PORTLAND, Ore. - In their seventh match of the 2020 USL Championship season, T2 fell 2-1 to Sacramento Republic FC at Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday night.
T2 struck the first blow of the match in the 23rd minute on a clinical right footed shot by Jorge Gonzalez Asensi. The goal was Gonzalez Asensi’s second of the season, scorning in consecutive matches. Carlos Anguiano assisted on the play, his first the of the season. In the 52nd minute, Hunter Sulte preserved T2’s lead with a gorgeous left-handed save that bounced the ball off the goalpost back into his waiting arms to halt the Sacramento attack.
Timbers Academy On Display
Salvador Villegas Jr. started his first match of the season playing the full 90 minutes. Other academy players making starts today included Hunter Sulte (4th), Giovanni Calixtro (6th), and Carlos Anguiano (7th). Anguiano also charted his first assist of the season on the goal by Gonzalez Asensi in the 23rd minute. Gerardo Durán entered the match in the 85th minute for Jorge Gonzalez Asensi.
POR – Jorge Gonzalez Asensi (Carlos Anguiano), 23rd minute: right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.
SAC – Drew Skundrich (Ashkanov Apollon), 60th minute: left footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.
SAC – Cameron Iwasa (Jordan McCrary), 69th minute: right footed shot from the center of the box to the center of the goal.
Next up, T2 will host LA Galaxy II at Providence Park on Wednesday, August 26. Beginning at 5 p.m. (Pacific), match against LA will be streamed on ESPN+.
Postgame Quote Sheet
Quotes with reaction to the match from T2 assistant coach Andrew Gregor can be seen below.
On his thoughts on the match…
“I felt like the application in the first half went pretty well. As expected, we are playing against a very experienced team at home in some difficult conditions. I thought we achieved the goals that we wanted to in the first half. Coming out in the second half, we knew there was going to be a lot of pressure on us. As they say, goals change games and moments. They had some better moments than us and we missed on a couple moments, ultimately that's what ends up with the score being 2-1. Playing on the road in this league is very difficult. We gave ourselves a chance to come out with a point or potentially a victory and unfortunately, we couldn't get it done.
On his thought of Jorge finding the back of the net in back-to-back matches…
“He's starting to build some confidence and come into form and get himself in good positions. There's still some growth that he needs to have, but we're seeing some good things out of him and obviously getting into good spots in between the lines, getting into the box and see what his abilities are. He's got some good change of pace. Technically he's a very good finisher.”
On T2’s upcoming match against LA Galaxy II…
“Well, we're going to have to recover very quickly with the next game on such short notice and travel back tomorrow early in the morning. We're going to have to recover and then make sure we get an understanding of the Galaxy and try to get some sort of tactical plan in place, then go back out and compete again. This team needs to continue to get better and start putting some points on the board. We'll have a good opportunity come Wednesday.”
T2 (0-7-0, 0pts) vs SAC (5-1-3, 18pts)
August 22, 2020 – Papa Murphy’s Park (Sacramento, CA.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
T2 1 0 1
Sacramento Republic FC 0 2 2
POR: Gonzalez Asensi (Anguiano), 23
SAC: Skundrich (Apollon), 60
SAC: Iwasa (McCrary), 69
SAC: Lopez (Caution), 45+2
POR: Molloy (Caution), 75
SAC: Apollon (Caution), 82
POR: GK Sulte, D Ornstil, D Danso (Ferguson, 78), D Hanson, D Stanley, M Molloy, M Epps ©, M Anguiano, M Gonzalez-Asensi (Durán, 85), M Villegas Jr, F Calixtro
Substitutes Not Used: GK Leeker, D Homer, M Wilkerson,
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Gonzalez Asensi, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Gonzalez Asensi, 3) ; FOULS: 12 (Molloy, Calixtro, 3); OFFSIDES: 2 ; CORNER KICKS: 5 ; SAVES: 3
SAC: GK Diaz, D McCrary, D Hilliard-Arce (Mahoney, 45), D Sargis, D Apollon, M Skundrich ©, M Lopez, M Bijev (Werner, 70), M Belmar (Gomez, 84), M Formella, F Iwasa (Penagos, 84)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ramos, M Villarreal, M Jauregui
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Skundrich, Iwasa, 3) ; SHOTS ON GOAL (Skundrich, Iwasa, 2): 5 ; FOULS: 11 (Lopez, 3); OFFSIDES: 3 ; CORNER KICKS: 4 ; SAVES: 4
Referee: Nicholas Marin-Kumko
Assistant Referees: Deleana Quan, Andrew Hanks
4th official: Jamie Padilla
Weather: Clear, 90 degrees
All statistics contained in this box are unofficial