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Saturday, September 08, 2001

Timbers Make Playoffs: Patriots 1 - 3 Timbers


The Timbers made the playoffs, beating El Paso 3 - 1 with 2 first half goals from Scott Benedetti and 1 from Mark Baena in the second. The Patriots got a consolation goal from a penalty rebound and the Timbers 2-goal hero Scott Benedetti got a red card late in the game. The Timbers jumped over Atlanta in the playoff race and finished in 10th place and will play Charlotte (7th place) in the first round.

The Timbers had a great first half in El Paso scoring on 16' after Scott Benedetti put away a Keith Costigan cross to make the score 1 - 0. The Patriots Roland hit the bar on 21' and after Mark Beana picked up his second yellow card in 2 games the Timbers struck again. Greg Howes set up Scott Benedetti for his second of the match (and season). 2 - 0 TIMBERS! It was all Timbers at this stage with Jeff Clarke heading off the crossbar from a corner on 32' and Michael O'Neill having his shot saved on 35'. The Patriots put together a period of pressure as half time approached, Griego heading past Napoleon on 36', but from an offside position. Napoleon making a good save from Juarez on 41' and then 2 saves from Cabrera as the half came to an end with the Timbers leading 2 - 0.

The second half began with Matt Chulis picking up a yellow card and the Timbers attack not firing as well as it had in the first. The Patriots came close on 68' as McFarlane's shot from a corner was headed off the line by Jeff Clarke and then on 70' Mark Baena made it 3 - 0 and assured the Timbers of a playoff place. Neil Ryan and Jesus Ochoa replaced Matt Chulis and Jeff Clarke and the Patriots Macias put in the rebound, after Griego's penalty on 76' was saved by Napoleon, to make it 3 - 1. With the Timbers bringing on McPeak, Sawatzky and Tolstolutsky, Scott Benedetti received a red card for a challenge on Martinez (who also got a red) and the game finished with the Timbers making the A-League playoffs in their inaugural year.

posted by the timberlog at 7:29 PM



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