RENO, Nev. – In Week 16 of the USL season, T2 fell 1-0 to Reno 1868 FC at Greater Nevada Field on Saturday night.
Defender Roy Miller, on loan from the Timbers, made his T2 debut, logging 45 minutes in his first start of the USL season. Additionally, Timbers Academy forward Gio Calixtro made his T2 season debut, logging six minutes as a second-half substitute.
Starting the match on the front foot, T2 nearly scored in the eighth minute when midfielder Jack Barmby’s shot from just outside the left edge of the six-yard box was saved by Reno 1868 goalkeeper James Marcinkowski.
Attacking down the right flank, defender Jimmy Mulligan’s shot from 25 yards away from goal was caught by Marcinkowski in the 21st minute.
In the 41st minute, midfielder Andre Lewis latched onto forward Augustine Williams’ pass in the box, but his curling effort was fired over the crossbar.
With T2 holding a 13-12 shot advantage in the match, Mulligan delivered a cross into the box to Barmby, whose left-footed shot was fired wide of the near post in the 51st minute. Continuing to apply pressure on the Reno defense, Williams’ curling shot from the left edge of the penalty area was saved by Marcinkowski at his near post in the 75th minute.
Reno scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute after Daniel Musovski placed his finish from just outside the six-yard box past T2 goalkeeper Alex Mangels at his near post.
Just before stoppage time, second-half substitute Harold Hanson carried the ball 20 yards before unleashing a low drive that Marcinkowsi parried aside in the 90th minute. After T2 earned a free kick 30 yards away from goal, Marvin Loría’s service picked out defender Arturo Diz Pe, whose header flashed over the crossbar in the 93rd minute.
Next up, T2 play host to Fresno FC at Merlo Field on Sunday, July 8. Beginning at 2 p.m. (Pacific), the match against Fresno FC will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Postgame Quote Sheet
T2 head coach Cameron Knowles
General thoughts on the match…
"It was a really tough result. We put a lot of work into this game and we deserved more out of it, but credit to them. They punished us in a moment.”
On the team trying to get an equalizer late in the match…
“I think the guys left everything on the field. We created chances right up until the final whistle. The guys we brought into the game I thought did very well, but we just couldn’t find that goal.”
On next week’s home match against Fresno FC…
“Home points are valuable and you’ve seen it tonight. If you give up points to the team, they’ll leapfrog you in the table. So we have to really apply ourselves for the second half of the season and it starts with the game next week.”
T2 (8-7-2, 26pts) vs. Reno 1868 FC (7-3-7, 28pts)
June 30, 2018 – Greater Nevada Field (Reno, Nev.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 0 0 0
Reno 1868 FC 0 1 1
RNO: Musovski (Hoppenot), 81
POR: Hoppenot (Caution), 73
POR: GK Mangels, D Mulligan (Calixtro, 84), D Jadama ©, D Miller (Diz Pe, 46), D Farfan, M Lewis, M Zambrano, M Loría, M Barmby, M Vuelto (Hanson, 73), F Williams
Substitutes Not Used: GK Pack, D Batista, D Smith, M Anguiano
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Barmby, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Four players tied, 1); FOULS: 7 (Williams, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2
RNO: GK Marcinkowski, D Richards, D Qwiberg (Lacroix, 69), D Janjigian, D Carroll, M Hoppenot, M Van Ewijk, M Casiple, M Calvillo, F Brown (Musovski, 56), F Mfeka (Murrell, 84)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ihn, D Griffiths, M Gleadle, F Thiaw
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Musovski, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 12 (Musovski, 3); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4
Referee: Ismir Pekmic
Assistant Referees: Brandon Chapman, Jordan Justice
4th Official: Nicholas Marin
Weather: Clear, 79 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial