WSA Winnipeg kicked off their season ending home stand on July 7 with a game against Chicago FC United. Unfortunately, the guests spoiled the party handing the Wolf Pack a 2-0 defeat.
Chicago FC United scored a goal in each half – from John Freitag and Alex Alfaro – and Sawyer Jackman made 7 stops for the clean sheet. WSA created chances and had double digit attempts at goal, a good sign for the second game of the weekend.
Saint Louis FC U23 travelled to Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon for the Winnipeg’s penultimate home game of the 2017 season. It turned out to be the breakout performance of the season for Winnipeg.
Saint Louis scored the early opening goal in the 11th minute but WSA Winnipeg tied it 6 minutes later through Will Brown. Man of the match Raphael Ohin scored the game winner late in the 1st half to make it 2-1 WSA Winnipeg. The second half was more of the same, with Winnipeg continuing to create chances and Ohin added the insurance goal in the final 2 minutes of the game. Late sub Luis Melendez piled on the 4th goal in 2nd half stoppage time for a 4-1 final and the first victory of the 2017 campaign.
The brace earned Ohin a place on the Week 10 PDL Team of the Week. The player has shown that he excels at the development level and should be getting attention from clubs in North America and beyond.
The final game of the year the Wolf Pack faced the Lions version of a St. Louis team. It was a meeting between 2 teams that were heading in different directions. St. Louis had lost 4 straight in July and WSA Winnipeg was fresh off their convincing win against Saint Louis FC.
The game had a quiet first half with no score at half time, but a wild 8 minutes around the hour mark produced 4 goals. St. Louis opened the scoring in the 57th minute through Paul Miglarina, but week 10 hero Raphael Ohin answered 3 minutes later. St. Louis retook the lead 3 minutes after that only for WSA Winnipeg to level it through Daniel Sagno’s 2nd goal of the season.
It was all Winnipeg from there – with Ohin, Moses Danto, and Luis Melendez scoring to close out the game in style. While Ohin repeated his performance from the previous game with 2 goals, the man of the match was 2nd half sub Moses Danto. He came on in the 55th minute and had an immediate impact. He assisted on the 57th minute goal, and every goal he didn’t score after. He finished the game with 1 goal and 4 assists and was the second WSA Winnipeg player named to the USL PDL Team of the Week in week 11. Danto has proved again that he deserves to move to the pro level and was on the USL PDL top 50 prospect list for much of the year.
It was a strong finish for an improved team. WSA Winnipeg scored more goals, conceded 20 less, and were competitive in every game in 2017. There is a bright future for the players and the club.