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Calgary Foothills FC draw with Portland Timbers U23

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Calgary Foothills FC drew 1-1 with visiting Portland Timbers U23 on a damp night at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday.

A Calgary win would have leap-frogged them over the visiting side into second place in the Premier Development League Northwest Division standings. But the hard fought stalemate keeps them in touch – two points adrift the Timbers.

Calgary Foothills FC's Elijah Adekugbe, #8, is fouled by Portland Timbers U23's Todd Wharton during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Elijah Adekugbe, #8, is fouled by Portland Timbers U23’s Todd Wharton during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Having seen his side earn the lead on a first-half Elijah Adekugbe strike, Calgary’s head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. watched his side give up a goal midway through the second-half.

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“We just need that second goal to put it to bed,” said Wheeldon Jr. following the final whistle. “That’s where we’ve got to polish.”

Portland Timbers U23's Kyle Adams stretches to head the ball against Calgary Foothills FC during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Portland Timbers U23’s Kyle Adams stretches to head the ball against Calgary Foothills FC during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

But Wheeldon Jr. has seen positives in Foothills FC’s debut season and believes it’s now a matter of raising the squad’s confidence.

“We’re just showing that we’re in the mix,” he said. “We can compete. Got to give the lads a bit of belief. We are good. They now need to buy into it as well.”

Calgary Foothills FC head out on the road again to play Lane United and Portland Timbers U23 this Friday and Sunday before returning home to play Kitsap Pumas June 18.

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Calgary Foothills FC's Elijah Adekugbe, #8 celebrates scoring against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Elijah Adekugbe, #8 celebrates scoring against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC's Yoann Promonet climbs for a header against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Yoann Promonet climbs for a header against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC's Yoann Promonet climbs for a header against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Portland Timbers U23’s Todd Wharton celebrates scoring against Calgary Foothills FC during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC's Yoann Promonet climbs for a header against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Massimo Megna, left, and Portland Timbers U23’s Sheldon Sullivan battle for the ball during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC's Jean-Pierre Rodrigues-Lemos, left, tacklses Portland Timbers U23's Geoffrey Dee during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Jean-Pierre Rodrigues-Lemos, left, tacklses Portland Timbers U23’s Geoffrey Dee during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC's Dominic Russo, left, and Portland Timbers U23's Kyle Adams, centre, battle for the ball during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Dominic Russo, left, and Portland Timbers U23’s Kyle Adams, centre, battle for the ball during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC's Dominic Russo, right, and Portland Timbers U23's Dakota Barnathan climb to head the ball during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Dominic Russo, right, and Portland Timbers U23’s Dakota Barnathan climb to head the ball during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC's Elijah Adekugbe, #8 celebrates scoring against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Calgary Foothills FC’s Elijah Adekugbe, left, celebrates scoring against Portland Timbers U23 during their Premier Development League match at Hellard Field in Calgary Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Stuart Gradon

Editor of Total Soccer Project | Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and multimedia professional, having worked at 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. He covers Cavalry FC and Canadian Premier League.

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