Lane United Drops First Home Match of Season
EUGENE — It just wasn’t the Reds’ night at the Les Schwab Sports Park Thursday.
Portland Timbers U23 got a goal from Benji Michel in the 85th minute to break a 0-0 tie and hand Lane United its first home defeat of the season, 1-0.
In a hectic final few minutes the Reds had three corner kicks and a couple shots at an equalizer, but none were able to find the net. Goalkeeper Ximo Miralles even came up and joined the onslaught in stoppage time looking to help his teammates find a goal.
It was a physical, defensive match from both teams for much of the 90 minutes with neither side getting quality chances to take the first advantage. A far cry from what Lane United had seen at home this season after heading into the match with a +18 goal differential at 20-2.
“We didn’t put in a performance good enough to win tonight, plain and simple,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “You get what you put into this game and after watching the video we just didn’t stick to the game plan. We complicated the game when we needed to play simple, we didn’t communicate well enough throughout the 90 minutes and we made the game more difficult.”
Both sides played with intensity throughout the match as three big points were on the line in the race for the PDL playoffs. With that intensity came several cautions and arguments with the referee as five yellow cards were handed out on the night.
Lane United struggled to find quality chances throughout the night, recording just nine total shots. Furthermore, Portland goalkeeper Jordan Farr was forced to make only one save on the nine shots.
“Portland played a good game and came in with a good plan,” Lane United goalkeeper Ximo Miralles said. “I think they had a bit more of possession throughout the game, but we didn’t have a feeling at any point they were going to find a goal. We were the team looking for a goal at the end, but this is soccer and sometimes things happen that changes everything.”
Not all is lost for Lane United, who have a chance to get back on the right side Saturday when they travel to Salem for an away match at Portland Timbers U23. A win on the road will put the Reds right back in contention in the PDL Northwest Division.
With three matches remaining against teams ahead of them in the table, including the two against Portland, putting this one behind them and focusing on getting a result Saturday is the start needed to make a late run at the playoffs.
“We did a good job in Canada getting two points against the first team in the league last week,” Miralles said. “We need to be a little more decided at the offensive end and go there with a fresh mind Saturday. I think we’re working, but sometimes in soccer the results don’t come. We need to keep trusting ourselves.”
Saturday’s match is scheduled for a 7pm kickoff from McCulloch Stadium in Salem, the second of two Lane United away matches against Portland Timbers U23 this season. The Reds came away with a 2-2 draw on Memorial Day last time out, conceding a late equalizer to the Timbers.
After a disappointing night at home, Lane United will look to get immediately back after it and turn the tide in the right direction.
“Credit to the Timbers as they executed when it mattered and deserved the three point,” John Galas said. “I know our guys. We’ll regroup and get after it on Saturday.”
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