The Austin Aztex hunt for a playoff hit took a hit on Saturday night as they fell to a tight 1-0 loss to Portland Timbers 2 at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. Austin started the match well, but it really was a match of two halves as T2 came out from the break and took charge of the match to get the win.
Austin dominated the early stages of the match as they held a high line, which saw plenty of possession taken away from Portland. That lead to quick passing from Mikey Ambrose to try and find his strikers which saw the Aztex threaten.
In the 21st minute Austin could well have hit the lead after a nice Ambrose through ball found Kris Tyrpak whose effort was well saved by Jake Gleeson. After just two more minutes Austin had an even closer opportunity as Tony Rocha hit a free kick from the edge of the box but his effort could only find the crossbar.
That was the last chance for Austin in the first half but Portland were able to have one good late chance. The Timbers reserves were looking dangerous on the counter with Kharlton Belmar and Rundell Winchester using their speed to threaten but Devin Perales was up to the task.
After the break, Portland were determined to get the lead and after nine minutes they were able to have the goal they needed. After a corner, the rebound fell to George Fochive who was able to hit a powerful shot over Perales to open the scoring.
Winchester could well have made it 2-0 for Portland moments later as a long ball put him one-on-one. He rounded the keeper, and was left with an open net, only for Lance Rozeboom to show why he is the captain as he made the run and deflected the shot.
The Aztex really went for the match but they could not find a goal despite that strong push from the hosts. The match ended on a sour note for the Aztex as Ambrose was shown a straight red card after getting involved in a skirmish.