Up against one of the toughest teams in the PDL, WSA Winnipeg did not back down. The Chicago Fire Premier team scored two early goals and held on for the 2-0 victory Saturday night.
It was a night where new and old faces found themselves in the lineup. Evan Barker made his first PDL start in goal for Winnipeg while Ali Musse returned to the club following a strong season in Texas for Tyler College.
Throughout the whole match it was the midfield that led the way for the Wolf Pack. Braden Silva, Ali Musse and Raphael Ohin put in a solid effort to control play in the match.
Chicago scored early in the first half and added a second before the break. The Heartland Division leading side are one of the most successful sides in PDL history. But they were not able to break down the WSA defense and extend the lead. Tom Prazak and Kyle Hiebert once again showed that one of the youngest centre-back pairings in the league have earned every minute on the pitch with several strong defensive plays.
Winnipeg put the pressure on in the second half but could not find the goal they needed. A pair of good chances by Prince Amara and one by Moses Danto in 1 v 1 with the goalie could not find the back of the net. Winnipeg outshot Chicago 10-5 in the second half.
Just one night of rest before the two sides do battle once again. WSA Winnipeg hosts Chicago Sunday night at the newly named Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.