Foothills FC ties with Timbers
Foothills F.C. took one point with a 1-1 draw from a crucial match against the Portland Timbers U-23 on Tuesday, June 2, but could have definitely used a win.
The two teams will square off again on Sunday, June 7, but in the meantime Foothills have to play another game this Friday.
Foothills F.C. is currently in a crucial six-day stretch that will wrap up the first half of the season, and Head Coach, Tommy Wheeldon Jr., knows that points on the road are important.
“We’ve to play three in six (days), so we hit the road Thursday.”
“We’re hoping to take six points away from the road trip.”
Four of the first six games will have been on the road by the time Foothills F.C. returns back to Hellard Field for their next home game against the Kitsap Pumas, who are the top team in the Premier Development League’s (PDL) Northwest Division.
The defensive effort was great tonight, according to Wheeldon Jr., who couldn’t say enough about goalkeeper Sean Melvin.
“He’s taking care of business on that end, and now we just to take care of business on the other end.”
After the Foothills F.C. took the lead in the 35’ it was looking like a solid defensive effort was going to be required to get the win. Unfortunately, a “soft free kick,” according to the coach, in the 70’ allowed Portland to equalize it.
There were chances near the end of the game to score the winner by Miguel Romeo, who returns to the club after a decade away.
Romeo helped the Foothills F.C. capture bronze at nationals in 2005, and looked very promising coming on as a substitution late in the game.
After the first four games, Wheeldon Jr. knows that his team can be competitive in the PDL, but there is obviously room for improvement.
“That’s where we’ve got to polish, we need to score that all important second goal.
“But these players behind me are a great bunch of lads, and we can play with the best of them.”
Catch Foothills F.C.’s next home game on Thursday, June 18, kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. MST.