Timbers U23s Finish 2017 Season with 3-1 Defeat in PDL Western Conference Semifinals

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Despite a dominant performance during stretches of Friday night’s PDL Western Conference semifinal match, the Timbers U23 season came to an end in a 3-1 defeat against FC Golden State Force.

“I was extremely blessed to work with such a talented and cohesive group of players this summer,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “We are disappointed that today we didn’t advance, but their efforts have established something special here. As a team, we want to thank the club and supporters who were fantastic for us all season.”

FC Golden State took advantage of two corner-kick opportunities in the seventh and ninth minutes, scoring on both occasions in the three-minute span to take the quick 2-0 lead.

Following those two goals surrendered, however, the Timbers U23s dominated the remainder of the first half, creating opportunity after opportunity. Zeron Sewell had a header from five yards out saved off the line, and Benji Michel got in behind the defense and had his 1v1 shot saved by the FC Golden State goalkeeper, keeping the score at 2-0 heading into the halftime break.

The Timbers U23s continued their momentum coming out of the locker rooms, and after Michel was fouled in the box inside of the first five minutes of the second stanza, Steven Dal Molin stepped up to the spot and blasted his penalty kick into the back of the net to halve the deficit.

FC Golden State responded immediately, however, earning another corner-kick and then scoring another goal on the ensuing corner to push the lead to 3-1.

Jordan Farr was forced to make a pair of fantastic diving saves during a second half which was delayed by lightning for more than an hour. The Timbers U23s came out of the lightning delay in search of two goals and pressed the issue, putting numerous shots on frame, but the goals did not come, ultimately resulting in the 3-1 season-ending loss.

The Timbers U23 season was certainly a historic one, however, as the squad went from worst to first. From last place to first place. Division Champions. The Timbers U23s certainly left their mark on history, leaving a lasting legacy that has laid the groundwork for many years to come, building serious momentum in Salem with the best fans in the PDL, while also showing that the team can perform at the highest level on the pitch.

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