July 11, 2012
Dunfield leaves Whitecaps seeing red at BMO Field
TORONTO FC 3, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2
TORONTO—For only the third time this season, the soccer gods smiled on Toronto FC Wednesday night at BMO Field, as midfielder Terry Dunfield leaped over a goalmouth crowd in the final seconds of stoppage time to head home the 3-2 game-winner over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
It was a roller-coaster ride for the 19,812 fans in the stands, as the hometown Reds (3-11-4, 13 pts) rallied from a goal down to a 2-1 lead, then slipped back into a deadlock when Darren Mattocks scored his second of the game for the Whitecaps (8-5-6, 3- pts) in the opening seconds of injury time. Dunfield’s goal came on the last play of the game, off Torsten Frings’ corner kick.
The match was scoreless at halftime, after Toronto’s Ryan Johnson failed to capitalize on a pair of 1-v-1 breakaways on goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Cannon blocked the first attempt, and the second shot hit the right post.
Mattocks opened the scoring in the 50th minute, collecting his own rebound after netminder Milos Kocic blocked his initial shot, taking a touch to elude three defenders and the fallen ‘keeper, then scoring to the far inside netting from a sharp angle. Luis Silva equalized for the Reds 20 minutes later, touching Ashtone Morgan’s left-side service into the net from close range. Two minutes later, Cannon punched a shot by Eric Avila upfield to Frings, who scored from 20 yards.
Mattocks leveled the score 2-2 with a header after outleaping defender Logan Emery and Kocic for Jordan Harvey’s service into the six-yard box.