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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Timbers Finally Hit Their Stride: Portland 4 - 1 Calgary


The Timbers easily beat the Calgary Storm at PGE Park tonight with the 2 players honored before the game for their goal scoring exploits last year both getting on the score sheet. The Timbers got off to a flying start when on about 30 seconds Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's cross from the right was headed down past Calgary keeper Glasnovic by McKinley Tennyson for Fadi Afash to tap into the open net. The dynamic duo struck again on 6' when a ball from the back from Aaron Heinzen was headed down by Tennyson to Afash. The Syrian returned the pass and Tennyson beat Glasnovic cutting in from the left side of the box. 2 - 0 Timbers.

It was a great start for Portland, but the early goals also led to the team sitting back and Calgary came back into the game through a couple of uncharacteristic errors from Gavin Wilkinson. First Nick Downing had to cover to prevent Mark Korthius from baring down on keeper Burgman on 17' and on 19' Wilkinson again lost out, this time to the busy Dawes who chipped over the bar. The Storm has another chance on 32' when Bergman had to save from Zuniga (one of the better Calgary players on the night) from 12 yds. The Storm probably got their deserved goal on 36' after a mistake from keeper Burgman. Unable to hold a cross from Chala, Korthius hit the rebound from close in to make it 2-1.

The Timbers went in at half time 3-1 up however after Alcaraz-Cuellar threaded the ball to Tennyson on the right side of the box and he slipped it past the Storm keeper Glasnovic on 46'.

The second half started slowly and with both Afash and Tennson replaced (by Antoniuk and Vaughn respectively), and the game becoming slightly bad-tempered, the Timbers rounded off a good night when Winters' through ball on 79' allowed Melendez to hook the ball over Glasnovic and into the Storm net to make it 4-1 Timbers.

[full report posted here]

posted by the timberlog at 10:32 PM



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