The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
In what has the makings of an incredible division finish, the latest twist sees Washington Crossfire jump to the top of the PDL Northwest after a 2:1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23′s Wednesday night at Redmond High School.
In what was an important midweek clash in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the Crossfire secured three valuable points with a goal in each half at Redmond High School to go top of the PDL’s Northwest Division standings.
Though former Whitecaps FC Residency product Gagandeep Dosanjh pulled a goal back for the Blue and White in the second half, the Crossfire held on for a third-straight league win, while ending Vancouver’s four-match unbeaten streak in the PDL.
Washington made the brighter start to Wednesday’s contest by taking the lead on four minutes following a goal-mouth scramble when the shot was put home by forward Zach Hammond.
After finding the Crossfire’s high pressure to be a challenge during the first half-hour of play, the U-23 ‘Caps responded well through to halftime and after the game’s restart.
Crossfire secured the points with a well-taken second goal from the edge of the Vancouver box on 54 minutes by Ben Fisk.
Whitecaps FC’s lone reply came on 61 minutes when University of British Columbia Thunderbirds playmaker Dosanjh struck home a free kick after ex-Residency striker Coulton Jackson was fouled near the Washington box.
The U-23 ‘Caps pressed in search of an equalizer in the final half-hour of the contest, but were unable to find that all-important second goal.
Washington Crossfire moves to 8-3-1 on the season with 25 points. After equal matches played (12) Crossfire is two points ahead of second place Kitsap (23).
Crossfire and the Pumas will meet on Friday in Bremerton in a match that has dual implications.