Timbers U23s Upended by Calgary, 2-1, on 93rd Minute Penalty-Kick Goal

(Rey Ortiz scored for the Timbers U23s on Sunday in the defeat. Photo Credit: Kendrick Arakaki)

SALEM, Ore. – A penalty kick was awarded in the 93rd minute of play on Sunday afternoon, and Ali Musse scored it to lift Calgary Foothills FC to a 2-1 win over the Timbers U23s. The loss snapped the Timbers U23s’ 10-game unbeaten streak and pushed Calgary into first place ahead of the Timbers U23s by two points heading into the final regular-season contest for both teams.

The Timbers U23s (7-2-4) have lost just twice on the 2017 campaign, with both losses coming deep into stoppage time on virtually the last plays of the contests. Still ahead of the Sounders U23s by three points in the Northwest Division standings, the Timbers U23s are in full control of their own destiny to make the playoffs headed into next week’s regular-season finale at Lane United FC.

“I want to thank the fans today for again showing why Salem is one of the best places to play PDL soccer in the country,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “I was proud of the guys’ responses to a couple of uncontrollables, and we look forward to focusing our efforts towards a playoff run.”

In the first half, the Timbers U23s will look back and have wanted a bit more, as inside of the first 20 minutes, Benji Michel got in behind the Calgary defense twice, but both 1v1 opportunities went just wide of the post, keeping the score level at 0-0.

Jose Lopez put the visitors in front in the 21st minute of play when he ripped a shot from 35 yards out on goal, and the linesman deemed the ball to have crossed the end line in the goal, resulting in Calgary FC’s first score of the weekend.

Providing a response in the 35th minute of play, however, the Rey Ortiz combined with Gio Magana-Rivera inside of the 18-yard box, and Ortiz slotted his shot into the bottom-left corner to level the contest at 1-1.

In the second half, the Timbers U23s racked up 12 shots and looked to go in front on a number of occasions, but the Calgary defense did well to block shots and keep the Timbers U23s from going in front.

A late shot from Alex Segovia looked to be heading into the back of the net in stoppage time, but a good save from Dylan Powley kept the Timbers U23s off the scoreboard.

In the 93rd minute of play after Calgary launched a long throw-in into the box, the referee awarded a penalty kick to Calgary, and Musse stepped up to the spot and slotted it to the left side, resulting in the stoppage-time game-winner for Foothills FC.

For the match, the Timbers U23s outshot Calgary, 18-12, and held the slight edge in corner-kicks, 3-2. In the second half, Calgary totaled just five shots, but it was the penalty kick that was awarded that proved to be the difference.

With many scenarios that are still in play, the Timbers U23s still have a chance to win the USL PDL Northwest Division Title. The only way that could happen would be if Calgary lost next weekend to the Victoria Highlanders FC and if the Timbers U23s defeated Lane United on the road. The top-two teams in the Northwest Division meet in the opening round of the PDL playoffs at the No. 1 seed’s venue.

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