USL MATCH RECAP | Portland Timbers 2: 4, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: 0

PORTLAND, Ore. – Closing out a five-match home stand, T2 earned a 4-0 shutout win over Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Providence Park as part of Bark in the Park on Sunday afternoon. Midfielder Marvin Loría tallied a goal and an assist, while Jack Barmby, Bill Tuiloma and Victor Arboleda each added a goal.

Timbers on loan
Six Portland Timbers players appeared on loan in the match for T2. Midfielder Dairon Asprilla made his fourth start of the 2018 USL season, logging 90 minutes and registering an assist. Defender Marco Farfan logged his seventh start, registering his first assist of the season. Tuiloma earned his fourth start of the campaign, tallying his fourth career goal for T2 (dating back to the 2017 USL season).

T2 against Tulsa
With the shutout victory, T2 improved to 4-1-2 in seven matches all-time against Tulsa, including a 2-0-1 record at home.

T2 form
With the win, T2 have won five of their last six games overall (5-1-0) dating back to Aug. 11, and finished the five-match home stand with a 4-1-0 record. At Providence Park this season, T2 are 6-3-0.

Stingy defense
Portland logged its 11th shutout of the season with the win over Roughnecks FC. Additionally, the shutout marked T2’s fourth clean sheet at home this campaign, while the 11 shutouts overall extended the team’s single-season record in four USL campaigns. Goalkeeper Alex Mangels logged his fifth shutout of 2018.

Key plays
Registering a season-high 24 shots, T2 created a number of scoring chances throughout the match. Early on, Loría sped past his marker down the left flank, delivering a low cross across the face of goal to Asprilla, but his shot missed inches past the post in the fifth minute.

Portland scored the opening goal of the match in the 12th minute after Loría’s corner-kick service at the near post  picked out Tuiloma, whose leaping header bounced past Tulsa goalkeeper Chase Gentry to give T2 a 1-0 lead.

In the 24th minute, Loría’s corner kick delivery found Tuiloma in the center of the box, but his header hit the crossbar.

T2 took a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute when Barmby played Farfan out wide on the left edge of the box. In space, Farfan picked out an unmarked Loría, whose one-timed shot was blasted through the legs of Gentry.

Continuing to apply pressure, midfielder Andre Lewis forced a turnover in Tulsa’s half before striking a powerful shot off the underside of the crossbar that did not cross the goal line in the 32nd minute. Seconds later, Asprilla’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was dragged wide past the post. Barmby dribbled past a Tulsa defender near the top of the penalty area, striking a low shot that Gentry parried inches past the post in the 38th minute.

Two minutes into first-half added time, defender Nathan Smith’s long ball released Barmby behind the Tulsa defense and his low shot from the right edge of the six-yard box beat Gentry at the at the near post to give T2 a 3-0 lead.

Creating chances in the second half, Barmby’s shot in the from distance in the 57th minute was caught by Gentry. In the 75th minute, a loose ball fell to Modou Jadama, whose shot from just inside the box was tipped over the crossbar by Gentry. After forward Foster Langsdorf was fouled inside the box, his ensuing penalty kick attempt was saved by Gentry in the 80th minute.

T2 made it a 4-0 score line in the 84th minute after Asprilla’s pass from 25 yards away from goal found Arboleda wide open on the right edge of the penalty area. Fending off a defender, Arboleda’s left-footed shot from the center of the box found the back of the net. The finish marked Arboleda’s second straight appearance with a goal scored.  

In stoppage time, Asprilla muscled off his marker at midfield and struck a long-range shot that forced Gentry into a diving save to his right.
Next Game
Next up, T2 begin a three-game road trip, traveling to face Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field on Sunday, Sept. 16. Beginning at 6 p.m. (Pacific),  the match will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Postgame Quote Sheet
T2 head coach Cameron Knowles
On the 4-0 shutout victory…
“It’s a really good win and performance from the team. It was a game that was really important to end this home stand just before we go out and play a few games on the road. It was a really important three points.”

On the cohesion of the team from an offensive and defensive perspective…
“I think the guys came in with the right attitude for this game. In games like this, it’s possible to underestimate the opponent based on their position in the table and our guys played to our own level. Guys individually and collectively raised their standards both in the attack and defending. To preserve a clean sheet and to generate so many good scoring opportunities is really well done and a credit to the players.”

On four of the final five regular-season matches being played on the road…
“I think we’ve shown that we are a good team on the road. We’ve got a lot of wins on the road and collected a lot of points that way. For us now, we need to keep taking as many points as we can and keep moving up the table.”

T2 (15-11-3, 48pts) vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (2-14-11, 17pts)
Sept. 9, 2018 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                1          2          F
T2                                 3          1          4
Tulsa Roughnecks FC    0          0          0         

Scoring Summary:
POR: Tuiloma (Loría), 12
POR: Loría (Farfan), 24
POR: Barmby (Smith), 45+3
POR: Arboleda (Asprilla), 84

Misconduct Summary
POR: Barmby (caution), 55

POR: GK Mangels, D Smith, D Tuiloma, D Jadama, D Farfan, M Zambrano © (Anguiano, 88), M Lewis, M Asprilla, M Loría (Arboleda, 65), M Barmby, F Langsdorf (Williams, 88)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Sulte, D Batista, D Diz Pe, D Mulligan

TOTAL SHOTS: 24 (Three players tied, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Barmby, 3); FOULS: 5 (Asprilla, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 10; SAVES: 0

TUL: GK Gentry, D Tayou (Jusino, 46), D Morton, D Munoz, D Vukovic, M Mirkovic (Diaz, 59), M Covarrubias, M Tavares, M Dean (Rodriguez, 80), F Gamble, F Ferreira

Substitutes Not Used: D Gee, D Smith

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Gamble, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; FOULS: 13 (Three players tied, 3); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 5

Referee: Alejandro Mariscal
Assistant Referees: Seth Martin, Daniel Spicer-Escalante
4th Official: Stephanie Tercero
Attendance: 3,445
Weather: Clear, 72 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial