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Whitecaps Earn 3-1 Victory
French scores twice to lead Vancouver against Strikers

Vancouver Whitecaps News Release - www.whitecapsfc.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

COQUITLAM, BC
- On a cloudy Wednesday night in Coquitlam, Vancouver Whitecaps FC women earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory against the LA Strikers. Mele French scored two goals with a third coming from Marissa Mykines, while Jenna Richardson added two assists. The match was hosted by Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club.

With a rambunctious crowd in support at Percy Perry stadium, the ‘Caps started the match composed and focuse. The opening minutes saw great chances go astray, with French set up for a breakaway from Jenny Jeffers’ pass in the fourth minute but her shot went wide. Richardson was the next to threaten with a shot from the top of the box in the 12th minute, but Strikers goalkeeper Alyssa Congdon was up to the challenge.

Despite some convincing play early on, Vancouver soon found themselves paying for a turnover, as Mary Ronau was gifted possession and fired a shot high off the crossbar and in, giving the visitors the early advantage.

After going down a goal, the ‘Caps did more than recover from the deficit, with rapid goals from French and Mykines in the 19th and 20th minutes putting Whitecaps FC up 2-1.

The ’Caps continued to pile on pressure and keep the defence on their heels as the half went on.  Just before the halftime break Vancouver put on a great display of passing from Mykines to Richardson, who then outran the onrushing goalkeeper to cross to the head of French for a header goal and her second of the evening, making the score 3-1 for the ’Caps at the half.

Vancouver was a fortress in defense for the second half, limiting the Strikers to just four shots. Substitute Jacklyn Sawicki made her presence known in midfield with multiple forays into the attacking end and effective through balls to her teammates up front.

The Strikers made a goalkeeping switch in the 74th minute when Nicoline Jorgeunsen replaced Congdon. The new ’keeper was quick to work blocking shots from ‘Caps sub Brandi Vega to keep her side in the game.

In the end, Vancouver finished on the positive end of the result thanks to a convincing all-around performance.

“The players showed great character and weren’t going to let this one get away tonight,” said Whitecaps FC women’s head coach Jesse Symons. “We’ve had some very good performances this year so far but haven’t managed the games well enough at times, so we’ll definitely look at this as a positive for the next game."

With the victory, Whitecaps FC jump up to sixth spot in the W-League Western Division Standings with five points.  The ’Caps will look to continue climbing the standings next Friday, June 22, when they host fifth place Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey. Kickoff for next Friday’s match is set for 7:30 p.m. PT. For schedule and ticket information, visit whitecapsfc.com or contact Hugh Hamilton at 778-330-1360.

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