It would have been easy for the Calgary Storm to pack up the shop and call it quits.
But after giving up a goal in the first minute of its game against the Portland Timbers, the Storm rallied, potting a pair of first-half goals to edge the visitors 2-1 at Foothills Athletic Park last night.
After Portland\'s McKinley Tennyson beat Calgary goalie Dave Wiebenga with a low shot to the far side from 10 yards out, the Storm pulled together for perhaps its best game of the season.
\"I think it was our best effort, we played some nice stuff,\" said Calgary head coach Tommy Wheeldon, whose side is now 3-4 and moves ahead of Portland into third place in the A-League Pacific Division.
\"But again it was a bad start, a mountain to climb. I don\'t know what it is but we\'ve got to start better than that.\"
Notoriously slow out of the box, Calgary got back in the game when midfielder/defender Conrad Chala picked up a loose ball after Sean Fraser was tackled just outside the penalty box. Chala made no mistake on his first of the season, booting a low kick to the far side in the 30th minute past Timbers \'keeper Curtis Spiteri.
Then during first half injury time, Ian Dawes made a beautiful little pass to his left to a streaking Mark Korthuis, who finished with a goal, his second, to Spiteri\'s short side.
\"Before we scored our first goal, we had two or three great chances to score but we couldn\'t find the net but we knew there (were) many to come and luckily we got the two and won the game,\" said Dawes.