MILWAUKIE, Ore. – The Portland Timbers U-23s made a strong push in the second half, outshooting Calgary Foothills FC 8-4, but could not overcome a two-goal deficit in the first half, falling 3-1 at Alder Creek Middle School on Sunday afternoon.
Portland nearly opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the match. Midfielder Foster Langsdorf switched the point of attack to find midfielder Sam Werner making a run down the right side. Werner cut back towards the middle and dribbled into the box, firing a shot that was saved by the goalkeeper.
Foothills FC grabbed the lead with a pair of goals in the 23rd and 38th minutes. The Timbers U-23s nearly cut their deficit in half as a free kick by forward Mo Thiaw hit the crossbar in first-half stoppage time. Moments later on a Portland corner kick, defender Roy Boateng’s close range attempt was blocked seconds before the end of the first half.
The Timbers U-23s remained on the front foot, registering eight shots in the second half. Moving quickly on the break, Langsdorf dribbled into the box and delivered a hard shot from close range, but the Calgary goalkeeper made a kick save to stop the attempt in the 48th minute.
In the 61st minute, a Portland player was pulled down inside the box and the Timbers U-23s were awarded a penalty kick. Forward Jorge Herranz stepped to the spot and converted, placing his shot into the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game.
Searching for the equalizer, the Timbers U-23s created several chances late in the second half. In the 67th minute, Portland was awarded an indirect free kick in the box. Setting up the attempt, the ball was passed over to defender Niko De Vera just inside the box, but his shot was blocked. In the 79th minute, midfielder Jordan Jones delivered a pinpoint cross to midfielder Max Ornstil, who managed to find himself open less than five yards from goal, but he hit his shot over the crossbar.
Calgary closed out the match, tallying its third and final goal in the 88th minute to secure the 3-1 win.
Portland Timbers U-23s vs. Calgary Foothills FC
June 19, 2016 – Alder Creek Middle School (Milwaukie, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers U-23s 0 1 1
Calgary Foothills FC 2 1 3
CAL: Ross (Jones), 23
CAL: Bauch (Ross), 38
POR: Herranz (penalty kick), 61
CAL: Rosso (Sarkaria), 83
POR: Langsdorf (Caution), 18
CAL: Adekugbe (Caution), 35
POR: Jones (Caution), 62
CAL: Hutchings (Caution), 64
CAL: Hyams (Caution), 65
POR: Jellah (Caution), 75
POR: Gaines (Caution), 75
POR: Sanchez (Ejection), 85
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK McGuire, D Hume (Fox, 89), D Boateng (Prescott, 90), D Gaines, D De Vera, M Brown, M Ornstil (Martinez, 84), M Werner (Jellah, 54), M Langsdorf (Sanchez, 58), M Jones, F Thiaw (Herranz, 50)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Konstantio
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; FOULS: 19; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1
CAL: GK Powley, D Northover, D Wheeldon (Hutchings, 30), D Zator, D Mendoza (Hyams, 37), M Adekugbe, M Bauch, M Jones (Bakaria, 64), F Rendle (Fakunle, 90), F Rosso (Fisher, 85), F Ramsey (Pasquotti, 65)
Substitutes Not Used: GK McCaw
TOTAL SHOTS: 9; FOULS: 12; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 5
Referee: Jason Perlewitz
Assistant Carlos Tercero, Juan Garcia
4th Official: JJ Blodgett
Weather: Mostly sunny, 73 degress
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial