SILVERDALE, WA– Jordan Jones scored three goals over a 13-minute span of the first half as Vancouver Victory FC beat WestSound FC 4-2 before 102 fans on Saturday night at Silverdale Stadium.
Jones opened the scoring in the 26th minute on a header from 9 yards out that came off of a Nick Palodichuk free kick from 40 yards out. Jones headed the ball down sharply and it bounced over WestSound keeper Jordan Hadden. WestSound scored 6 minutes later on a nice run and pass series up the middle that saw a low shot to the right side of the goal by Kyle Schoales beat Victory keeper Sean Ervin.
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Palodichuk answered for the visitors two minutes later when he completed a give and go into the WestSound penalty box with Bryanth Garcia and slotted a shot under the keeper for a 2-1 V2FC lead.
Jones scored his 2nd goal with a 6 yard volley off of a nice pass in from Enrique Esparza in the 37th minute. Two minutes later Jones completed his hat trick with a nice solo goal that saw him collect a ball 30 yards out, dribble between two defenders, get around the sprawling Hadden and slot a slow left footed shot just over the line as a WestSound defender was sliding to clear it out. It was 4-1 Vancouver at the half.
WestSound FC fought for pride in the second half and managed to increase their possession and get one goal back. Izzy Deluna headed one in at 60 minutes.
In the end the scoring break-out from Jones was enough for Vancouver to win their 8th match and stay hot on the heels on South Sound for the division lead.
“I was excited to play today. I was feeling it. It means a lot to me to get the first hat trick in team history,” Jones said after the match. The three goals moves Jones into 2nd place in the league scoring title at 7 goals on the season.
The Victory enter a crucial three game stretch to finish out league play with a game next weekend at Spokane before returning to host Spokane (currently in 3rd place) and then league leaders South Sound on July 20th at McKenzie Stadium. Assistant Coach Sean Janson stressed the importance of today’s win in the title race.
“This was a game we felt like we should win. We haven’t been great on the road, but we performed well today and got three crucial points.” Coach Biniam Afenegus added, “We have three tough, pivotal games to finish out league play, two with Spokane and then South Sound. We have to bring our best in all three games if we have any hope of contending for the league title.”
Road points have not come easy for the Victory, but they improved to 3-3 on the road with Saturday’s win. General Manager Barrett Goddard noted that the WestSound team they played Saturday was not the same team they faced in the home opener back in early May, “In this league you face most teams’ strongest line up on the road. Today was no different with WestSound. They were full strength today and had 2-3 players we had not faced in our first match up. I’m proud of our players for their strong play today and getting three points. The coaches did a great job getting them ready this week. Hopefully this momentum will carry into our next match at Spokane next Sunday.”
Vancouver is now 8-3-0 on the season with 24 points. WestSound FC is 2-8-1 and stays on 7.
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