Riley’s Goal at the Death Secures Road Point in 1-1 Draw at Calgary Foothills FC

The Timbers U23s scored a goal on the last play of the match on Sunday, securing a crucial road point. (Photo Credit: Kendrick Arakaki)

CALGARY, Alberta – All looked lost for the Timbers U23s in the second match of the weekend in Calgary, but Camden Riley had something to say about that, as virtually on the last play of the game four minutes into stoppage time, he headed the ball into the back of the net, tying the match at 1-1. WATCH the GOAL here:

The draw was an important one, as not only did it secure a road point for the Timbers U23s, but it also kept Calgary from getting all three.

“This group was very resilient today to earn a huge point on the road,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “That three-point swing in the last minute gives us a massive boost heading into some home matches.”

The first half on Sunday provided some fireworks, as a pair of red cards were shown – one to either team, meaning that the rest of the match both sides would play with just 10 men.

Midway through the first stanza, Zach Nelson came up big in goal, stonewalling a penalty kick with a fantastic save, keeping the match at 0-0.

After a scoreless first 45 minutes, Calgary was awarded another penalty kick midway through the second half, and Nelson once again made a diving stop, but the ball rebounded right to Ali Musse who buried his second chance to make it 1-0 for the home side.

Things looked bleak, but the Timbers U23s had one last opportunity, and they didn’t waste it.

Four minutes into stoppage time, one final ball was launched into the box, and despite the initial attempt being headed away, the Timbers U23s were able to get to the ball to save it from going out of bounds. The ball was then whipped back into the box, and Riley flicked the ball over the outstretched arms of the Calgary goalkeeper and into the back of the net, tying the match on the last play of the game.

The Timbers U23s will play the remainder of their 2018 regular season in the United States, with one more road match prior to playing its PDL home-opener. The squad is back in action on Friday when it travels down to Eugene to take on Lane United FC at 7 p.m.


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