“It’s been a long time coming”, was WFC2 head coach Alan Koch’s take on his side’s first USL home win. After a couple of close calls and late heartbreak, WFC2 finally chalked up that historic win with a 2-1 victory over Real Monarchs SLC.
Caleb Clarke and Ben McKendry gave the young ‘Caps all three points and they survived a late penalty to hold on for the win.
You can read our postgame piece HERE, with quotes from Koch, McKendry and captain for the day, Diego Rodriguez.[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
WFC2 come out for battle
Things get feisty early with a 5th minute booking for the Monarchs’ Lennon Celestino
Caleb Clarke tries his new cunning plan to beat the offside trap
And it works as he fires WFC2 into a 21st minute lead!
Nothing like the ball nestling in the opposition net
How many goals has he scored so far? Three is the answer
12 minutes later a great run, control and cut back from Victor Blasco sets up the second
And Ben McKendry slots home his first of the season for 2-0 WFC2
Much to the dismay of the corner flag – and the referee who incredibly books him!
“He’s one of our own” sing Curva Collective
Someone’s a hugger
Thunderbird Stadium in all its glory
The ‘Caps look like their heading for a comfortable win before pulling one back through a 82nd minute Lucas Baldin penalty that sends keeper Spencer Richey the wrong way
The Monarchs are reduced to ten men when Phanuel Kavita picks up a second yellow
It’s a double bottle celebration kind of day for Jackson Farmer!
Ben McKendry does the Humba with Curva Collective
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: