PORTLAND, Ore. – T2 earned a 2-1, come-from-behind victory against reigning USL Champions Sacramento Republic FC as forward Steven Evans tallied the late game-winning goal in front of 2,501 fans at Merlo Field on Thursday night.
With the win T2 (2-0-0, 6pts) earned all six points from their first two home games in their inaugural USL season. A second-half substitution, Evans pounced on a ball that was redirected by a defender and fired a shot from distance for his first goal of the season in the 86th minute to give T2 a 2-1 lead.
Sacramento Republic FC (1-2-0, 3pts) took a 1-0 lead in the match as forward Cameron Iwasa finished a chance in the 61st minute, placing a low shot into the corner after a T2 defender slipped in the box.
T2 quickly answered back as Kharlton Belmar scored his third goal in two matches, receiving a pass at the far post from Taylor Peay, finishing with his first touch in the 63rd minute to level the score.
Following Thursday’s match, T2 hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to again face off against Real Monarchs SLC on Wednesday, April 8, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah; kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (Pacific). Wednesday’s road match will be available live online via a high-definition web stream at www.timbers2.com.
T2 (2-0-0, 6pts) vs. Sacramento Republic FC (1-2-0, 3pts)
April 2, 2015 – Merlo Field (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
SAC Republic FC 0 1 1
T2 0 2 2
SAC: Iwasa (Rivas), 61
POR: Belmar (Peay, Delbridge), 63
POR: Evans, 85
SAC: Foran (Caution), 34
SAC: Daly (Caution), 58
POR: Peay (Caution), 68
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Gleeson, D Peay, D Clarke, D Delbridge, D Thoma, M Besler, M Gavin © (Rose, 85), M Winchester (Evans, 77), M Payne, F Belmar, (Fatawu, 71), F Tshuma
Substitutes Not Used: GK Luthy, M Casiple,
TOTAL SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 18; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4
SLC: GK Rodriguez, GK McLain, D Foran, D Kiffe, D Daly, D Klimenta, M Lopez ©, M Mirkovic, M Guzman, M Gonzalex (Rivas, 58), F Estrada, F Iwasa (Gabeljic, 77)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Jakubek, M Cazarez, F Gissie, M Motagalvan
TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDES: 5; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 2
Referee: Josh Wilkens
Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson and John Blodgett
4th Official: Andrew Brooks
Weather: Mostly clear, calm, upper 50s
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial