March 29, 2018
International Portland Select FC earned their first win of the Spring season with a resounding 3-1 victory over Northeast United PDX FC.
A first half scorcher from Matt Paine followed by a brace either side of halftime from striker Nathan Pogue gave the club a 3-0 lead and they were able to see things out comfortably from there.
NEU PDX FC looked to get an early jump on things and tested young netminder Broden Schull in the opening minute. A cross from the right found the head of a streaking runner into the box, but Schull did well to dive low at his near post and parry wide for a corner.
NEU enjoyed the run of play in the early stages of the game and warned again in the 13th minute, but Tyler Bailey put his right-footed shot wide. They threatened again five minutes later through Alex Eckerson, but Schull got a piece of the shot to send it wide for a corner. Bailey had another chance following a scrum after the subsequent corner, but was again off-target.
IPSFC steadily began to get back into the game and finally opened the scoring in the 27th minute. Matt Paine played a nice 1-2 combination with Daniel Segovia down the left flank, took a touch and blasted a left-footed rocket in to the far, upper netting.
Now with the lead in hand, IPSFC got settled in and started to dominate the flow and create more chances. In the 32nd minute, Dustin Corea dribbled down the middle and his shot from the top of the area was deflected wide by the keeper for a corner. Right before half, Paine played a long ball over the top of the defense. Pogue chased it down on the right side and carried it into the area before rifling it by the keeper to the near post, doubling ISPFC’s lead going into the break.
IPSFC looked to continue where they left off in the second half but were unable to create any clear chances despite enjoying the majority of control. NEU had a chance to get back into the match against the run of play in the 57th minute when their right midfielder sent in a long cross from that knuckled as it floated into the area. It ended up carrying towards goal, but fortunately it skimmed off the top crossbar and the IPSFC defense was able to clear the danger.
The side decked out in red replied in the 65th minute when their high press created a turnover in the opponents third. Corea looked to get a shot off from near the penalty spot, but a defender got a foot in to deflect it wide for a corner. The ensuing corner was taken to the near post, where defender Jael Wettach-Glosser’s half-volley flashed wide of the near post. Pogue then blasted over the goal from the right side a minute later as they tried to add to their lead.
IPSFC finally put things to bed in the 72th minute. Juan Ayala recovered the ball in the midfield and quickly played it out wide for Dustin Corea on the left. Corea lifted his head and sent a gorgeous diagonal ball over the top of the defense for Pogue, who calmly chested it down and deposited it low and into the far corner with his left foot for the third.
NEU PDX FC weren’t going to go quietly, however, and pushed forward looking for a goal. The IPSFC backline responded to the challenge, with timely blocks from center backs Wettach-Glosser and Esteban keeping their opponents at bay. NEU did finally manage to pull one back in 79th minute after forcing turnover at the top of the box. One of their midfielders unleashed a beautiful, curling, left-footed shot that seemed destined for the far side netting, but a diving Jason Daniels, who’d come on in goal at the half, tipped the ball onto the post. An NEU attacker was the first to the rebound and volleyed it home to get them on the scoreboard.
That was as close as they would get, as IPSFC came closer to a fourth than they did to a second, with Corea buzzing the crossbar with minutes to play. All-in-all, it was a well-rounded performance for the squad as they took home the three points. They’ll look to get revenge on the season-opening defeat to Kells FC Swoosh with a rematch this Sunday on Easter night.