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Match Report: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Altitude FC

By Alex Rickman  /  June 10, 2024

Following a rainy last matchday against Burnaby FC, Altitude made the trip to Thunderbird Stadium to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy sides on a beautiful June day. Things did not go the way Altitude had hoped last game, as the women fell 3-1 to a strong Burnaby side and the men’s game was postponed due to rain, and this would be no easy task, with the Whitecaps fielding teams that are among the league’s best in both the men’s and women’s competitions. How did Altitude handle the daunting task of taking on the Caps at their home field?

After a noon kickoff, the women’s game did not get off to the start that Altitude had hoped for, as the Caps had taken a 4-0 lead inside the first 25 minutes. However, Avery Tulloch would put Altitude on the board after some pretty passing with Aurora Hughes-Goyette to cut the lead to 3 in the 28th minute, giving Altitude some momentum for the remainder of the half. Chances were traded in the final 15 minutes of the first half, but none would ultimately find the twine, and the 4-1 advantage for the Caps would remain intact going into the break. Things would not be easy from here, but the momentum swing after Tulloch’s goal was noticeable. Altitude had a difficult final 45 ahead of them, but putting themselves on the board is not something many teams can say they’ve done against this Whitecaps side this season. 

Altitude came out swinging in the second half, as Aurora Hughes-Goyette put one home to make it a 4-2 game within the first minute of kickoff. The Whitecaps, however, would respond quickly and did not let up from there, scoring a flurry of goals in the second half that would ultimately end with a 10-2 victory for the home side. This was far from the result that Altitude wanted or expected going into this game, but some solace can be taken in the fact that they are the first team to score more than a single goal against this Whitecaps team in the 2024 campaign. Keeping your head up after a result like this is not an easy thing to do by any means, but the Altitude players and coaches took the bad result in stride, seemingly accepting that they may be unable to change what happened today and beginning preparations to avenge the loss later this week when the Whitecaps are welcomed to Kinsmen Field. 

As for the men’s game, Altitude got off to a flying start, dominating possession and creating chance after chance in the early stages of the match. The Whitecaps did manage some chances against the run of play, but throughout the first half, it seemed like Altitude’s game to lose. As the whistle blew to call a close to a scoreless first half, Altitude seemed unlucky not to have found the back of the net off the back of all the pressure they put on the Whitecaps, but it was clear that despite the Whitecaps status as one of the league’s top teams, Faly Basse’s men were not content to sit back and have the game brought to them. 

The second half was a lot more evenly matched than the first, with the Caps starting to wake up soon after the whistle blew to begin the final 45. The Caps would eventually strike first, finding the back of the net in the 64th minute, but Altitude were not deterred by the setback. Carson Buschman-Dormond would find himself on the end of a beautiful pass from Lucas Booth, which he made no mistake putting into the back of the net for his team-leading 4th of the season. Altitude would create a few more chances to take the lead, but after going down to 10 men in the 86th minute, would have to let up on some of their pressure and see out the rest of what would finish as a 1-1 draw. Altitude looked like the better side throughout much of the match, but it’s hard to complain about claiming a draw away from home against one of the league’s top sides. 

Following Sunday’s difficult result, Altitude’s women now sit 4th in the table, while the men have moved into second, trailing only TSS Rovers for the top spot. Altitude will face the Whitecaps again in their next game, this time at home, on June 12th. This will be no easy task, but Altitude will be as motivated as ever to put on a good showing at home following Sunday’s events at Thunderbird.