USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Sunday, February 28, 2016
BURNABY, B.C. – Kyle Greig had a hat trick as Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 took a 3-0 victory against the University of Washington in a preseason scrimmage at Simon Fraser University on Sunday afternoon.
WFC2 took the lead in the 15th minute when Victor Blasco made a strong run down the left side and into the penalty area, where he was brought down. Greig stepped up and converted from the spot for his first goal for Vancouver.
The former OKC Energy FC standout added a second five minutes later, with Blasco and Greig again key to the action. Blasco received a pass out wide and cut into the center of the field before he unleashed a strong shot on goal. Washington’s goalkeeper was able to make the initial save, but Greig was on hand to tap home the rebound from close range.
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Blasco earned WFC2 its second penalty kick of the night just over half-an-hour in as he was clipped from behind as he lined up a shot. Greig again did the honors from the spot to make it 3-0.
The second half saw a number of Whitecaps Academy players get the chance to see action, including recent 15-year-old signing Alphonso Davies. The young players didn’t add to WFC2’s lead, but did put together good pieces of possession as the hosts controlled much of the half.
For WFC2 Coach Alan Koch, the performance was another positive step toward the club’s season opener against Orange County Blues FC on March 26.
“We need as many games as we can before we start,” said Koch. “We’re not yet ready for the season, but we’re showing promising signs. We’ve obviously included a number of young players. At the end of the game, almost every one of our players was a teenager. It was a good exercise for us as a group, while it also showed a couple things that we need to work on before we start the season.”
WFC2 will next face Toronto FC II next Sunday, as the two USL clubs meet for the first time since Vancouver’s inaugural home opener last season.