Logan Pause’s own goal snaps Fire’s unbeaten streak
ASSOCIATED PRESS May 20, 2012 10:54PM
The Portland Timbers' Darlington Nagbe (6) fights for the ball with the Fire's Logan Pause on Sunday. | Brent Wojahn~AP
Updated: July 1, 2012 12:49PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — An own goal in the 52nd minute proved to be the winner Sunday for the Portland Timbers, who beat the Fire 2-1.
Jalil Anibaba scored the lone goal for the Fire (4-3-3), which had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped. The loss also ended a two-game road winning streak.
Portland’s Eric Brunner picked up a loose ball after Kris Boyd’s failed bicycle kick off a header from Hanyer Mosquera and fired it past goalkeeper Sean Johnson to make it 1-0 in the 19th minute.
Fire midfielder Pavel Pardo was unmarked when he fired a shot at Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins, who leaped and grabbed it out of the air for a spectacular save in the 37th minute. But Perkins couldn’t get to Anibaba’s rip into the corner two minutes later that tied it.
The Timbers (3-5-3) went up in the second half on an own goal that came off midfielder Logan Pause’s knee after Sal Zizzo’s corner kick.