The Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves gave first-place Columbus FC a surprising discovery last week, when they pulled off a 2-1 upset in Vancouver Metro Soccer League premier action.
After establishing a rattling hot-and-cold consistency during the first two months of the season, Coquitlam demonstrated a resourceful coolness Saturday after falling behind 1-0 midway through the first half.
In his first game of the year, Andrew Veer led a couple of good attacks but fell short of putting the underdogs on the scoreboard. Only a key stop by Wolves goalkeeper Mathew Bird early in the second half kept the margin at one, setting the stage for the rally.
Luigi Pantusa initiated the squad’s first goal in the 65th minute, taking a tremendous shot that Columbus keeper Thomas Lindley turned aside. But Sang Hwang would corral the rebound to set up Adam Jones for the tying goal.
Moments later, Andre Pietramala and veteran Alfredo Valente worked in tandem to feed Pantusa on the game-winner.
Bird’s performance backstopped the win, while the keeper got rock-steady support on defence from Matt Besuschko and Kyle Jones.
The win boosted Coquitlam’s record to 3-2-3 and a tie for fifth place, just three points back of first-place Columbus.
The Wolves next test comes Saturday, 5 p.m. when they host Central City United at Town Centre east field.
Gunners double Coastal
It only took Coastal Peace Arch United three minutes to take the lead.
The Port Moody Lordco Gunners would take the game from there.
Port Moody rallied after an early goal to topple Coastal Peace Arch 4-2 in Fraser Valley premier soccer action last week.
Daniel Bordignon’s marker, from an Isaac Mendoza set-up 15 minutes into the contest, tied the game. A pair of Vaughn Andrews’ tallies just before halftime put the Gunners in front for good.
While United closed the gap on a corner kick early in the second half, Mendoza restored Port Moody’s two-goal advantage late in the game.
Port Moody, who are the second-highest scoring team in the FVSL and now sit one-point back of third place at 4-0-3, hosts the Newport Rangers, 7:45 p.m. on Friday at the Port Moody Town Centre turf.
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