Already struggling coming into Wednesday’s match, WFC2 laid an egg at home to the Orange County Blues, losing 1-0 on a late corner. The ‘Caps have now only one once in their last seven matches, and find themselves suddenly in the thick of things in the ultra tight Western Conference with seven matches to play.
Blues captain, Brenton Griffiths, nodded in the game’s only goal in the 89th minute as the centre back found himself alone at the back post following a corner that flicked off of the ‘Caps Sem de Wit.
Despite rolling out the exact same starting lineup as they did in Saturday’s 1-1 draw to Seattle, something that Vancouver has not done all season, WFC2 looked disjointed throughout.
“They fully deserved the three points, we weren’t good enough from start to finish,” said ‘Caps head coach Alan Koch. “Very very disappointing performance.”
In a match that seemed fit for a win; at home, with a strong lineup available against a mid table opposition, WFC2 never looked like scoring. The movement off the ball was uninventive, with Daniel Haber screaming for a route one ball while running full tilt at the back line, seeming to be the best they could come up with. Throw in a dose of ill advised forty foot diagonal switches from centre back Elliot Green and you have yourself an almost unwatchable match.
Thomas Sanner had the team’s best chance, a glancing header that sailed wide in the dying seconds.
Will Seymore had the only real chance of the first half but fired his shot from the just inside the 18 straight into the keeper's grasp.
“We didn’t deserve anything tonight, the energy, the intensity, the level of application wasn’t there at the start at all,” said Koch. “I thought the second half was probably a little bit better but not by much.”
The suddenly floundering ‘Caps are in desperate need of a reset button, having seen their lead atop the standings evaporate. By the weekend, WFC2 could find themselves as low as fourth in the West, a precarious spot considering that only the top six teams in each conference make the playoffs.
“We haven’t made the playoffs yet, so we’re not even talking about the playoffs, we’re not even thinking about the playoffs,” said Koch. “We’ve got to prepare ourselves to bounce back from this and hopefully get some points in the next game.”