Timbers U23s and Lane United FC Play to Wild 3-3 Draw

The Timbers U23s and Lane United FC both scored three goals on Thursday night in Bend. (Photo Credit: Doug Pfeiler)

BEND, Ore. – Benji Michel scored twice and the Timbers U23s scored to take the lead in stoppage time on Thursday night at Summit HS, but Lane United FC scored three second half goals, including the game-tying one at the death to earn a 3-3 draw with the Timbers U23s.

“Although there was much to be proud about, tonight we take home a point and a lesson,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “Late in games, this group was reminded the importance of seeing the match out. We’ll need to be better there down the line as we focus on maximum points moving forward.”

In the fifth minute of play, Camden Riley fed the perfect through ball in behind the Lane United FC defense, and Michel rushed onto the ball and touched it past the keeper for the game’s opening goal. Rey Ortiz almost made it 2-0 late in the first half when he curled a free kick around the wall only to see it ping off the crossbar.

In the second stanza, Michel scored in the 64th minute to double the Timbers U23 advantage off an assist from Edson Martinez.

Lane United provided the response, however, scoring goals in the 76th and 85th minutes to bring the match level at 2-2.

In stoppage time, the Timbers U23s provided the response when Timur Zhividze headed a cross backwards towards the feet of Gio Magana-Rivera, and off of the half-volley, Magana-Rivera blasted his shot into the back of the net to give the home squad the 3-2 advantage.

Late into the four minutes of stoppage time, Lane United’s Willie Spurr received a pass right in front of the goal and tapped in his shot to once again tie the contest – this time, right at the death.

That is how the match would end, resulting in both teams heading home with one point.

The Timbers U23s return to action next Friday and Sunday in Salem at McCulloch Stadium for a pair of key USL PDL matchups.


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