Macchione Leads Reds to Opening Win
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.