Spurr’s 87th Minute Goal Lifts Timbers U23s to 2-1 Comeback Win at Victoria

(Willie Spurr scored the game-winner on Sunday for the Timbers U23s – Photo Credit: Kendrick Arakaki)

VICTORIA, B.C. – Willie Spurr scored the match-winner on Sunday afternoon on a slick field north of the border, lifting the Timbers U23s to a 2-1 comeback win over Victoria Highlanders FC. The victory extends the Timbers U23s’ unbeaten streak to six-straight games.

Also with the win, it pushes the Timbers U23s past last year’s total points accumulated, and there are still six matches to be played.

“Today our team showed great maturity and composure throughout the match,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “After going down early, they stayed within our system, were dominant in possession, and were confident in one another that they would find the winner. This group has the quality, character, and camaraderie to keep this going.”

In the first half, the Timbers U23s dominated the possession and the shot count as well, but it was the Highlanders that went in front midway through the first stanza, taking advantage of a misplayed clearance from the Timbers U23 backline, leading to the goal.

The Timbers U23s had seven-eight great looks on frame during the first 45 minutes, including many late in the half that looked to be sure-fire equalizers, but the Highlanders were able to make the point-blank saves and escape still ahead.

In the second stanza, Francesco Amorosino tied the match almost immediately when he buried a header into the corner off of the perfect feed from Nate Shultz just after the second half began.

The Timbers U23s continued to pepper the Highlanders goal late into the match, and the deserving breakthrough finally came in the 87th minute when Willie Spurr found himself open in the box with the ball at his feet, and he made no mistake, drilling the ball into the back of the net for the game-winner.

The win was a big one for the Timbers U23s (3-1-4), as it catapults the team into a tie for second place in the PDL Northwest Division standings at 13 points overall (three wins, four draws). The Timbers U23s are tied with the Sounders U23s on points, and trail just Calgary Foothills FC by two points in the standings.

The Timbers U23s return to the pitch on Thursday, June 22, when they head south to Springfield to take on Lane United FC. Kickoff at the Willamalane Center is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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