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WFC2 Earn 3-1 Home Victory over S2

July 4, 2015 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 News Release

VANCOUVER, BC - A late Victor Blasco brace propelled Whitecaps FC 2 (5W-8L-4D) to a thrilling 3-1 win over Sounders FC 2 (9W-6L-2D) on Saturday afternoon at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

With the score 1-1, Blasco scored in the 89th and 90th minutes to help WFC2 claim their first win over S2 in three attempts this season.

Not a bad birthday present for the Spaniard, who turned 21 earlier this week.

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It was also a momentous game for first-team defender Christian Dean, who scored his first professional goal in the 41st minute.

The young 'Caps are now 4W-1L-3D at home this season.

There was plenty of action in this one - at both ends of the pitch.

S2 looked dangerous early and forced Marco Carducci into four first-half saves. Their best chance came in the seventh minute, when Oalex Anderson got behind on the counter before a sprawling Carducci turned him away with a fingertip save.

WFC2 had a few opportunities on the counter, too. The likes of Marco Bustos, Andre Lewis, and Caleb Clarke had two separate breaks, including a three-on-one in the 18th minute, but simply couldn't find the back of the net.

After a few more chances from both sides, WFC2 finally opened the scoring in the 41st minute through Dean's first goal of the season. The 6-foot-3 defender, who was playing left back, played a nice one-two with Brett Levis before finishing first time from inside the box to put WFC2 ahead and end S2's two-match shutout streak.

Levis was awarded the lone assist on the goal - his second in as many games.

WFC2 nearly doubled their lead early in the 49th minute, when Lewis found Clarke in the box with a low cross from the right. But S2 keeper Charlie Lyon just managed to keep it out, with the help of a defender, before gobbling up the Lewis rebound.

The visitors started to come on after conceding the early chance. And in the 67th minute, S2 brought the game level through a bending Sergio Mota strike from 20 yards.

Then, it was time for the Blasco show.

Shortly after entering the match, the Spaniard scored two beauties in the span of a minute late to lead WFC2 to victory in front of 1,409 boisterous fans at Thunderbird Stadium. Both goals were assisted by Billy Schuler, who was also a second-half substitute.

Saturday's match was the first of three straight matches at home for WFC2. Next up is another Cascadia derby, 65fcc58eb5318c939ee4e6df9 this time with Timbers 2 on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. PT.

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