Capital 1, Timberline 1
(Lacey, WA) The Timberline Blazers got off to a fast start were looking to steady the ship after losing 4 of their last 6 and 3 of their last 4 league matches. Capital dealt with injuries to begin the season and now have their eyes on just trying to get to the play-offs.
Timberline came out aggressive in this one with run after run putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the Capital backline and keeper Carson Collard. Austin Beaulieu, Connor Potkonjack and Willie Klemmer among others denied the Blazers attacks time and again.
Timberline finally found the scoring combination in the 31st minute off a corner kick from Eddie Skill. Skill floated a beautiful crossing shot into the middle of the box where Alex Amado was able to re-direct into the net past Collard and the Blazers were on the board 1-0.
Capital would turn up the pressure in the last 10 minutes but Timberline’s defense led by Connor Pritchett with Tolby Sylvester and Matt Lamfers kept the Cougs at bay. Keeper Jaelin Bush used his long 6’7 body to swat down a couple of attempts from Capital and in the end it was 1-0 Timberline at the break.
In the 2nd half Timberline tried to pick up where they left off and once again came strong at the Cougar defense. But the D held tight and never gave in. The Cougar’s offense would kick into gear much faster than in the 1st half and they began countering and putting the Blazer defense on their heels.
The Cougs would indeed get their equalizer from Alec Zimmerman who took a free kick from Riley Potkanjack in the middle of the box and Zimmerman finished it off knocking it past Bush for the tying score in the 52nd minute.
The 2 teams would battle back and forth with each having their chance to knock in a winning shot such as Matt Lamfers shot from the right side about 25 yards out. Lamfers looped a shot into the upper left and looked like it dropped down and in but the ball actually hit just behind the cross bar and just missed. The Blazers fired in a couple of other shots that saw Collard punch one at the last second over the top of the cross bar and then smothering a dead on shot. These 2 plays would earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
Capital also had a few chances but Bush swatted a few away and the crossbar shut down their best chance on a hard hit shot straight away that clanged off the crossbar. In the end neither could snap the tie and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Timberline is now 4-3-1 in SSC league play and sits in 4th place and Capital is now 2-6-1 and holding on to the final District play-off birth.
Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Timberline’s Alex Amado and Capital’s Alec Zimmerman.