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Match Report: Altitude FC VS Whitecaps FC

By Alex Rickman  /  June 12, 2024

Following Sunday’s tough day out at Thunderbird Stadium, Altitude was given a shot at redemption at Kinsmen Field, welcoming the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy sides on a beautiful June evening. The excitement was palpable at Kinsmen, where the stands were packed with people of all ages excited to take in some football and, hopefully, see Altitude avenge their difficult Saturday. So how did the matches go?

Kicking off at 4:00, the women’s game started all Altitude, starkly contrasting to the weekend’s slow start. The Whitecaps were able to mount some pressure of their own though, and seemed to be waking up as the half progressed. Despite this, Altitude held strong to the pressure, continuing to generate chances of their own. Then, in the 43rd minute, a Jade Mitchell strike found the back of the net, giving Altitude a 1-0 advantage going into the half and putting the Whitecaps women’s team behind for the first time all season. Once again, in the face of a daunting task, Altitude proved to be an extremely resilient side and would go into the break on the front foot. 

The Whitecaps would immediately begin to press hard for an equalizer at the beginning of the second half, and that equalizer would come in the form of a Kiera Blundell goal in the 49th. The Whitecaps would continue pressing to try and find a winner from there, but Altitude would give that pressure right back, with the second half proving to be a very back-and-forth affair. In the end, the dust would settle on a 1-1 draw, an incredible result for Altitude following their result against this same side a mere 3 days before. Altitude showed just how strong their mentality was in this match, as many teams would come into a game under these circumstances feeling apprehensive, but Altitude showed no sign of letting up despite their difficult loss on the weekend, playing the match on their terms and successfully taking a point from the top women’s academy in the country. This is a match that the coaches, players, and supporters should all be immensely proud of. 

On the men’s side, Altitude once again put heavy pressure on the Whitecaps early, this time capitalizing in the 13th minute when Ambrose Tinmouth found the back of the net to give Altitude the early advantage. The Whitecaps would begin to press hard from there, but Altitude continued to dictate play, continuing to create chances as the half wore on. Like the women’s match before, this match went into halftime 1-0 for Altitude, with the boys in blue having spent the majority of the first 45 playing on the front foot, generating chances in higher volume and quality than the opposition. However, the Whitecaps are no weak side, so everyone knew that going into the final 45, it was anyone’s game. 

Altitude would once again start the half strong, but the momentum quickly shifted following a red card in the 52nd minute. From there, the Whitecaps would equalize in the 58th minute off a header and would continue to press for another as the half progressed. However, Altitude would play a rock-solid defensive game the rest of the way, keeping the top academy in Canada from scoring a second goal against a 10-man side and seeing out a second consecutive 1-1 draw against the Caps. Altitude had a lot on their plates in the second half following the red card, but stepped up to the pressure, even coming within inches of a last-second winner as Hauke Tippe’s headed effort was kept out on a late corner. Overall, this felt like a game that Altitude would have comfortably taken 3 points from had luck been a little more on their side, but when dealing with the circumstances they dealt with, it’s hard to complain about coming away with a point. 

I would be remiss not to mention the support Altitude got from their fans on Wednesday. Throughout both matches, the support Altitude received was next level, particularly from the young fans in attendance. Altitude has provided a great, family-friendly environment at all of their games this year, giving fans of all ages a chance to enjoy themselves while watching the match, but this game stood out above the rest as the best atmosphere we’ve seen so far. 

Following Wednesday’s results, Altitude’s women remain 4th in the league, while the men remain in second. This is shaping up to be an exciting end to the season for both teams, so be sure to get to Kinsmen Field for Altitude’s next home match on July 7th against TSS Rovers to take it in for yourself.