SeaWolves snap losing streak
The win snapped a three-match losing streak for the SeaWolves, who improved to 4-6 with six games remaining. Victoria fell to 2-6-3.
“We're very happy to get the win,” SeaWolves coach Alex Silva said. “We still believe we have a chance for the playoffs. If we can play like we did in the second half, we should be good.”
The SeaWolves scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute on a scramble inside the goal box. Midfielder Marshall Kosaka tapped the ball in for his first goal of the season. Elmer Rodriguez, making his first appearance of the season, made two tough second-half saves to earn the win in goal.
The SeaWolves played the final few minutes with 10 players after Kosaka picked up his second yellow card of the game. It was the third time this season North Sound finished a man down because of a red card. Kosaka will miss Monday's game against Portland.
The Highlanders, who finished second in the PDL Northwest Division a year ago, took the lead in the 20th minute when Gareth Langdon headed home a Jordan Hughes cross. It was 2-0 in the 33rd minute after the SeaWolves appeared to score into their own net, though the goal was credited to Ashley Burbeary.
The North Sound rally started in the 40th minute when Victoria defender Kalem Scott fell on the ball in the goal box and was whistled for a hand ball, leading to a penalty-kick goal by Abdul Aman, his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
The SeaWolves tied the game 2-2 in the 54th minute when David Hill dropped a pass off to Marysville native Brady Ballew and Ballew fired in a shot from about 15 yards out for his third goal of the season.
“The second half was the best we've played all season,” Silva said.
The SeaWolves have two home matches remaining, starting with Monday's 7:30 p.m. contest with the Portland Timbers U-23 squad.
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