Match Recap – Calgary, June 9
Lane United FC secured a 0-0 draw against PDL Northwest Division powerhouse Calgary Foothills FC in Canada on Saturday night. The Reds were under heavy pressure throughout the match but nonetheless conceded very few clear-cut chances, and the final minute—in which, a man down, they were able to throw bodies in front of one cross and two shots from dangerous positions—epitomized the collective defensive effort. “We knew what we were up against on a difficult pitch in very windy conditions, but the guys rose to the occasion, and delivered what nearly nobody does here – we got a point and a shutout.” said assistant coach Conner Cappelletti, head coach John Galas serving a touchline ban for a comment during last week’s home match against the Timbers.
Galas had watched plenty of video, and got multiple reports of the difficult conditions in Calgary, and responded with a starting lineup spine of Creighton University stars, with Anthony Macchione leading the front line, Paul Kruse in goal, and Connor Ramlo directly in front of him. Kruse was the standout figure for Lane United, producing a sprawling save from Calgary’s Anthony Camargo in the 80th minute to preserve the scoreless draw. Camargo had found himself free to shoot from 18 yards after a desperate Jon Stadler slide tackle had denied Moses Danto a shot near the penalty spot; but with the red sea of defenders parted for the first time in the match, Camargo’s side-footed effort was pushed away at full stretch by Kruse to his left-hand post. Seemingly deflated by that remarkable save, the Calgarians never seriously threatened Kruse’s goal again in the waning minutes of the match.
Calgary had started off well with a series of half-chances in the first 45 minutes, and by halftime Lane United had yet to earn a corner kick or even be whistled for offside. Calgary, by contrast, had a series of corners and free kicks in threatening areas, but all were either cut out by the disciplined center-half pairing of Stadler and Ramlo, or in the case of Danto’s 35th-minute free kick, saved comfortably by Kruse. Kruse would again save a Danto free kick in the 55th minute, and Danto’s best chance of all came a few minutes later when he headed the ball toward goal over a stranded Kruse after a long-throw-induced scramble in the Lane United penalty area, only for Stadler to head clear off the line.
Lane United finished the match with ten men after Nick Moon was given a quick-draw double yellow card in the 82nd minute. After what originally looked a tough but fair tackle on Anthony Camargo, and a surprising yellow was issued, based on other decisions during the night. Moon appeared to ignore the ensuing Calgary attempts to bait him into an angry reaction, but in that melee the referee spotted an offense worthy of a second yellow card and dismissed the Milwaukee man without disciplining any of the Calgary players. The Canadians failed to take advantage of the power play, though, never mustering a clean look at goal in the remaining eight minutes plus stoppage time, and the series of last-ditch blocks in the final minute thwarted their only real attack at the LUFC goal. The 0-0 scoreline represented the first goalless draw in the PDL Northwest Division in 2018, but as far as the Reds are concerned, it was a well-earned and deserved result.