PORTLAND, Ore. – In Week 30 of the USL Championship season, T2 fell 2-1 to Austin Bold FC at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. Harold Hanson scored his second professional goal, while Eryk Williamson tallied his team-leading eighth assist of 2019.
With the loss, Portland (10-12-8, 38pts, +1GD) moved down to 12th place in the Western Conference standings, with a game in hand and three points behind 10th place San Antonio FC (11-12-8, 41pts, +6GD), which occupies the final playoff spot. With four matches remaining on their regular-season schedule,T2 next play host to first-place Phoenix Rising FC (22-3-6, 72pts, +50GD) at Providence Park on Saturday, Oct. 5.
After Portland earned a foul just outside the 18-yard box, Williamson’s curling free kick missed just past the near post in the 17th minute.
T2 took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute after Williamson played a through ball in behind the Austin defense to Hanson, whose first-timed, curling shot from the right side of the penalty area beat Austin goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. The goal marked Hanson’s first goal of the 2019 season, while Williamson tallied his team-leading eighth assist of the USL Championship campaign.
Portland nearly scored in the 40th minute after Williamson’s long pass down the left flank found Brayan Hurtado, whose low shot from the left edge of the box missed inches past the far post.
Austin equalized in the 64th minute when Kris Tyrpak headed in a cross from the right wing from close range to make it 1-1.
After Williamson dispossessed an Austin player at midfield, he passed the ball to second-half substitute Cristian Ojeda, whose low shot at the top of the box forced Restrepo into a save in the 77th minute.
Bold FC scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute after André Lima’s deflected shot from outside the box found the back of the net.
Next up, T2 play host to Phoenix Rising FC at Providence Park on Saturday, Oct. 5. Beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific), the match against Phoenix will be streamed live on ESPN+. Tickets for the Oct. 5 match are available online at www.timbers2.com.
Postgame Quote Sheet
T2 head coach Cameron Knowles
On his thoughts after the match...
“We started the game really well, we played a good 45 minutes, we were aggressive and had control of the game. We lost our way a little bit in the second half and they have a lot of experience on the field and we saw that come through with some of their players and the way they managed to get themselves back in the game.”
On rebounding from this match with four games remaining in the regular season...
“We have to do it quickly. There are not a lot of games left in the regular season, and if we want a chance at the postseason we need to put this one behind us and start preparing for the next one. We’ll continue to focus on the games we have ahead of us knowing that we still have a chance.”
T2 (10-12-8, 38pts) vs. Austin Bold FC (13-11-7, 46pts)
Sept. 29, 2019 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 1 0 1
Austin Bold FC 0 2 2
POR: Hanson (Williamson), 25
AUS: Tyrpak (McFarlane), 64
AUS: André Lima (Acosta), 84
POR: Diz Pe (Caution), 27
POR: Smith (Caution), 65
AUS: André Lima (Caution), 85
AUS: Baez (Caution), 90+1
POR: GK Leeker, D Hanson, D Diz Pe, D Ornstil, D Smith, M Wharton ©, M Sierakowski, M Williamson, M Anguiano (Calixtro, 77), M Hurtado (Ojeda, 69), F Langsdorf
Substitutes Not Used: GK Lyon, D Kiner, M Kobayashi
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Four players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Hanson, Ojeda, 1); FOULS: 10 (Diz Pe, 4); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 1
AUS: GK Restrepo, D McFarlane, D Rissi, D Taylor, M Braafheid (Soto, 65), M Baez, M Okugo, M Saramutin (Acosta, 55), F Twumasi, F Kléber © (Tyrpak, 41), F André Lima
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ramirez, D De Villard, M Isaac, F Avila
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Five players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 19 (Okugo, 4); OFFSIDES: 7; CORNER KICKS: 2; SAVES: 1
Referee: Eric Tattersall
Assistant Referees: Seth Martin, Adam Sanchez
4th Official: Corbyn May
Weather: Cloudy, 49 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial