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Washington Crossfire knocks off previously unbeaten Timbers U-23′s

REDMOND, WA — A stout defense and a timely goal were simple solutions to solve the riddle of the Portland Timbers U23′s as Washington Crossfire knocked the division-leaders out of the unbeaten ranks with a 1:0 win on Wednesday night June 5 at Redmond High School.

Dale Garvey was at the match and shot these photos for goalWA.net. See a Match Gallery here.

Matthew Sarett (college bio) scored for Washington in the 71st minute off of an assist from player-coach Nik Besagno to give the home side the winning tally.

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Second-half sub Matthew Sarett scores for Crossfire as they upset the Timbers U-23′s 1:0 Wednesday night in Redmond. (Dale Garvey)

The winning goal came only four minutes after Crossfire were reduced to ten men on a second yellow card to James Moberg.

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Official Levi Rippy has two cards in his hand, and that is bad news for James Moberg, who can’t believe the call. (Dale Garvey)

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Spencer Richey kept the Timbers out of the Washington goal. (Dale Garvey)

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For Crossfire it was a break-through first win of the 2013 season. For the Timbers the race at the top just got tighter as they maintain a three point lead but have given up a match in-hand to Victoria.

Washington Crossfire goalkeeper Spencer Richey (UW) was credited with eight saves on eleven Portland shots. Crossfire managed just four shots, but got the one through that mattered.

It was a chippy affair. Lead official Levi Rippy dished out five yellow cards to Crossfire and two to the Timbers. Moberg’s second yellow was an automatic red.

Box Score.

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