Match Preview: Lane United Hosts Victoria Highlanders Saturday, May 21st
EUGENE, Ore. — After starting the season with a win against Portland Timbers U-23s and a draw against defending PDL Northwest Division champs, Kitsap Pumas, Lane United prepares to host the newly-reinstated Victoria Highlanders FC. The game will take place Saturday, May 21st, at 7:00 pm at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation.
When asked about the match-up with Victoria, LUFC coach John Galas said “We have put two solid performances together to open the season, and we’re looking to add to our 180 minutes of shut-out soccer. This certainly will not be an easy task, as Victoria are one the best teams in our very competitive league. We’ve had a strong few days of training and hopefully we can come out with the right mindset and attitude and get the result.”
The Victoria Highlanders enter the 2016 PDL season after taking a one-year hiatus from the league. The club began the season with a 0-3 loss against the Kitsap Pumas on Saturday, May 7th, which was later reversed and credited to the Highlanders as a win as part of a disciplinary measure against Kitsap for fielding an ineligible player. Victoria finished play in Week 2 with a 2-0 loss to Calgary Foothills FC and entered Week 3 with a 1-1 draw against Portland Timbers U-23s on Friday.
“Victoria is coming off a tough match against Portland on the 20th, losing out on all three points in stoppage time” said Galas. “I’m sure they’ll feel they deserved better and we expect them to come out flying against us. They are extremely disciplined defensively, very organized and will cause us problems in the attack if we are patient. They have a true target man up top who will look to counter and is so dangerous in the air, we’ll need to manage that professionally in order to keep him off the score sheet.”
Fans can purchase tickets for the game at the gate or via Lane United’s tickets page. For those who can’t attend the game, there will be a live stream of the match on YouTube or they can follow @LUFCLiveTweets or @LUFCenespanol on Twitter for play-by-play analysis.
The second home game of the season will feature food options from Chachi’s Burritos and Lani Moku as well as craft brews from the Oakshire Beer Garden. Come down and enjoy these great treats and cheer on Lane United as they look to maintain their top-of-the-division status!
Lane United FC vs. Victoria Highlanders
WILLAMALANE CENTER FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION, Springfield, Ore.
May 21, 2016 (WEEK 3, PDL Game #3)
7 p.m. PT
The second home game of Lane United’s 2016 PDL season features a matchup against Victoria Highlanders FC. After taking leaving the PDL for one year, the Highlanders are back and looking to regain their once-dominant place in the league.
REFEREES: Center: Jason Perlewitz AR1: Benjamin Warren AR2: Aaron Scott 4th: Patrick Fisher
ALL-TIME (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Victoria: 2 wins, 9 goals
AT WILLAMALANE (1 meeting): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Victoria: 1 win, 7 goals