All good things come to an end and sometimes it feels that they’ve come at the right time. With Calgary Foothills running away with the Northwest Division and the chance of a playoff spot a faint hope that needed a lot of help, for me, that was TSS Rovers 2018 PDL season and their last match of their sophomore campaign took place at Swangard Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Seattle Sounders U23s were the visitors and they put in a strong performance that solidified their second place in the standings with a comfortable 3-0 victory that only saw TSS come to life in the second half, before being hit by a killer third goal after pushing hard.
It wasn’t the end to the season that TSS Rovers had hoped for, but it was a season of firsts for TSS Rovers as they topped the divisional standings at one point and grabbed their first points and wins on the road. They also won their first Juan De Fuca Plate and recorded their highest points total, played some nice football, and were in the mix for second place right up to their last game. A lot to build on and some impressive individual performances that will no doubt help a number of the players as they strive to move on to the next stage of their career.
We’ll have more on the season that was in a chat with head coach Colin Elmes later this week. In the meantime, AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk (@ResidualImage)) was there to capture what action there was before, during and after the game. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
The Swanguardians give their interesting rendition of “Oh Canada” before the match – it all went downhill from there
Your last Rovers starting XI of the 2018 PDL season
Seattle made the early running and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring in the 22nd minute from leading scorer Santiago Patino
The ball fell to him on the edge of the box and his low shot got past Andrew Hicks to start the Seattle celebrations
Hicks was called into action all night but there was nothing he could do in the 33rd minute
As Jamael Cox buried a fierce first timer to make it 2-0 to the visitors
TSS made three half time substitutions to try and get back into the match and Nick Soolsma provided a spark as the Rovers tested the Seattle defence
But as the Rovers pushed forward they left space at the back and Philip Lund punished them in the 55th minute with a fantastic long range strike
3-0 an game over
Matteo Polisi nearly gets TSS on the scoresheet with a fanastic free kick but Seattle keeper Marvin Kasim pulled off an equally impressive save to deny him
No goals? Doesn’t matter, the smoke will still come for Bohemian Rhapsody
The Sounders players know the final score
Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? Cheers Wasted Sundays!
Matteo Polisi – The Swanguardians 2018 Player of the Year
The Swanguardians with last year’s Player of the Year Andrew Hicks – after another strong season for the Rovers and with the Canadian Premier League around the corner, this may be the last time we see him as a Rover
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: