Berti Fourier celebrates after his 84′ game-winning goal (Photo by Kendrick Arakaki)

SALEM, Ore. — Timbers U23 defeated Calgary Foothills FC U23 2-1 for their first win of the 2019 regular season.

“It feels fantastic to get those three points and start to build that momentum,” said head coach, Aaron Lewis. “We’ve got a quality group and we knew if they would just stick together, this day would come.”

A beautiful free kick by John Denis in the fourth minute gave the Timbers U23 an early lead.

In the 42nd minute, a fumble in the box gave Foothills the chance to draw out goalkeeper Remi Prieur and tie the game at 1-1.

Both teams had several chances in the second half to take the lead but no shot could find the back of the net. It wasn’t until the 84th minute when a yellow card by Calgary gave the Timbers a chance to advance. Berti Fourier took the ball down nicely, split two defenders, and poked the ball past the goalkeeper to put the Timbers up 2-1 in front of the home crowd.

The Timbers U23 held on to seal their first 3 points of the 2019 campaign, dealing Calgary their first loss of the year.

“I was really happy with them tonight. Looking forward to a little regen session tomorrow to get right back at it and look for six points on the weekend,” said Coach Lewis.

The squad returns to the pitch against Calgary this Sunday, June 2 at McCulloch Stadium.

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