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T2 Earn 4-1 Road Win against Tacoma Defiance Sunday

May 12, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Portland Timbers 2 News Release

TACOMA, Wash. - Playing their 10th match of the 2019 season, T2 scored three second-half goals to earn a 4-1 road win against Tacoma Defiance at Cheney Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Dairon Asprilla tallied a brace - his second two-goal performance of the 2019 USL Championship season - while Foster Langsdorf and Brayan Hurtado each found the back of the net. Additionally, Eryk Williamson logged his league-leading seventh assist, while Carlos Anguiano tallied an assist in his first start of the campaign.

Portland vs. Tacoma

Sunday's match marked the 15th regular-season meeting between Portland (5-2-3, 18pts) and Tacoma (2-9-0, 6pts), dating back to April 11, 2015. Portland has won three consecutive matches in the series, dating back to May 12, 2018. Additionally, the win marked just the second time that T2 have won on the road against Tacoma in the regular season.

Road form

With the victory in their sixth road match of the 2019 season, T2 improved their record away from home to 3-1-2. Portland's three road wins ranks tied for first in the USL Championship. Additionally, Portland's 16 goals scored on the road ranks first in the league.

Bracing for goals

Asprilla's second-half brace marked the sixth time this season that a player has tallied two goals in a match for T2. Additionally, it marked Asprilla's second two-goal performance of the year, after he registered a brace in a 3-1 win over Las Vegas Lights FC on May 12. With four goals this season for T2, Asprilla shares the team lead with Langsdorf.

Key plays

In the 11th minute, Asprilla leapt highest to meet Nathan Smith's cross from the right flank, but his header flashed over the crossbar. In the 19th minute, Anguiano shook off his marker before firing a low shot from distance that forced Tacoma goalkeeper Bryan Meredith into a diving save to his left.

T2 scored the opening goal of the match in the 24th minute when Langsdorf pounced on a Tacoma back pass. After getting tackled inside the box by Meredith, Langsdorf got up and tapped the ball into the empty net. Langsdorf has tallied three goals in three regular-season appearances against Tacoma.

Tacoma leveled the match at 1-1 in the 42nd minute when Justin Dhillon picked up a misplayed pass near the top of the box and fired his shot past the outstretched arms of T2 goalkeeper Jake Leeker.

Beginning the second half on the front foot, Portland took a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute after Hurtado was fouled inside the penalty area by a Tacoma defender. Asprilla stepped up to the penalty spot and blasted his shot underneath Meredith to convert his second penalty attempt of the 2019 USL Championship season.

T2 scored a third goal in the 59th minute after Anguiano played a precise pass through the Defiance backline that released Hurtado in on goal. Taking a touch, Hurtado's left-footed finish found the bottom right-hand corner of the net. The finish marked Hurtado's second goal of the season for T2 in eight appearances.

Portland took a three-goal advantage after Williamson slid in Asprilla down the right side of the penalty area, with the Colombian midfielder's low shot being placed into the far corner of the net to give T2 a 4-1 lead in the 61st minute.

In the 77th minute, second-half substitute Cristian Ojeda pounced on a loose back pass, but his shot from inside the box was saved at the near post by Meredith. Three minutes later, Asprilla found second-half substitute Gio Calixtro at the top of the box, but his one-time shot was caught by Meredith.

In the 83rd minute, Smith's volleyed effort from just outside the right edge of the box was saved by Meredith. Just before the final whistle, Claude Dielna's long-range free-kick attempt from the right flank missed the target in the 89th minute.

Next game

Next up, T2 will play host to El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday, May 25. Beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific), the match will be streamed live on ESPN+.

T2 (5-2-3, 18pts) at Tacoma Defiance (2-9-0, 6pts)

May 12, 2019 - Cheney Stadium (Tacoma, Wash.)

Goals by Half 1 2 F

T2 1 3 4

Tacoma Defiance 1 0 1

Scoring Summary:

POR: Langsdorf, 24

TAC: Dhillon, 42

POR: Asprilla (penalty kick), 49

POR: Hurtado (Anguiano), 59

POR: Asprilla (Williamson), 61

Misconduct Summary

POR: Williamson (caution), 38

TAC: Hind (caution), 88

Lineups:

POR: GK Leeker, D Smith, D Jadama, D Dielna ©, D Farfan, M Wharton, M Anguiano (Ojeda, 76), M Asprilla, M Williamson, M Loría (Hurtado, 45), F Langsdorf (Calixtro, 66)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Oladapo, D Hanson, D Ornstil, F Sierakowski

TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Asprilla, Williamson, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Asprilla, 2); FOULS: 9 (Langsdorf, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4

TAC: GK Meredith, D Wingo, D Campbell, D Rogers ©, D Hinds, M Atencio, M Roldan (Burke-Gilroy, 68), M Robles, F Hopeau, F Dhillon (Diaz, 72), F Vargas (Gonzalez, 62)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Muse, D Ulysse, M Daley, M Rystrand

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Dhillon, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Dhillon, 3); FOULS: 10 (Robles, 2); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 4

Referee: Alejandro Mariscal

Assistant Referees: Christian Clerc, Baboucarr Jallow

4th Official: Hunter Zachwieja

Attendance: 1,927

Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial


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