USL Game Report
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas – The Portland Timbers 2 defeated the Austin Aztex 1-0 at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, with George Fochive’s 54th-minute goal proving to be the difference.
The early stretches of the first half belonged to the Aztex (7-10-3, 24 points), with sharp passing and aggressive defense earning them a dominant share of possession for the first 25 minutes. Defender Mikey Ambrose found his forwards running deep to create several goal scoring opportunities, including a 21st-minute through ball to Kris Tyrpak, who juked left but had his shot blocked by Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
Just two minutes later, midfielder Tony Rocha nearly put the Aztex ahead with a free kick from just outside of the box, but saw his shot rattle off the crossbar.
Portland began threatening in the late stages of the first half. Forwards Kharlton Belmar and Rundell Winchester used their speed to create fast break chances on the counter attack, but three first-half saves from Devin Perales kept the game scoreless going into halftime.
Portland came out firing in the second half with aggressive possessions in the Aztex’s side of the field. T2 ended up scoring in the 54th minute, when Fochive got the rebound off a corner kick and fired a fast shot over the head of Devin Perales to put Portland up 1-0.
Just a few minutes later, T2’s Winchester looked to be in position to put Portland in a controlling lead when he got a deep ball to put him in a one-on-one position with the goalkeeper. Winchester dodged Devin Perales and moved toward an open net, but was caught from behind by Aztex captain Lance Rozeboom, who deflected the ball out of bounds to keep Austin in the game.
Despite controlling possession for the final 20 minutes, the Aztex were unable to find an equalizer. An extra time skirmish that involved a straight red card for Aztex defender Mikey Ambrose and a shoving match with Brendan King and Belmar would cap off the game, with a final score of 1-0 Portland.