[PDL: Playoffs]Former Akron goalkeeper David Meves scored the decisive fifth kick to give the Portland Timbers U-23s a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 after the two teams had played to a 1-1 draw in the first round of the PDL playoffs.
They move into the Western Conference semifinals Saturday against the Fresno Fuego while the Victoria Highlanders play the host Ventura County Fusion in the other semifinal.
The Austin Aztex, Ocean City Nor’easters and the regular-season champion Thunder Bay Chill also host conference semifinals and finals over the weekend.
Reading United AC win 3-1 in overtime at the Baltimore Bohemians on goals from Michigan State's Fatai Alashe and Dante Marini, both off assists by Jason Plumhoff.
The Ottawa Fury pulled away for a 6-0 victory over the GPS Portland Phoenix behind a hat trick by Carl Haworth.
The Carolina Dynamo rounds out the Eastern Conference championship field at Ocean City after a late goal by Sebastian Ibeagha earned a 2-1 victory over the Virginia Beach Piranhas.
The Michigan Bucks got goals from Dion Peters, Zach Steinberger, Matt Walker and Kenny Uzoigwe to defeat the Chicago Fire PDL 4-0 in the Great Lakes Division and up a match at Thunder Bay in the Central Conference semifinals.
PDL PLAYOFFS, Schedule
Ocala Stampede vs. Laredo Heat
Austin Aztex vs. Panama City Beach Pirates
Ottawa Fury vs. Reading United AC
Thunder Bay Chill vs. Michigan Bucks
Ocean City Nor'easters vs. Carolina Dynamo
Forest City London vs. Real Colorado Foxes
Victoria Highlanders FC vs. Ventura County Fusion
Fresno Fuego vs. Portland Timbers U-23s
PDL PLAYOFFS, Results
Baltimore Bohemians 1 Reading United AC 3
Carolina Dynamo 2 Virginia Beach Piranhas 1
Ottawa Fury 6 GPS Portland Phoenix 0
Michigan Bucks 4 Chicago Fire PDL 0
Portland Timbers U-23s 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 1
(Portland Timbers U-23s 5-4 win on penalty kicks.)