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Greig Lifts WFC2 to Victory against Blues

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 03/27/16, 1:30AM EDT


Offseason addition scores second-half goal as Vancouver wins on road

IRVINE, Calif. – Kyle Greig had the only goal in his debut for Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 as it took a 1-0 win against Orange County Blues FC on Saturday night at Anteater Stadium.

After a quiet opening the Blues (0-1-0, 0pts) created the first chance in the 11th minute when Gevorg Karapetyan fired a shot over the crossbar. WFC2 (1-0-0, 3pts) also had a chance in the 20th minute as Greig was forced wide to the left side of the penalty area, but forced a sharp save from Blues goalkeeper Brandon Miller.

Miller made a big save to keep the game scoreless three minutes later as Vancouver sliced through the Blues’ defense, and was again called upon just before the half-hour mark as WFC2 broke through on goal on the right.

Orange County went close late in the first half as Daniel Baccielo headed over the crossbar after a good cross by Akwafei Ajeakwa, but the sides went to the break scoreless.

Vancouver finally found the breakthrough just before the hour-mark as a free kick by Mitch Pireaux was flicked home by a fine header by Greig in the center of the penalty area. The Blues tried to come back as Ajeakwa fired a shot over the crossbar with 19 minutes to go, while Didier Crettenand had a fine run and shot tipped onto the post by WFC2 goalkeeper Sean Melvin.

Greig almost added a second in second-half stoppage time as WFC2 pressed to put the game away, but his breakaway effort was well-saved by Miller. Vancouver wouldn’t need the insurance goal, however, as it closed out the win.