Megan Scribner, ColumbusCrewSC.com
Columbus Crew SC fought back from a 3-0 deficient to earn a draw against Toronto FC on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium on Acura Night — extending the Club’s current unbeaten run eight matches. The final score, combined on aggregate with Crew SC’s season opening 2-0 win at Toronto, brought the Trillium Cup back to Columbus for the first time since 2015.
The Black & Gold rebounded after a shaky first half that saw them give up two goals to Toronto. The opening strike came via a Victor Vazquez penalty kick awarded to Toronto in the 16th minute. Nearing the end of the first half, Toronto doubled its lead with a goal from substitute Tosaint Ricketts.
The second half began just like the first with a Sebastian Giovinco free kick goal from Toronto in the 57th minute. Columbus took control of the game just 10 minutes later with a goal from Gyasi Zardes. Midfielder Federico Higuain sent a corner kick to Zardes, who headed the ball into the back of the net.
In the final 10 minutes of the match, defender Alex Crognale latched onto a loose ball inside the 6-yard box and scored after a free kick from Higuain — Crognale’s first goal of the season. Higuain’s free kick went left and was headed across the goal by Josh Williams. Crognale finished the possession with a one-touch goal.
With two minutes left in regulation, Columbus won a penalty as Zardes was fouled inside the box. Toronto’s Michael Bradley committed the foul, giving Columbus the opportunity to equalize. Higuain stepped up to the spot and cemented the comeback with a strike to the left corner of the net.
Columbus out-possessed Toronto by 57 percent. Crew SC is now unbeaten in eight games, tying the league’s longest unbeaten streak for this season.
The Black & Gold kicks off the 2018 U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 6, at MAPFRE Stadium. The matchup against the Chicago Fire begins at 7 p.m. ET. Returning to the regular season, Crew SC hosts the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, June 9, at 5 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium.