USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 17

USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 17

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USSF D-2: A Look Back at Week 17

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By TRAVIS CLARK

No matter the opponent, the Austin Aztex keep on rolling.

A struggling Miami FC came to House Park, with the hopes of slowing down the rampant Aztex. But goals from Eddie Johnson and Lawrence Olum gave the hosts a 2-0 early in the second half, and they wouldn't look back. Abe Thompson handed his side a lifeline, getting one back for Miami in the 75th minute, until forward Kendall McFayden added a stoppage-time insurance goal in Austin's 3-1 win.

The Aztex's win was their fourth of the season over Miami, who remained mired on just two wins for the season. The Blues haven't won a game since June 12.

Here's a look at the rest of the weekend's D-2 action:

Tampa Bay concedes late again, ties 2-2 with Portland

The FC Tampa Bay Rowdies are struggling to put teams away, and it could prove to cost them a playoff spot when all is said and done. The Rowdies went toe-to-toe with Portland, an Aaron King goal canceling out Bright Dike's opener in the first half. The Rowdies then took the lead in the 57th minute thanks to Ricardo Sanchez, but conceded another late goal, this to Portland's Takayuki Suzuki, earning a point for the Timbers in a 2-2 draw.

Baltimore can't beat 10-men Montreal

In need of more than one point, Baltimore couldn't overcome an undermanned Montreal, tying 1-1 in Boyds, Md. Baltimore enjoyed the run of play, but ended up going down to a Tony Donatelli penalty kick in the 63rd minute. Montreal had already been reduced to 10 men at that point, when Simon Gatti was shown a second yellow card. Palace Baltimore managed to rally for a point, with Gary Brooks scoring a 77th minute equalizer.

Carolina, Vancouver draw 2-2

Vancouver jumped all over the Railhawks defense, scoring twice in the first 15 minutes. But the Whitecaps defense couldn't hold up their end of the bargain, conceding two times before the half. Martin Nash's penalty in the 2nd minute was a good indicator for the visitors, who had made the long trip from the Northwest. Philippe Davis then double Vancouver's lead. But it wouldn't last, as quick strikes by Mark Schulte and Josh Gardner meant points were shared in a 2-2 draw.

Minnesota fights back for late draw at St. Louis

In a wild encounter in the Midwest, a late Brian Cvilikas strike snatched a point for the visiting Minnesota Stars, an entertaining 2-2 draw with St. Louis. Three goals in the final ten minutes saw to that. St. Louis took a 42nd minute lead with a Luke Kreamalmeyer goal. Melvin Tarley equalized late in the second half, before Kreamalmeyer tallied again, this time on a penalty — cuing Cvilikas' heroics for the road side.

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