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Bold, Timbers 2 play to frustrating draw

Austin takes on MLS side Houston Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night

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Kris Tyrpak threw his headgear down in frustration while many other Bold FC players felt to the turf with a mixture of frustration and exhaustion. 

Despite a 25-10 advantage in shots and getting out to a two-goal lead in the first half, the Bold settled for a 2-2 draw with Portland Timbers 2 Saturday night at Bold Stadium at Circuit of The Americas.  

“We just didn’t finish opportunities,” said Tyrpak, who finished with a goal and an assist. “We had a few opportunities that should’ve been goals. We’ll put that behind us.”

Austin didn’t rotate its squad much at all, putting out the top lineup with a trip to Houston to face off with the Dynamo of the MLS in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on the horizon for Tuesday night. 

“I think we should play our best team no matter what,” Austin head coach Marcelo Serrano said. “I leave the field with good hope because of the way we controlled the match. When we tie or when we lose, it doesn’t mean everything is wrong, and when we win, it doesn’t mean that everything is right.”

The Bold were dominant the entire match on Saturday, holding nearly 60 percent of the possession. Timbers 2 didn’t really spend a significant amount of time in the Austin end of the field until the late second half. 

Tyrpak had a golden opportunity 15 minutes in but sent his shot sailing over the crossbar. 

He made up for it four minutes later when his pinto cross found the head of Andre Lima for the opening goal. After missing a diving header in the 25th minute, he was able to get his head on a cross by Sonny Guadarrama to double the Bold lead after a half hour.  

“You’ve got to put things behind you,” Tyrpak said. “If you miss an opportunity, you’re going to get another one if you work for it. I put my head down and kept grinding. Sonny put a great ball in and I was able to put it away.”

In the last two USL games, Tyrpak — a Dripping Springs native — has scored four goals with one assist and forced his way into the starting lineup after starting the year as a sub. 

“He’s played alive and been dangerous in those runs,” Serrano said. 

Portland midfielder Eyrk Williamson sprinted up the sideline and beat Bold goalkeeper Diego Restrepo near post to cut the lead in half just before halftime. Todd Wharton tied the game after some sustained pressure from Timbers 2 late in the second half. 

Despite getting just one point, Austin is in a tie for ninth place in the USL Championship Standings with 19 points, while Portland is two points off the top in a three-way tie for second place with 23 points.

“What are we going to do?,” Serrano said. “We controlled the match the entire time. That’s the fourth game we have controlled like this. Controlling the team like that, it shows that our team is in the right step.”

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