Though Yakima won the first half territorially, it was hard-working Peter Bergford who almost opened the scoring in a goal-mouth scramble in the 3rd minute. Peter eventually scored the tying goal with a nice, angled shot from 14 yards out in the 82nd minute.
The first half ended with the match 0 – 0, with the Selects defending in numbers and absorbing lots of pressure, but no clear scoring opportunities for the Reds. Mike Casale from the University of Washington, playing his first competitive match in six months because of injuries, was tenacious in defense for the Selects.
This all changed in the 47th minute, when big Andy Smith pulled down Yakima's speedy Jake Sagare in the box. Sagare blasted the ball past a helpless Jonas Tanzer, and Yakima held a 1 – 0 lead. To Yakima's credit, or perhaps its demise, it did not sit on the lead. As evidenced by recent Yakima matches (they lost 6 – 7 last weekend in regulation to Cascade!), Messrs. Franson, Resende and Sagare keep pushing forward.
The Selects became stronger as the match progressed, winning numerous corner kicks. After tying the score in the 82nd minute, it was the Reds who were absorbing the pressure. In the 4th minute of overtime, Joe Partridge of Seattle lofted a diagonal pass over the "flat four" of Yakima to an onrushing Andy Smith. From penalty kick-giving goat to match winning hero, Smith smashed a shot over the Reds' onrushing goalie for the victory.
Final score in front of a brave 300 or so who endured the dipping temperature and biting winds, Selects 2, Reds 1. Coach Hurme’s candidates for men of the match: Mike Casale, Jonas Tanzer, Peter Bergford and Andy Smith. This was the final match of the US Open Cup preseason for the USL Selects, which ended with a 3 – 1 record. Opening league match is Friday night, May 21, against the Spokane Shadow at Shoreline Stadium.