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MATCH RECAP: MatSu United fall 4-12 to Alaska Timbers

MSUFC suffer heavy defeat in second game of 2020
Published Jul 12, 2020

MatSu United FC (0-2-0) suffered a heavy defeat in the second game of their 2020 UPSL Last Frontier Conference season at the hands of a mightily impressive Alaska Timbers (2-0-0).

The Timbers, playing their second league game since joining UPSL, opened the scoring in the 18th minute after enjoying a spell of early pressure. They then doubled their advantage in the 29th minute, capitalizing on a loose ball in MatSu’s buildup play.

Despite the goals going in, MatSu United debutant goalkeeper Eliott Price managed to give a good showing of his abilities in the first half - and later throughout the whole ninety minutes. MSUFC's new shot-stopper pulled off some truly heroic saves to keep Alaska Timbers' tally as low as possible, showing that he is certainly worthy of being selected as MatSu United's starting goalkeeper going forward.

Alaska Timbers added three goals in three minutes to their lead between the 36th and 39th minute, before capping off their first half via a sixth goal with a handful of minutes left before the halftime whistle blew.

The second half began with Alaska Timbers on the front foot, scoring their seventh goal in the first minute after the restart.


A burst of joy was soon to come for MatSu however, as the Black and Blues opened their account for the 2020 season with a hard-earned goal from club talisman Iakov Shmelev in the 48th minute. Fifteen minutes later, MatSu United doubled their tally as midfielder Cade Johnstone launched a defense-splitting ball for Kyle Dearborn to finish cooly, bringing the score to 2-7

Alaska Timbers responded shortly after, converting on a breakaway chance to restore their six-goal lead.

MatSu United’s moment of the season so far came about in the 69th minute, when they responded to the Timbers’ eighth goal with a simply sumptuous strike from over twenty yards out - rippling the net and taking the game’s scoreline to 3-8. Elijah Hall's thumping finish for MatSu's third goal of the 2020 season will certainly be given consideration when the club looks back on their best goals of the year.

Unfortunately MatSu’s momentum was short-lived, as the Alaska Timbers scored directly from a corner two minutes later, before making it 3-10 with another goal in the 78th minute. With less than ten minutes left to play, the Timbers scored two more goals to end their barrage for the evening.

MatSu United scored the final goal of the game in the 88th minute, a well-struck shot from just outside the box as Kyle Dearborn set up Iakov Shmelev to score once again, bringing the game to its final scoreline: MatSu United 4-12 Alaska Timbers.

With his two goals on Sunday evening, MatSu United's Iakov Shmelev has officially become the club's all-time leading goalscorer. Iakov has been a mainstay in the MatSu starting eleven since joining the club in mid-2019, and the Russian-American is well-known for being a very vocal, commanding presence as a true leader for MSUFC. Everyone at MatSu United, from the front office staff to the players on the pitch, is constantly thrilled to have Iakov at out club, and we can't wait to see what he'll do for us in the future.

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