For a third straight week in a row, MNUFC2 secured another victory via shootout over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. This time, they found shootout success against Whitecaps FC 2. But, there were definitely some bright spots that shone within the first ninety minutes of the contest.
Loons CB Drew Brown made his presence felt in his first pro start by adding his first pro goal in the 12th minute to commemorate the moment, and give the Loons an early 1-0 lead.
After Vancouver got on the board with an equalizer in the 28th minute, forward Tommy Williamson reestablished the Loons lead when he made good off his penalty kick in the 41st minute of play.
Even with little time left in the first half, Vancouver was able to get a little help in the 44th minute from Loons keeper Fred Emmings off of an own goal, knotting things up at 2-2 at the half. Emmings definitely redeemed himself in the second half by holding the VWC2 attack to no goals and forcing the Loons third shootout in as many weeks.
Emmings again came up big in the shootout, getting a huge block on Vancouver’s second and third shot attempts to stifle the Whitecaps 2 efforts. A 3rd goal made by the Loons would be enough to seal the deal for MNUFC2 third shootout win in a row. Next up, a Sunday showdown against Colorado Rapids 2 at the National Sports Center, marking the squads first time playing an opposing team multiple times. In their first meeting, the Loons secured their first ever shutout win with a dominant 4-0 final score. Whether it’s in the first ninety minutes or in a shootout, let’s hope MNUFC2 extend their win streak even further and duplicate their past success against Colorado.