‘Caps Soar Over College of Charleston

Vancouver remains undefeated in preseason as it defeats the College of Charleston
by Jake Vendramin   |   Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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After coming off a 3-2 victory over the Charleston Battery on Saturday, the Whitecaps took on the College of Charleston Cougars the following day, and came out with a 2-0 win.

The Whitecaps sent out a lineup that essentially consisted of substitutes and trialists, with the exception of a few players. The 'Caps took an early lead in the 10th minute with a goal from recent signee Paulo Jr., who slotted the ball shortside off a cross from Corey Hertzog.

It was not long until the Whitecaps doubled their lead in the 28th minute when Paulo Jr. headed home a beautiful chip cross over the College of Charleston keeper.

As many had expected, the Whitecaps dominated play throughout the game and coach Martin Rennie was happy with his sides performance: 

"It was an excellent game tonight," he said. "I would have liked to have seen us be a little bit more clinical in the final third, connect our passes just a little bit better, but overall our possession, our movement, our defending was very good and our pressure on the ball was excellent. It resulted in us not really giving up a shot on goal, so overall I'm very pleased and it's a good sign."

The 'Caps are undefeated in their five preseason matches so far and they hope they can translate this success over to the regular season. Many Whitecaps fans will recall last year’s MLS preseason that saw their team lift their first silverware, as minor as it may be, when they won the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.

That success definitely carried over to the regular season until the Whitecaps hit a midseason slump. Many people will argue that particular player transfers, such as the departure of Davide Chiumiento, played a major role in the 'Caps drop of form in the summer months of the season.

If the Whitecaps want to be successful in the upcoming 2013 season, Rennie must find the lineup that can consistently grind out good results, and then not make any significant changes once this has been achieved.

NEXT UP: Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo, Carolina Challenge Cup, Wednesday, Feb. 20, Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, S.C., 2 p.m. PT.


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