It was a long weekend, in more ways than one, for Vancouver Whitecaps fans. Two games and only one point to show for it.
WFC2 did the honours in grabbing a point from a 2-2 draw with OKC Energy in USL action thanks to an own goal and a second half strike from Chris Serban.
It was an entertaining end to end game that saw the young ‘Caps come within three minutes of their first home win of the season in front of 1,217 fans.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and here’s his “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].
The officials lead the teams out
Whitecaps pre match huddle
After an end to end start OKC’s Casey Townsend breaks free and plays the ball across goal
For Kyle Greig to tap in the opener nine minutes in
Cue joy and despair
But the young ‘Caps fight back and Ben McKendry’s shot it turned into his own net by an OKC defender
1-1 and game firmly on
Both ‘keepers were being kept busy as Marco Carducci comes up with a brave save
Ben McKendry comes desperately close to putting WFC2 ahead
Then Jordan Haynes nearly hits one of the goals of the season after some great work and shot which OKC keeper Evan Newton keeps out
Is that kung fu? No, it’s just Gordon Forrest taking on Spike
WFC2’s Victor Blasco already has some admirers
Chris Serban puts WFC2 ahead in the 60th minute with a fine low finish
OKC push for an equaliser as Marco Carducci comes up with a crucial double save
The second one from point blank range
But OKC bring on their long throw specialist and it causes chaos in the ‘Caps box
Allowing Michael Thomas to tap home the heartbreaking 87th minute equaliser
Sparking OKC joy
Mackenzie Pridham just fails to get on the end of a stoppage time chance for the win
Martyn Pert counts the 31 shots from the entertaining game
WFC2 coach Alan Koch talks to AFTN after the match
And so does a familiar face, OKC coach Jimmy Nielsen
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: