Virginia Beach holds off Timbers, 2-0

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Jakob Fenger and Steve Shak each scored on assists from Darren Caskey as the Virginia Beach Mariners shut out the Portland Timbers Friday night at the Virginia Beach Sports Complex.

In the 33rd minute, Caskey sent a through ball to Fenger who split the defense and sent a low shot underneath Timbers goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

The Mariners (6-13-7, 25pts) added another goal in the second half on a corner kick when Caskey found the head of Shak in the 51st.

Next up, the Timbers (8-9-8, 32pts) head to the University of Richmond Stadium Saturday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. (Pacific) for a match with the Richmond Kickers.

Saunders collected four saves on 15 shots in the losing effort.

The Timbers’ final two regular-season matches of the year will take place at PGE Park, beginning Thursday, Sept. 8, when Portland hosts Atlanta at 7 p.m. After a day off, the Timbers will close out the regular season with a match against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, Sept. 10, also at 7 p.m.

TIMBERS NOTES: Edwin Miranda and Tom Poltl will sit out Saturday’s match after drawing cautions Friday … Paul Conway will also sit for drawing a red card Friday.

SCORING SUMMARY: Fenger, 33’ (Caskey), Shak 51’ (Caskey).

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY: POR Thompson, YC (52’), Miranda, YC (53’), Conway, RC (72’), Poltl, YC (84’); VB Caskey, YC (38’), Shak, YC (40’), Nusum, YC (75’).

LINEUPS: PORTLAND (8-9-8) Saunders GK, Marcum (Wilkinson 72’) D, Morrison D, Thompson D, Lines D, Alcaraz-Cuellar M, Goldthwaite (Benedetti 82’) M, Winters (Alvarez 45’) M, Miranda M, Conway F, Higgins (Poltl 69’) F; VIRGINIA BEACH (6-13-7) Nelson GK, Danbusky D, Morelli D, Hutchison (Myers 24’) D, O’Neill D, Shak M, Brillant (Castellanos 70’) M, Bilyk (Knott 82’) M Fenger (Nusum 71’) F, Caskey F, Amani-Dove (Sepuya 85’) F.