Deuces were wild for the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night.
The Whitecaps are 2-0 after beating the Toronto Lynx 2-0 at Swangard Stadium. Joey Gjertsen had his second game-winning goal of the young United Soccer League's First Division season, while goalkeeper Josh Wicks registered his second shutout.
Gjertsen scored from 10 yards out in the 45th minute after Alfredo Valente's left side cross put Toronto goalkeeper Theo Zagar out of position.
Whitecaps dominated the first half by outshooting Toronto 8-2, but the Lynx surged in the second as Tony Menezes' 71st minute header provided Wicks one of his biggest tests. Substitutes Gordon Chin and Osni Neto also had chances. Neto, a 26-year-old Brazilian, was making his USL debut.
"We were, by far, the stronger, fitter team," said Lynx head coach Duncan Wilde. "But you know, when you start that push to get the tying goal, you leave yourselves open."
Ex-Lynx Sita-Taty Matondo exacted revenge on his former squad when he scored the insurance marker on a shot from the top of the penalty area that beat sprawling Zagar. The ball found the net after hitting the right goalpost in the 82nd minute.
"[Matondo] picked the right moment," said Whitecaps' head coach Bob Lilley. "We needed a goal at that point in the game to hold them off."
The game drew 4,555 fans as blue skies replaced the rain clouds.
Cuban-born striker Eduardo Sebrango, a former Vancouver 86er, is set to make his Whitecaps' debut Friday against the Timbers in Portland. The team returns for a three-game homestand beginning May 14 versus the Minnesota Thunder.