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Whitecaps overwhelm Force at home

June 17, 2011 | 9:13 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Vancouver Whitecaps took advantage of the home team on Friday night, defeating the Colorado Force 2-0 at Loveland Sports Park.

The loss dropped the Force to 1-3-1, 4 points, on the season and left the team in seventh place in the eight-team Western Conference. Vancouver improved to 6-1-1, 19 points, and briefly pulled even with the Santa Clarita Blue Heat at the top of the conference.

Jenna Richardson, making her debut for the Whitecaps, scored both goals for the visitors.

Vancouver applied pressure early and nearly scored in the 2nd minute when Tiffany Weimer, the Whitecaps’ leading scorer, shot wide after beating Force goalkeeper Hannah Clark. In the 32nd minute Richardson, an Oregon State University product, didn’t miss on her opportunity when her shot deflected off the inside of the right post and into the goal. Weimer assisted on the goal.

Richardson made it 2-0 in the 47th minute—again off a Weimer ball—and Vancouver continued to control momentum well into the second half. Unofficially, the Whitecaps racked up 13 shots before Colorado’s first.

The home side rallied late, starting with Samantha Pena’s scoring chance in the 74th minute. Pena beat Vancouver keeper Jaclyn Dunnett but couldn’t convert on the opportunity. Moments later Colorado’s Britany Garret came close again to close a flurry of offensive momentum. The match ended with Vancouver holding a 13-5 edge in shots.

The Force will look to bounce back at 1 p.m. Sunday when it returns to Loveland Sports Park to host the Seattle Sounders on Father’s Day. Vancouver continues its Colorado visit with a 1:30 p.m. match against the Colorado Rush at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. The Sounders fell to the Rush 1-0 on Friday night.

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