WSA Winnipeg Ends Season With Two Ties

If the game ended two seconds earlier, WSA Winnipeg would finished the 2016 PDL season on a winning note.

But it was still a success as Winnipeg tied Kokomo 2-2 one day after a 2-2 tie with St.Louis in their final games of the year.

On Thursday the Wolfpack got out to a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Tobias Krueger and Moses Danto.

But the visiting Lions from St. Louis pressed hard in the second half and cut the lead to 2-1 early on. They found a tying goal in the 89th minute for a 2-2 final.

On Friday WSA Winnipeg to right back at it, hosting the Kokomo Mantis. And once again it was the hosts getting on the board first. Tobias Krueger found the net in the 2nd minute of the game for a 1-0 lead. Kokomo would equalize with a penalty before halftime.

In the second the Mantis pushed for an equalizer, but as they moved farther up the field it opened up holes for Winnipeg. Moses Danto would strip a Kokomo defender of the ball in his own box and slid it over to Belmin Mackic as the Wolfpack re-took their lead in the 70th.

Things got rough in the final minutes as a frustrated Mantis side tried to break down a Winnipeg team looking to end the season with a win. After several cards were handed out heartbreak would follow for the home side. Kokomo scored on the last play of the game with a free-kick. For the second straight night WSA Winnipeg walks away with a 2-2 tie.

“It’s not the best result but we have to be proud of how we played through some frustrating stretches.” Said WSA Winnipeg head coach Eduardo Badescu. “We walk away feeling we should have beat one of the top teams and that shows what we are capable of.”

The ties wrap up what overall has been a successful season for WSA Winnipeg. Despite only one win on the season there is a lot to be proud of with the group of local players. Several will attend universities in the fall and suit up for their varsity teams. One player went on trial with and MLS side and others will be looking towards possible careers in professional soccer.


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