances to level the game but was denied by Tyler Miller in close in the 74th before heading a McKendry free kick square off the bar minutes later.
Will Seymore would also find the woodwork in stoppage time as WFC2 frantically pressed for the equalizer.
Richey was forced into a fine double save in the 66th minute as he denied Mathers and Craven in short order to keep the game close.
Winless in their last three, WFC2 saw their stranglehold on top spot in the West slip, as Colorado Springs remains level on them on points but has two games in hand.
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