Whitecaps Joy Ruined By Two Ex-Pats

August 31, 2009 at 5:20 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2009 | Leave a comment

After a tight and entertaining match with the Rochester Rhinos, the Whitecaps looked like they had wrapped up a win against their mid-table Rivals with a goal from Charles Gbeke in the 66th minute.  The goal came from a long throw from Wes Knight.  Wes Knight has been one of the bright spots of our season, and he grows stronger in his game week after week. One of the tools at his disposal is the long throw.  While the rest of our dead ball situtations are routinely squandered, Knight’s long throws are dangerous on a regular basis.  Gbeke outmuscled his marker, got his head on Knight’s throw, which ricocheted off of the shoulder of his marker into the corner of the net.  Somewhat lucky, but Gbeke worked hard for it.   Gbeke uses his strength to his advantage to score goals. Gbeke has hit a bit of a purple patch, and is scoring goals consistently, which is what we have lacked.

We were solid at the back, with Pejic and Pozniak working well as a partnership.   Though they gave up a late goal, we are not giving up easy goals through mistakes and miscues at the back anymore.

Two ex-Whitecaps conspired to take away our victory in the 86th minute.  Steve Kindel, released by the Whitecaps last year, crossed a perfect ball from the left to Ze Roberto, who was released by the Caps the year before.   Ze Roberto headed the ball straight into the ground.  The ball then bounced high into the air over a helpless Nolly  and dropped into the top corner.

The tie keeps us three points behind Rochester, and one behind Montreal in seventh place.  We have a seven point cushion on Miami however, so we sit rather comfortably in the last playoff spot.   In goals for we are third, but in goals against we are seventh.   If we continue to defend well, we will be a serious threat in the playoffs.  It will be tough to beat the Timbers, however.  They look like serious quality this year.


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