Mariners Shut Out Portland 2-0
Virginia Beach, Virginia - Jakob Fenger's goal in the 33rd minute proved to be the game winner as the Mariners overwhelmed the visiting Portland Timbers 2-0 in front of 1,789 at the Sportsplex Friday night. The Mariners will host Charleston on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. for the last home match of 2005, and will close out the season at Rochester on September 10. Fenger jumped on a perfect through ball from Darren Caskey, split Portland's defense and fired a hard low shot that flew underneath Portland keeper Josh Saunders. Caskey earned his second assist on the night in the 51st minute when his corner kick was neatly headed in by Steve Shak. Goalkeeper Matt Nelson logged his 5th shutout of the season registering three saves. Portland forward Paul Conway was ejected in the 72nd minute allowing the Mariners to go the final 18 minutes a man up. Charleston visits the Sportsplex on Sunday after coming back to beat Seattle Friday night 2-1. The win pushes the Battery into a tie with Portland for the sixth and final playoff spot. Sunday's match in Virginia Beach is Charleston's last of the season. Friday night's pre-game also saw the Mariners' Alumni beat the Beach FC U18 Hurricanes 5-2 on 4 goals by former Mariner great Wayne Pratt. Sunday, September 4, marks Fan Appreciation Night at the Sportsplex.including a 5:30 p.m. pre-game party for all 2005 Season Ticket Holders under the Mariners Tent. The Mariners will also salute teachers and school staff members with a "Back to School Special" featuring free admission with school ID. The first 2,500 fans through the gate after 6 p.m. will receive a Free Mariners magnet courtesy of Soccer Plus. Also featured will be Seamore, Emma the Soccer Dog, a t-shirt shoot-out, clowns, a juggler and a frisbee toss. There will also be plenty of prize give-aways and entertainment. A 5:30 p.m. pre-game will feature the Honduran Nationals vs. the Virginia Beach Hispanic League All-Stars. Tickets are $5 for ages 11 and up; all children 10 and under are admitted free as are all youth soccer players ages 18 and under that wear their local club jerseys. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.
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USL First Division Stories from September 3, 2005
- Kickers Clinch Playoff Berth After 1-1 Draw With Timbers - Richmond Kickers
- Timbers take sole possession of sixth and final playoff spot with 1-1 draw - Portland Timbers
- Mariners Shut Out Portland 2-0 - Virginia Beach Mariners
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