(ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico) New Mexico United remains unbeaten at Isotopes Park, as they drew with Portland Timbers 2, 3:3. A stoppage time equalizer from Kevaughn Frater, which completed his hat trick, sent the nearly 13,000 fans at Isotopes Park into a frenzy.
In the 50th minute, Frater netted his first. Chris Wehan and Manny Padilla were both credited with the assist. Just four minutes later, the referee awarded New Mexico United a penalty. Frater coolly tucked it into the bottom left corner.
Timbers 2 refused to surrender. Eryk Williamson notched a 66th minute goal off of an assist from Christian Ojeda. In the 68th, a tricky ball ricocheted off of Ryan Sierakowski, and snuck past the unsuspecting Cody Mizell. Things seemed to take a devastating turn after the referee awarded Portland a penalty in the 77th minute. Williamson placed it in the bottom left hand corner, to give the visitors a 2:3 lead.
New Mexico United upped the intensity in the final 15 minutes of the match, but could not find the equalizer until a flurry of activity and confusion in the box set up a sitter for Frater, which he smashed into the back of the net. 12, 921 NM United fans went crazy.
Up next for New Mexico United is a May 5th home match against San Antonio FC.
Man of the Match: Kevaughn Frater
Frater had 2 key passes, and was instrumental in New Mexico United’s high press. Scoring a third goal in the dying minutes of the game cemented the honor for the Jamaican.
NM – Kevaughn Frater (50, 54, 90+3)
POR – Eryk Williamson (66, 77); Ryan Sierakowski (68)
NM – Suggs (caution, 34); Frater (caution, 35);
POR – Ornstil (caution, 41); Wharton (caution, 69); Leeker (caution, 85)
NM: Shots: 16, Shots on Goal: 9, Saves: 7, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 6, Offside: 3.
POR: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 2, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 0.