PDX FC remained unbeaten in NPSL play after a 2-1 home win over Pierce County FC. The win keeps the first-year club at the top of the Northwest Conference standings for the second straight week.
The first half saw the visitors get the better of the scoring chances, but PDX keeper Oscar Torres made several key saves to keep his side in the game. The first came on a Pierce County corner kick in the 13th minute. Torres made another key save in the 28th minute after Pierce County once again got free on a corner. The sides went into the half tied at 0-0.
PDX FC were the better of the two teams in the second half, creating two goal scoring chances within five minutes of the whistle. The first came from a long ball from Steven Evans to his younger brother Nick. Evans shrugged off the center back before hitting a bouncing ball straight to the keeper.
PDX finally broke through in the 65th minute after winger Matt Paine swung a ball into the box that was met by defender Gustavo Torres. Torres headed the ball back across the face of the goal and it was met by halftime substitute Jake Young, who deflected the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Pierce County tied the match up late after being awarded a penalty kick, after PDX FC defender Brennan Webber was late with a tackle. Christian Giuffrida put the penalty kick past Torres and the game was tied at 1-1 with just eight minutes remaining.
Webber made up for his defensive mistake in a big way, by getting the go-ahead goal just five minutes later. The center back was pushed forward to try to find a goal and he delivered in a big way.
“I got a little fortunate on the goal,” said Webber. “My first shot got blocked and came right back to me. I was able to look up and all I saw was the goal, so I had to hit it.”
Webber’s first attempt was blocked by a Pierce County defender at the top of the box, but a kind bounce came right back to Webber. The first shot opened a hole in the defensive and Webber found a gap to the far post for the game-winner.
“It’s always going to be tough when you give up a late goal like that, but the guys had a great response,” said PDX FC Coach Luke Babson.
PDX FC has a week off before their next match, where they will be on the road for the first time this season, taking on Spokane Soccer Club. That match is June 4th at 2 pm at Spokane Falls Stadium.