PORTLAND, Ore. – Continuing preparations for their inaugural 2015 USL season opener, T2 closed out their preseason schedule with a 4-1 win over the University of Portland on Sunday night at Merlo Field.
Kharlton Belmar opened the scoring for T2 in the 17th minute, placing a header into the back of the net after receiving a pinpoint cross from Rundell Winchester from the left flank. Forward Fatawu Safiu tallied the second goal for T2 in the 34th minute with a low driven shot from 35 yards that beat UP goalkeeper Adam Prevost at the near post. Former Pilots standout Steven Evans chested home a goal from a Belmar cross in the 39th minute. The fourth, and final, goal came in the 73rd minute as Winchester scored from close range.
With the team’s preseason slate concluded, T2 set their sights on playing host to fellow USL expansion side Real Monarchs SLC in the team’s inaugural home opener of the 2015 USL season at Merlo Field on Sunday, March 29, at 6 p.m. (Pacific).
Season tickets, starting at $8 per game, for T2 home matches are now on-sale at www.timbers2.com or by calling (503) 553-5555. Fans are able to purchase single-game tickets, starting at $10, for the team’s regular-season home matches, by calling (888) 736-6849 and online here. In addition, fans also are be able to purchase tickets at the Providence Park box office. The Providence Park box office is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
T2 at University of Portland (Preseason Match)
March 22, 2015 – Merlo Field (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 3 1 4
University of Portland 0 1 1
POR: Belmar (Winchester), 17
POR: Safiu, 34
POR: Evans (Belmar), 39
UP: Edwardson (Sanchez), 60
POR: Winchester, 73
UP: Sanchez (Caution), 42
UP: Coffey (Caution), 57
POR: Payne (Caution), 89
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Luthy, D Thoma, D Rose, D Clark (Delbridge, 75), D Manning, M Payne, M Gavin (Casiple, 79), M Evans (Biglieri, 63), F Safiu, F Winchester, F Belmar
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 3
UP: GK Prevost (Christensen, 45); D Arntson (Young, 33) , D Rhoads, D Johnston, D Baeza; M Dunn, M Coffey, M Sanchez, M Hanlin, M Johnston (Edwardson, 33); F Zambrano
TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 13; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 5
Referee: Chipalo Street
Assistant Referees: Andrew Deuker, Andrew Merihart
4th Official: Drew Brooks
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 52 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.