Chuck Keers is the Executive Director of Oregon Youth Soccer Association.

Posted by: Chuck Keers
It was 88 degrees at 7 am as the game began between the U19B from FC Portland - the B92 Navy and the Real Colorado Nationals.
 
It was pretty even through the first 20 minutes. Colorado scored on the left side through a narrow target to put them up 1-0.
 
Eaten Jones hit a hard headder that sailed inches over the bar 2 minutes into the second half.
 
Colorado scored again on a perfect cross and a perfect headder 10 minutes later - putting them up 2-0.
 
Matt Sheldon got the Navy in contention with a great goal at minute 62. Three minutes later Jacob Bishop tied it all with a great goal through traffic. The momentum was turning and play stopped for another water break.
 
At minute 85 Matt Wise made a great headder off of a corner to put Portland ahead for the first time in the game.
 
Keeper Kyle Foster made several great saves during the game including one remarkable one handed stop with only 2 minutes left.
 
That was the game. The men battled back from a 2-0 deficit to advance to the Semi-Finals of the US Youth Soccer Far West Regionals.
 
After the game coach Jeff Gadawski told the team, "You were down 2-0 but you never let your heads go down. I am so proud of you I can hardly speak."

 

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