How many more heads can this hydra grow? This week Seattle Sounders FC HGP Darwin Jones put on a display of goal-scoring prowess as he scored a hattrick on six shots. S2 defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps second team four-nil on the night. Andy Craven scored the other goal.
Seattle's starting lineup had five changes from last week's win over the Sacramento Republic. That meant an even more youthful flavor to the new USL side. Craven started wide with Jones and Pablo Rossi pairing as the forwards in a familiar 4-4-1-1. Rossi's set-piece magic didn't get the net this week.
Using high pressure and a flowing counter-attack, the hosts confounded Whitecaps 2.
Darwin Jones first two shots were wide and blocked. His third, created by a nifty little Craven cross was only in the 17th minute and found the net. Craven's goal came in the 26th minute when a Rossi corner was deflected out about 25 yards and 1st teamer Damion Lowe collect the ball and shot. Paolo Tornaghi saved that one, but a low diving header by Craven found the net.
Only 10 minutes later Craven found Jones again. Just 37 minutes into the match and it was essentially over. Five minutes after the break Jones completed his hattrick.
Tornaghi is Vancouver's second keeper on their depth chart. He faced eight shots on goal, saving only four. S2 took a total of 20 shots to the Thundercaps four. Charlie Lyon saved the only shot on frame.
The backline for Seattle was Andreas Correa, Nick Miele, Damion Lowe and Aaron Long. They and defensive midfielder Amadou Sanyang controlled the lesser 'Caps limiting them to zero shots in the first half.
Besides an attack powered by Jones and Craven and a defense that completely handled every test, Seatlle made S2 history in just their second game as Lim came on to play right back. Lim is a Sounders Academy player and one of five that can be rostered in the USL without losing NCAA eligibility. Kasey French entered in the 89th minute to be the second Academy player to appear in an S2 match. Saif Kerawala is also rostered, but has not entered a game. This was Kerawala's second time on the S2 bench.
The answer to the opening question is apparent "How many more heads can this hydra grow?" all of them. All of the heads.