Needing some positive momentum heading into the playoffs, WFC2 got just that Wednesday night in Langley.
Vancouver got a pair of goals from Marco Bustos enroute to a 2-1 win over the visiting Oklahoma City Energy. The win was the ‘Caps first in exactly a month, and couldn’t have come at a better time. Having already missed out on hosting a home playoff game thanks to the team’s second half tail spin, Vancouver desperately needed something to go their way before they headed into their first ever playoff run.
The much maligned Bustos, who has struggled mightily this year, opened the scoring in the 16th from the penalty spot after Oklahoma was called for a handball. The left footed Bustos sent the keeper the wrong way for his sixth of the year.
Bustos would double his tally in the 74th as he guided in Kadin Chung’s cross with a right footed volley from 12 yards out.
Despite having its playoff destiny already sealed, Vancouver came out with a strong effort in the first half. Reminiscent of their form from the first half of the season, in which chances and goals were greated with seeming ease, WFC2 threatened early and often.
Oklahoma City keeper Cody Laurendi made a fantastic double save off of Grieg and then Alphonso Davies in the 11th.
Grieg then struck the under side of the post with a header in the 24th.
Micheal Thomas scored the lone goal for the Energy in the 82nd minute as he beat the offside trap and looped in a free header off of an Oklahoma City free kick.
While WFC2 must wait until the weekend to see who they face, it could be either Swope Park, Los Angeles, or Oklahoma City, they know that they will be in a tough environment on the road. Fortunately, their strong performance on Wednesday will give them at least a boost of confidence heading into a historical first playoff appearance.
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