Abbotsford took an early lead when Valente beat a defender, then slid
his shot under goalkeeper James Dickinson. Seattle leveled the score midway
in the second half when Joe Partridge made space for himself and beat Shepherd
with a 25-yard shot up the middle.
The first minute saw the first foul of the match lead to the first shot when Seattle's Travis Pozega headed a free kick on goal, but Shepherd easily made the save.
10' Valente (Jordan). Jordan fed a ball from the left side to
Valente, who beat his marker and carried the ball into the penalty area
for Abbotsford's first shot. With only the keeper to beat, Valente put
a low shot past Dickinson and in for the early 1-0 lead.
Abbotsford had all the good chances for the remainder of the half. A long cross past the goal was headed back by Valente for Spencer Coppin, whose low shot was blocked, then collected, by Dickinson. Late in the half Jordan carried the ball up the middle and got free for a 20-yarder, saved by Dickinson while off his line. Aaron McHardy worked a nice give and go with Jordan to earn a shot from inside the area, but Dickinson blocked the blast with his chest.
Halftime: Seattle 0 – 1 Abbotsford
Abbotsford had the good chances early in the second half. Jordan beat defender Skyler Nelson at the edge of the circle and broke straight up the middle at goal, but after Jordan had rounded Dickinson, Nelson had recovered to block the shot out for a corner. Valente also got free for a shot inside the penalty box that was also blocked out for a corner.
65' Partridge. Partridge took a pass and carried the ball to the middle of the field, made space for himself 25 yards from goal, and placed his line drive nicely into the upper right corner to level the score at 1-1.
Seattle had three good chances for the lead in the space of three minutes. First, Nick Downing had a chance from outside the penalty area with Shepherd out of position from chasing a ball he didn't get, but Downing bent the shot the wrong way and just missed the far post. Then Partridge got through up the middle and his shot deflected off the sliding keeper and headed goalward, only to be cleared away by a defender who had wisely retreated. Then from a corner kick Mike Casale's close shot caught Shepherd out of position, but the man at the post stepped sideways and cleared the shot off the goal line.
82' Jordan. A Vancouver free kick 35 yards from goal was passed to Jordan, who advanced into the penalty area on the right and saw his blast slightly deflected by a defender into the top near corner for the late 2-1 lead.
Seattle had one last good shot from a long throw-in, but Partridge's
header was just over the bar.
Final: Seattle 1 – 2 Abbotsford
Shots: SEA 13, ABB 17
Saves: Dickinson 7, Shepherd 5
Corners: SEA 4, ABB 4
Fouls: SEA 21, ABB 12
Offside: SEA 2, ABB 5
Referee: Kevin O'Brien (who did a fine job)
Attendance: 75 (this excellent match deserved more fans, especially with free admission)