Michaelson Leads Timbers U23s to 4-1 Win over Victoria Highlanders FC

(The Timbers U23s extended the unbeaten streak to nine-straight games with the victory on Sunday. Photo Credit: Kendrick Arakaki)

SALEM, Ore. – Christo Michaelson scored twice and dished out one assist on Sunday, leading the Timbers U23s to a dominant 4-1 triumph over Victoria Highlanders FC. For the Timbers U23s, the streak is now at nine-consecutive games in which the squad is unbeaten.

“We’re pleased with another positive result to bring our playoff goals clearly within reach,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “Our group realizes that getting to the cusp of a playoff berth has not been the goal, and we’ll need to be really good this week in training to ultimately get where we want.”

The Timbers U23s (6-1-4) are now tied for the least amount of losses in the entire PDL with just one defeat on the entire campaign.

After a number of chances just missed or hit the bar for the Timbers U23s during the first 20 minutes of action, Michaelson followed up a shot from Andres Ochoa that was saved and blasted home a right-footed shot into the back of the net in the 28th minute of play to make it 1-0. In the 44th minute, Michaelson made it 2-0, volleying home a headed cross from Wouter Verstraaten off a corner-kick from Ochoa.

Comfortably up 2-0 at the break with a significant edge in the shot count at 11-2, the Timbers U23s seemed to be in full control.

In the second stanza, however, the Victoria Highlanders came out attacking, and in the 50th minute of play drew a penalty kick. Sho Goto slotted home the opportunity to the right side to halve the deficit for the road side.

The two teams would continue to battle over the remainder of the half, but Benji Michel ripped a right-footed half volley into the bottom-left corner of the goal to make it 3-1 in the 77th minute of play, giving the Timbers U23s the two-goal lead back.

Alex Segovia put the nail in the coffin in stoppage time, as after receiving a beautiful through-ball pass from Michaelson down the left side, Segovia tucked his shot into the right side-netting, finishing off the contest in spectacular fashion.

For the match, the Timbers U23s outshot Victoria Highlanders FC, 18-8. Francesco Amorosino led the way with five shots, while Rey Ortiz tallied four for the Timbers U23s.

Sunday’s victory sets up a massive week of games ahead of the Timbers U23s, as the team is slated to hosted first-place Calgary Foothills FC. Kickoff at McCulloch Stadium next Saturday and Sunday is set for 2 p.m., and the Timbers U23s currently trail Calgary by just one point in the standings, but Calgary does have one game at hand and will play at Lane United on Thursday night.

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