VANCOUVER, BC – New Zealander Myer Bevan scored a late equalizer for Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-9L-5D) to draw red-hot Reno 1868 FC (7W-4L-5D) 1-1 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium as the club held their ‘Caps Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.
With a healthy crowd on hand, including first-team players mingling and taking photos with fans, the match got off to a frantic pace as both clubs tried to impose their will and set the tone in the Western Conference battle.
The best opportunity in the first half for Whitecaps FC 2 came in the 27th minute when Deklan Wynne came down the sideline and sent a pass to the top of the box for David Norman Jr. The first-year pro connected with a strike but did not find the back of the net. Reno 1868 FC had a few chances as well, their best coming off a free kick in the 34th minute off the foot of Brent Richards. His ball found the head of a man in front but was put just wide of goal.
The second half began the same way the first one ended.
In the 61st minute, Reno had a prime scoring opportunity off a corner kick. The ball was swung into the box where Brandon Griffiths got a clean header on the ball, putting it just over the crossbar.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 73rd minute when USL veteran Dane Kelly fed a pass across the six-yard box to Brian Brown, who placed the ball into the ‘Caps net for the 1-0 lead.
Just six minutes later, it was the new kid on the block Bevan getting the ‘Caps on the board. The lead-up to the goal was first class as Nazeem Bartman made a beautiful back pass to Marco Bustos, who one-touched a ball to Bevan, making no mistake on the finish. It was the Kiwi’s first goal with his new club after spending time in England as part of the Nike Football Academy.
WFC2 now have three draws in their last five matches dating back to June 24.