WFC2’s inaugural USL season has come to an end.
It looked like it was going to end on a high note but it finished as it began, with a defeat, after the ‘Caps gave up a two goal second half lead to lose out 3-2 to Austin Aztex at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Brett Levis got a brace and had a fantastic game on his road back from injury, and there was some more professional time for Residency players Kadin Chung and Tommy Gardner.
The defeat left WFC2 second bottom of the Western Conference, with 30 points from their 28 matches and the second worst goals against record in USL. A lot to take forward into next season, and a lot to work on at the same time. But more on that later in the week.
For now, AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action from before, during and after the game. Here’s our “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
Brett Levis plays in Victor Blasco in the early going
And the Spaniard looks to have given WFC2 the lead
Only for the goal to be chopped off for offside
Caleb Clarke has the next chance for the Caps but his 35th minute shot is headed off the line
Four minutes later, Jackson Farmer sees his header turned just past the post
But the breakthrough comes two minutes into the second half through a 25 yard scorcher from Brett Levis
1-0 Caps and cue celebrations
Levis is at it again ten minutes later, powering into the box
Before firing home to make it 2-0 Caps
Some short lived joy
Austin pull one back midway through that half through Romain Gall
Spencer Richey saves Sainey Touray’s 80th minute shot
But the rebound falls to Tony Rocha who drills home the equaliser
Austin weren’t finished and with WFC2 pushing forward, a Mozzi Gyorio ball into the Caps box finds an unmarked Kris Tyrpak
Who gives Richey no chance from close range for the winning Aztex goal
Sparking Austin joy and celebrations
One last chance for the Caps but to no avail and it ends 3-2 Austin
Kekuta Manneh catches up with his old coach and mentor at the Aztex, Paul Dalglish
Along with some other old Aztex friends
WFC2 coach Alan Koch’s final post game press scrum of the season
The AFTN WFC2 special podcast recording in full flow. Watch for Episode 127 midweek!
You can see more photos from the match in the Flickr slideshow below: