Monthly Archives: May 2017


Reds Earn Second Away Point In Draw at Timbers U23

May 29, 2017

By Keeler McJunkin

SALEM, Ore. — Lane United held two one goal leads over the Portland Timbers U23’s Monday before giving up a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw to earn an away point in front of more than 1,000 fans at McCulloch Stadium.

It was an exciting match from start to finish and an atmosphere to remember with supporter groups of both sides drumming, chanting and singing throughout the night hoping to help their side to a win.

Jordan Jones opened the scoring early for the Reds (3-1-2) when he turned a Timbers giveaway into a goal, slipping it past the goalkeeper after taking possession from a defender in the box. It was the second time in as many matches Jones was able to find the back of the net early.

Jones followed up his early goal with Lane United’s second of the match in the 58th minute. Midfielder Hassani Dotson centered a wonderful ball to Jones and all that was left was a left-footed tap in for the score.

“I came in with confidence scoring last week and as a forward confidence is how you live,” Jones said. “My pressing ability was decent, I saw the ball go over the top and figured just try to get something on it.”

The Timbers (1-1-1) showed a sense of urgency after Lane United’s early goal, knowing they needed to claw back into the match before the Reds could take a two goal advantage. Ultimately finding their first equalizer in the final play of the first half off a set piece.

Minutes away from earning the three full points on the road, both the players and head coach John Galas weren’t happy with conceding the equalizer so late in the match on a giveaway in a tough spot on the pitch.

“I’m obviously pleased with a point on the road, but I’m disappointed with the manner in which we let them back into the game twice,” Galas said. “Overall probably a fair result, but the boys aren’t happy in the way we allowed them back in and conceded goals the way we did.”

Galas mentioned it’s the little things here and there like being smarter in where fouls are committed and ultimately managing the game better that Lane United needs to clean up that will allow the Reds to put together a full match and take a win on the road.

Even after giving up a lead twice and conceding the second equalizer with just minutes remaining in the match, earning a valuable away point could come into play as the season continues along.

“I thought it was a good performance overall,” Jones said. “We’re disappointed not to get the full three points. We played well as a team and deserved to win there, but on the road you always gotta take what you can get.”

It’ll be another short week of training for the Reds as they prepare for a visit from first place Seattle Sounders U23 to the Les Schwab Sports Park Friday. A chance for the team to put this one behind them and focus on staying undefeated at home with a tough club coming in.

As each match passes Lane United has looked more comfortable playing with each other and knowing where teammates will be on the pitch. Paying attention to detail and playing a full 90 minutes will lead the Reds in the right direction.

“They’re a very good team,” Jordan Jones said. “We’ve watched video and I think we’ll be prepared. We need to keep doing the little things right. Details are huge in this league and if we prepare well we’ll be alright.”

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Reds Travel to Face Timbers U23 Monday

EUGENE — Lane United travels to Salem for a PDL Northwest Division rivalry matchup with Portland Timbers U23 Monday night at 7:00pm from McCulloch Stadium.

The Reds (3-1-1) are coming off a 3-1 victory at home Friday against TSS FC Rovers, earning three points and moving up the Northwest Division table into third place.

Going on the road against a quality club like Timbers U23 (1-1-0) will force Lane United to play to its strengths for the full 90 to earn points. The Reds were able to show quality possession of the ball early on Friday night before falling off towards the end of the first half and finally re-establishing their style of play in the final 45.

“We came out with great intensity and great energy in the first 10 minutes then we started to let the game go a bit,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “I was happy to see us recover in the second half and get back to how we want to play the game.”

The Reds are undefeated at home thus far through three games in the 2017 season, allowing just one goal while putting away 11 of their own. Comparatively, the quality of play was a bit off on Lane United’s first road trip of the season to Canada. Trouble keeping possession and giveaways at inopportune moments led to a 4-1 defeat at Victoria Highlanders.

Both Galas and assistant coach Conner Cappelletti stressed the need for simple plays and not forcing the ball into small windows looking for the perfect ball after the defeat in Victoria.

“You have to be a little more decisive and read the game accordingly,” Cappelletti said. “Sometimes the easiest pass is the one that’s five yards away right in front of you. Obviously everyone wants to play that perfect through ball to someone’s head or foot, but it’s a lot easier said than done. You have to make the play that’s in front of you.”

Earning away points will be important down the road as Lane United looks to earn its first-ever PDL Playoff berth this season. Galas mentioned after Friday’s victory that you must obviously win at home, but getting points on the road will push you over the top in the table.

The Reds will look to show more of the play at McCulloch Stadium Monday night that has led to quality results at home.

“This is a massive test for us on the road, we’ll have priority on defending and we need to limit their chances and frustrate them as much as possible,” Galas said. “If and when we get our chances we must capitalize.”

Monday’s match is the first of two this week against the the two teams with MLS parent clubs in the PDL NW Division. Seattle Sounders U23 visit the Les Schwab Sports Park Friday night and earning points this week could go a long ways in shaping the rest of Lane United’s season.

“Anytime you head out on the road to play one of our two MLS teams in this division it’s a tremendous challenge,” Galas said. “They’ll be organized defensively and dangerous going forward both in possession and on the break. Our 4-3-3 will have to work tremendously hard to get a result on the road.”

 

Moon Scores Twice in Reds Win Over Rovers

May 27, 2017

EUGENE — Lane United got two goals in the second half from forward from Nick Moon and one early from Jordan Jones on the way to a 3-1 win at the Les Schwab Sports Park Friday night in the Reds PDL home opener.

Level 1-1 after 45 minutes, Moon gave Lane United (3-1-1) the lead for good in the 64th minute when he put away a beautiful strike from 20 yards into the lower left corner past Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Hicks.

The Reds were able to control possession in the second half, enforcing their style of play after not being able to do so for the final 30 minutes of the first half. A very similar problem to what happened in the 2-2 draw with TSS in Burnaby, BC two weeks ago.

After scoring the first goal of the match on a Jordan Jones header in the 11th minute off a great cross from Brandon Zambrano, Lane United got away from what they were doing well and went back to forcing passes down the pitch.

TSS (1-4-1) leveled the match at 1-1 in the 38th minute when Mamadi Camara converted a penalty kick after a yellow card was assessed to Sam Tweeton for taking down Camara in the box.

“We came out with great intensity and great energy in the first 10 minutes then we started to let the game go a bit,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “The penalty didn’t help us in our energy, our mood and our commitment to the game. You could see it was in question.”

Galas reminded his guys at the half they needed to get back into the game mentally. The Reds were able to create chances by getting the offense going on the flanks. Brandon Zambrano was able to possess the ball outside, drawing away the TSS defense that left openings for Jones and Moon on the inside.

“It was just an attitude adjustment,” Galas said. “We needed to get back to what we did in training and what we had confidence in doing. That’s keeping possession.”

Lane United out the match away in the 74th minute when Moon found the back of the net for his second goal. He got through two Rovers defenders and slid the ball past Hicks off a pretty touch from Akeem Ward that gave Moon an open run towards the box.

Controlling possession has been an important part of Lane United’s success all season. Making simple plays and connecting on passes has led to several chances and goals in all five matches. The moments Lane United has struggled throughout the year has been when they’ve gotten away from their style of play.

“The first 15, 20 minutes of the match I thought we played well,” left back Casey ChubbFertal said. “Once we gave up the goal we kinda lost our rhythm all the way to halftime. We had a good halftime talk and as the second half progressed we played our game again and you saw more connecting of passes. We got shots on goal and they went in.”

The win gives Lane United four points in the Northwest Division of the PDL and kept the Reds undefeated at home heading into Monday’s away match at Portland Timbers U23. To keep pushing for the league playoffs playing well on the road will be important.

“If you can pick up points on the road in this league you are putting yourself in the top three,” Galas said. “You have to win at home, but if you can steal points on the road you’ll be in great shape.”

Lane United Introduces Third Kit

May 23, 2017

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EUGENE — Lane United FC will unveil its third kit for the 2017 season at the Reds’ PDL home opener on Friday, May 26 when TSS FC Rovers visit the Les Schwab Sports Park for a 7:30pm kickoff.

A collaboration between LUFC, Oakshire Brewing, GloryBee, and hummel, the third kit is designed to raise awareness and fundraising for the SAVE the BEE project, created to help declining honey bee populations in the Northwest.

The yellow kit features black script and the label of Oakshire’s SAVE the BEE farmhouse ale as a right sleeve patch. Beginning with Friday’s match, Lane United will donate 10% of all proceeds from sales of the kits to the SAVE the BEE project.

“I am really excited to be able to offer a third kit this season,” Lane United Managing Director Dave Galas said. “With the wonderful support of hummel and Oakshire Brewing we were able to put together a third kit that looks sharp, offers a nice option should we be playing a team in red and white, and further supports a wonderful cause.”

Honey bee population has been declining over the last 40 years due to colony collapse disorder, with nearly 50 percent population losses being reported in 2017 thus far. Action is needed now more than ever as beekeepers have lost an average of 38% of their hives each winter since 2010. Furthermore, one out of every three bites of food you eat is pollinated by bees.

Since the inception of SAVE the BEE, GloryBee has raised nearly $200,000 for important bee research and conservation.

“GloryBee started the SAVE the BEE cause to raise awareness of the impact honey bees have on our community’s food supply,” says RaeJean Wilson, executive vice-president of GloryBee and lifelong Eugene resident. “Having a sports team like Lane United join us in inspiring people to take action is bringing the SAVE the BEE message to a whole new audience. Working together we can accomplish something bigger than ourselves and make a difference.”

Lane United’s official kit launch party is set for June 1 from 6-8pm at the Oakshire Brewing Public House where the Reds’ home and away hummel kits for the 2017 season will be unveiled.

Visit glorybee.com/savethebee/ for more information on the Save the Bee project.

Reds Roll Past FC Cougars in Friendly

May 20, 2017

EUGENE — The Red Aces signature red smoke rose from the south bleachers just 10 minutes into the first half Friday night at the Les Schwab Sports Park, a sign of things to come for Lane United as the match went on.

Anthony Macchione put away a left-footed chip over FC Cougars goalkeeper Enrique Rueda for the first goal of the night on the way to a 4-0 friendly victory for the Reds over the local Liga Unida side.

Lane United head coach John Galas and the the Reds weren’t happy with the way they showed last time out in a 4-1 defeat at Victoria Highlanders FC Sunday and Galas stressed the need for quality possession and effort back at home this week.

“We scored early, but it took us awhile to get going after that as I thought we kinda went through the motions,” Galas said.”The sense of urgency had to be picked up for us to get comfortable. First and foremost we needed to stay in rhythm for next week when the league season resumes, but we also wanted to see some different combinations and we were able to do that tonight.”

The Reds got a spark from an influx of new arrivals this week as goalkeeper Ximo Miralles from Clemson University, midfielder Brandon Zambrano from the University of Portland and midfielder Isaiah Jackson of Gonzaga University all made their Lane United debuts Friday.

Zambrano started the match and found himself involved in several chances in the first half, recording an assist and shot in 45 minutes. Miralles and Jackson came on at the half and both contributed as Miralles made an acrobatic diving save to his left on a strike from Luis Almazar and Jackson put in a rebound from eight yards out for Lane United’s third goal.

“It was good to see Ximo called into action a little bit after just coming in yesterday,” Galas said. “That’s the nature of the PDL, guys have to come in and get acclimated instantly because it’s such a quick season. I thought Isaiah did well and integrated well with the group after being here just a few days. Pieces of the puzzle are being put in place which is nice.”

The goal of the night came from Miralles’ twin brother, midfielder Jaime Miralles who hit a clinical strike from 28 yards out, knocking a curling shot into the upper left corner past an outstretched FC Cougars keeper Enrique Rueda that put Lane United up 2-0. For Miralles the night was about getting better and preparing for a rematch against TSS FC Rovers next week.

“Tonight was a great opportunity to build some chemistry and work on things we were missing last weekend,” Miralles said. “We had some new faces and it was the first time we were playing together. There are no more excuses next week, we need to put everything together and start getting points.”

The Reds scoring was rounded out by forward Jordan Jones in the 81st minute, who rebounded his own shot inside the box and put away his third goal of the season making it 4-0.

Lane United will have the opportunity to move up the Northwest Division standings when TSS Rovers visit the Les Schwab Sports Park on May 26. Rovers defeated 2016 PDL runner-up Calgary Foothills FC 2-1 Friday night, creating an opening for the Reds.

“We need to do better than how we performed up there last weekend,” Miralles said. “We tied, we lost and we’re not happy with that. Not happy with it at all. We’ll be ready to go from the start through the end this time.”

Lane United Hosts FC Cougars in Second Friendly

May 18, 2017

EUGENE — Lane United faces local Liga Unida side FC Cougars Friday night at 7:30pm in the second home friendly of the 2017 season at the Les Schwab Sports Park.

LUFC will feature their special Eugene Civic Alliance kits for the fourth and last time of the season Friday night, all of which will be auctioned off at the Official Kit Launch party on June 1 as a fundraiser for Eugene Civic Alliance and the Stadium at Civic Park, the future home of the Reds. The match will also include a Eugene Civic Alliance 50/50 raffle with funds going to support the Stadium at Civic Park Project.

The Reds return home after their first PDL trip of the season where they secured an away point in a 2-2 draw with TSS FC Rovers Friday at Swangard in Burnaby, before falling to Victoria Highlanders FC 4-1 on Sunday.

Getting a point on the road is a good start to the league season, but the team wasn’t happy with the way they performed in the defeat to Highlanders FC.

“We left Canada with a horrible feeling in dropping three points to Victoria, so the boys have been really wanting to train and improve this week,” head coach John Galas said. “We’ve trained with great energy, focus and commitment while also showing great attitude all week.”

Galas plans for a number of players to see time on the field Friday as he continues to experiment with different lineups and combinations in search of the right fit as the PDL season resumes next week.

Lane United will be closer to full strength this week as four more players arrived in town and have been training with the club.

Forward/midfielder Brandon Zambrano from the University of Portland, goalkeeper Ximo Miralles from Clemson University, midfielder Isaiah Jackson from Gonzaga University, and midfielder Hernan Ramos from the University of Texas at Dallas all could see the field for their first action with the Reds against FC Cougars.

“We are approaching full numbers with the addition of Brandon, Isaiah and Hernan, who have all shown well in training this week,” Galas said. “That said, Sam Buzzas won’t feature Friday as he’s still recovering from the knock he took in the first half at TSS last week. I think the boys are excited to play tomorrow night.”

Established in 2007, FC Cougars are led by head coach Juan Gonzalez and play in the local Liga Unida. Although it’s just a friendly, FC Cougars will provide the Reds with strong competition that will help prepare them for next Friday’s home PDL opener against TSS FC Rovers.

“FC Cougars will be a tough test for us and we must approach the game with the same intensity, attitude and energy we would a PDL match,” Galas said. “I’m excited to see us play in front of our home crowd and welcome FC Cougars to yet another match in which we get to see some great local talent in the Eugene-Springfield communities.”

LUFC Falls at Victoria

May 15, 2017

VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Victoria Highlanders scored two early goals before the 10 minute mark of the first half, putting Lane United (0-1-1) in a hole it couldn’t recover from before ultimately falling by a 4-1 score at Centennial Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Reds outplayed Victoria (1-0-0) in several aspects throughout the game, however they couldn’t convert chances in front of the goal and misplayed too many balls in the middle and back of the pitch that led to opportunities for the Highlanders.

Head coach John Galas has stressed the need to stay better organized, improve 1v1 defending and keep better possession of the ball multiple times after the first two games of the season, three things that didn’t go well for Lane United Sunday.

“Obviously it wasn’t the start we wanted, and we dug ourselves a big hole,” Galas said. “We conceded a silly goal with poor individual defending. We have to be more disciplined with our decision making and possession.”

Galas will continue to stress these aspects of the game when the Reds resume training this week in preparation for Friday’s second home friendly of the season against FC Cougars at the Les Schwab Sports Park.

“We don’t have a real preseason, so getting guys on the same page quickly is always difficult in this league,” Galas said. “At the same time these guys are coming in from top programs and we expect them to make better decisions honestly. That has to be our mindset heading into training this week and the friendly on Friday.”

Lane United had several opportunities to get back into the game after conceding the two early goals, but they were unable to get on the finishing end of them. The bright spot came when Isma Fernandez was able to dribble past two Highlander defenders near the end line left of the goal and finish past Highlanders goalkeeper Simon Norgrove.

A continuing issue for Lane United early in the season has been trying to play the perfect ball instead of whipping it in with some pace and letting something happen. Assistant coach Conner Cappelletti has been urging the Reds to let the easy plays come instead of forcing the action.

“You have to be a little more decisive and read the game accordingly,” Cappelletti said. “Sometimes the easiest pass is the one that’s five yards away right in front of you. Obviously everyone wants to play that perfect through ball to someone’s head or foot, but it’s a lot easier said than done. You have to make the play that’s in front of you.”

Not all is lost on the weekend for the Reds, who return home after earning an away point in a 2-2 draw with TSS Rovers on Friday night. Lane United kept fighting after falling behind by three goals on the road, something that bodes well for the rest of the season.

“I liked the attitude and the urgency more this game than the last one,” Cappelletti said. “We kept battling, but we couldn’t get the second goal we were looking for that would have made the game a lot more interesting. The chances were there and that attitude we saw in the second half needs to be a recurring theme, we need that same mentality right out of the gate.”

 

Reds Earn Away Point in 2-2 Draw at TSS Rovers

May 12, 2017

By Keeler McJunkin

BURNABY, British Columbia — Lane United opened the 2017 PDL schedule with a hard fought 2-2 draw against TSS FC Rovers at Swangard Stadium Friday night, earning a point on the road in a spirited, back-and-forth match.

Jordan Jones scored the equalizer in the 69th minute, finishing from the box with his left foot after stepping past the Rovers keeper.

“We noticed that high line they were playing and Isma played a great ball over the top,” Jones said. “We were encouraging playing a ball over the top, he played a great one and I was lucky to get on the end of it and finish.”

Lane United had chances to net the game-winner in the final 20 minutes, the best coming when Akeem Ward looked for Isma Fernandez in front of the goal, but it was just out of reach with an open net in front.

It was a quality atmosphere at Swangard on a beautiful British Columbia spring night for the first-ever Rovers home match, but the Reds were able to spoil it and steal a point at the same time.

“It’s nice to get off to a good start and a result on the road is always a solid performance,” Jones said. “It was a good atmosphere, and they had a lot of fans. I like playing on the road, we have a tight-knit group of guys and I think we’re going to make something special out of this.”

TSS was able to possess the ball early before Lane United started to break the Rovers down and build the attack offensively, ultimately leading to the first goal of the game.

The Reds got on the board in the 29th minute when Akeem Ward’s cross from deep in the right corner found Vicente Mora on the left side of the the box and he finished with a quality right-foot volley beating the Rovers keeper.

After trading a few possessions the Rovers evened the score 1-1 in the 35th when Kristian Hietanen scored off a near post back-heel from inside the box that glanced off the shoulder of Lane United keeper Ben Willis and into the net.

The game got chippy early in the second half as John Stadler, who came on at halftime, got in the face of a Rovers player after getting cleated. The ensuing conversation with the referee led to a yellow card two minutes later when Matt Coffey collided with a Rover just past midfield.

A questionable foul on Alvaro Adan led to a Rovers converted penalty kick for a 2-1 lead, but the Reds were able to take control of possession and keep the ball on the TSS side of the field for the majority of the final 20. They just couldn’t convert that possession into the game-winner.

“We weren’t taking care of the ball the way we talked about taking care of it so I challenged them to work harder of the ball and support each other,” head coach John Galas said. “I thought our guys really got a hold of the game with about 20 left. Jordan worked hard for that goal. He’s a poacher, he can create something out of nothing. Overall I thought we closed the game out on a positive note.”

Lane United takes the field again on Sunday in Victoria against a Highlanders team that will be competitive and looking to earn a win at home.

“Victoria is hard to break down, we were 0-0 and 2-2 against them last year,” Galas said. “They’re really difficult, they know how to score goals and they defend well. We’re going to need to take care of the ball and finish in the final third.”

Reds Open PDL Season in Canada

May 11, 2017

By Keeler McJunkin

Lane United opens the 2017 PDL slate this weekend, traveling to Canada for the first road trip of the year. The Reds will play TSS FC Rovers Friday, May 12 and Victoria Highlanders FC Sunday, May 14.

LUFC is coming off a 4-0 victory in last Friday’s exhibition friendly against Northwest Christian, led by a hat trick from forward Anthony Macchione and a clean sheet from keeper Jose Subirats.

Players have been arriving daily since the opener last week, leading to quality training sessions and improved competition as the season kicks into gear in Canada.

“The quality keeps getting better and better,” head coach John Galas said. “We’re getting close to our full numbers. We have quality and depth at all positions.”

Galas has been impressed with the performance of center back Sam Buzzas this week, specifically noting his ability to integrate with his teammates instantly and compete right away. Buzzas, a redshirt freshman from Xavier will be playing in his first games with the Reds this weekend.

“Training has gone really well and it’s been nice to meet all the guys,” Buzzas said. “I like the training culture, it’s very positive and you don’t see that a lot in soccer, so it’s nice to be in a positive environment. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do as a team. Obviously I’d like to see us win, but it’s progression based, so anything we can do to get better is good.”

Even with the numbers continuing to improve, the players still haven’t had much time to train together, but that’s nothing new for teams playing in this league as the season begins.

“That’s the nature of the beast in the PDL,” Galas said. “We’re fortunate enough to have quality players we can plug in and hopefully get results. We expect them to be integrated quickly and put in a good shift on the road.”

Buzzas, who arrived in Eugene on Sunday, isn’t concerned with just the four days of training with his new teammates before taking the field Friday.

“I’m pretty used to it, it’s kind of typical how soccer goes,” Buzzas said. “You just come in and start playing. I like getting the ball moving and that’s what we did during training. We got right into it.”

Scoring four goals and recording a clean sheet in the opener was a good start, but Galas wants to see improvement heading into the first league games of the year.

It will take a better all around effort to steal points on the road against two quality teams.

“I’d like to see better care of the ball, we were a little casual in possession,” Galas said. “We got a little complacent defensively and I thought we gave the ball away a little too cheaply. TSS will be very organized and hard to break down. We need to shift their defense and make them chase the game, but we have to take care of the ball or it’ll be hard for us to create chances.”

Lane United’s game against TSS FC Rovers is scheduled for a 7pm kickoff Friday night from Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia. The game will be live streamed on YouTube: Click here to watch

Macchione Leads Reds to Opening Win

May 6, 2017

By Keeler McJunkin

Springfield — Forward Anthony Macchione recorded a hat trick and Lane United went on to a 4-0 friendly win against Northwest Christian Friday night in front of a crowd of 344 at the Bob Keefer Center.

The Reds front line was able to outclass the Beacons from the beginning with athleticism and speed NCU couldn’t match. Macchione scored Lane United’s first goal of the season in the fifth minute from the left side of the box 13 yards out and that was just the start.

Macchione, from Camas, Wash., was playing his first game with Lane United as the newest Creighton Bluejay to join the Reds. He utilized his redshirt season in the fall after transferring from Akron.

“I thought we played a good game, it was a good way to get the season going,” Macchione said. “We were able to keep possession throughout and I felt like we dominated the game.”

“I can tell it’s going to be a good season, so I’m very happy.”

Macchione found the back of the net again in the 17th minute off a great touch from Matt Coffey, beating NCU keeper Levi Davidson one-on-one with a left foot finish from inside the box again.

Coffey gave the Beacons trouble all night playing on the front line, up from his normal midfield spot. He just missed on a header that sailed a couple feet wide of the post and gave the Reds several chances to score with crosses and timely touches around the box.

The third goal for Macchione came just a minute into the second half when he evaded an NCU defender and scored on a beautiful volley over Davidson from 16 yards out to record the hat trick.

Lane United’s final goal was the flashiest. It came in the 71st minute when Isma Fernandez of Valencia, Spain shook an NCU defender from 24 yards out and fired a strike out of the reach of Davidson that just touched the crossbar.

“It was beautiful, we know Isma can do that,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “He’s such a gifted player and he can score goals at will if he wants. That was a great strike.”

Galas was happy with the overall performance of his Reds, especially considering not all of his players have arrived in town.

“I’m pleased with four goals and pleased with Anthony,” Galas said. “It’s the first time he’s played with this group and he hasn’t trained with us, and he scored three goals.”

“We were able to shut them down defensively and we pressed the way I wanted us to press on defense. I liked the way we attacked them offensively all night.”

Lane United hits the road for its first counting games of the season with a visit to TSS FC Rovers on Friday, followed by a Sunday matchup with Victoria Highlanders FC.