Sounders get late goal to beat Timbers 2-1 in 2 OT

May 12, 2001
at Seattle, Washington

Portland: Darren Sawatzky 32' (PK)
Seattle: Scott Jenkins 62 ' (Leighton O'Brien)
Seattle: Kei Kinoshita 110' (Kyle Smith)

Kei Kinoshita beat Matt Napoleon to a loose ball in the final minute of overtime and chipped it over the Portland goalkeeper and into the net to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-1 double overtime win in front of 2,112 fans at Seattle's Memorial Stadium.

Darren Sawatzky scores on a penalty kick

Kinoshita's goal ended what had been a very physical game between the Northwest rivals, with 42 fouls between the teams and nine cards, including a red card for each side. The early momentum was on the visitor's side, with several good scoring chances in the first half. Former Sounders Mark Baena and Darren Sawatzky both had good early chances, but their shots were saved by Seattle goalkeeper Preston Burpo, who finished with five saves on the night. In the 32nd minute, a pass from Sawatzky to Baena created a good chance along the left side, but Baena was taken down by Sounders defender Ryan Edwards in the box, and a penalty kick was awarded. Sawatzky took the penalty, and though Burpo did get a hand on the ball, the kick had enough momentum to carry into the net, and the Timbers had a 1-0 lead.

Seattle began to get more good chances later in the first half, but shots by Rees Bettinger and Viet Nguyen were saved well by Matt Napoleon, and the half ended with the Timbers holding a 1-0 lead

Memorial Stadium at dusk

The Sounders began to take control of the game in the 2nd half, and would hold that advantage for much of the rest of the match. During the first 10 minutes of the second half, Kieran Barton, Edwards, and Nguyen all had good chances, but either shot wide, or were saved by Napoleon. In the 62nd minute, the pressure Seattle had been applying paid off when midfielder Leighton O'Brien fought off a challenge from a Timbers defender to head a cross into the box, where defender Scott Jenkins ran onto the ball, having to stretch to barely deflect the ball, but it was enough to beat Napoleon, and it found it's way into the bottom right corner of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

In the 68th minute, the Timbers couldn't take advantage of their best scoring opportunity of the 2nd half. A pass from Baena found Sawatzky near the top of the box, but he was being marked closely by a Seattle defender, and his shot went wide. By this time the Seattle offense was completely controlling play, and getting many good chances to put the game away. Portland defenders Brent Sancho, Jeff Clarke, and Matt Chulis were solid in the back all night, but the team was tiring, and as the game went on, Seattle was getting more and more chances. In the 71st minute, O'Brien had an open shot from 10 yards, but shot it directly into Napoleon, who saved the hard shot.

Viet Nguyen being challenged by Michael O'Neill

In the 74th minute, the physical play that had been going on finally cost each team a player. Portland midfielder Michael O'Neill, who is the Timbers top scorer for the season, pulled on Seattle's Nguyen's jersey while attempting to get to a ball Nguyen was controlling. Nguyen took a swing at O'Neill and a short shoving match took place between the players. Both players were ejected.

In the 75th minute, the Sounders thought they had taken the lead after putting the ball in net after a wild scramble in front of the net, but a shot from the Sounders was mishit and instead of going in, trickled to a Sounders forward who was in an offside position instead, and the goal was disallowed. Seattle continued to press the attack, and in the 81st minute, Jason Farrel had a hard shot from 20 that Napoleon couldn't control, but Chulis cleared the ball from in front of the net. Just five minutes later, Bettinger had a seemingly open shot on net from 10 yards, put pushed the ball well right. Regulation ended with the teams still tied at 1-1.

Vadim Tolstolutsky and Jeremy Sweet

Three minutes into the first overtime, Kinoshita had two good chances from inside 10 yards, but Napoleon saved both. In the 96th minute, a through ball was played into the box by Farrel to a charging Bettinger that Napoleon smothered, but Bettinger kicked at it just after Napoleon had smothered it, injuring Napoleon, who was down for about five minutes, but did finish the match. Three minutes into the second overtime, Napoleon made two spectacular reaction saves on shots from Bettinger from no more than five yards away to keep the game even. But inside the last minute, a high bounce over the Timbers defense put a dangerous ball at the top of the box. Kyle Smith tapped the ball towards Kinoshita, who got to the pass before Napoleon, chipping the Portland goalkeeper, and the Sounders avenged their 2-0 loss in Portland the previous evening with a 2-1 win.

The Timbers and Sounders do not meet again until July 13, when the Timbers will play again at Memorial Stadium. The final regular season meeting between the two teams will be July 21 in Portland

Vadim Tolstolutsky challenges Seattle's Scott Jenkins

Shots: Timbers 6, Sounders 29
Saves: Timbers 9, Sounders 5
Fouls: Timbers 19, Sounders 23
Offsides: Timbers 3, Sounders 4
Corners: Timbers 4, Sounders 6

Timbers 5 (Sancho 22' (yellow, unknown), Chulis 35' (yellow, dissent), Clarke 45' (yellow, hard tackle), O'Neill (red, hard foul), Benedetti 78' (yellow, jumping at throw-in))

Sounders 4 (Nguyen 10' (yellow, tackle from behind), Edwards 28' (yellow, tackle from behind), Nguyen 74' (red, swinging at O'Neill), Smith 106' (yellow, elbow))

Timbers: Matt Napoleon, Gavin Wilkinson (Jesus Ochoa 46'), Brent Sancho, Matt Chulis, Jeff Clarke, Brian Winters, Vadim Tolstolutsky (Neil Ryan 52'), Scott Benedetti, Michael O'Neill, Jeff Clarke, Darren Sawatzky, Mark Baena
Sounders: Preston Burpo, Scott Jenkins, Kieran Barton, Mike Casale, Ryan Edwards, Leighton O'Brien, Kei Kinoshita, Jeremy Sweet (Kyle Smith 46'), Viet Nguyen, Jason Farrell, Rees Bettinger
Scott Benedetti attempts to block Jason Farrel's
throw-in (Benedetti received a yellow on this play)

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