Match Preview: Lane United Take On Washington Crossfire in Final Game of the Season
Lane United will host the Washington Crossfire in its final home match of the season this Friday, July 15th, at 7:00 PM at the University of Oregon’s Papé Field. The Reds have faced Crossfire twice this season, with both matches ending in draws. After being knocked out of the playoff running for the PDL Northwest Division with a loss to the Kitsap Pumas on Saturday, July 9th, Coach Galas and his team are still have something to play for with a possible 2017 US Open Cup spot on the line.
Washington Crossfire has had an excellent season compared to 2015, with an overall record of 4-4-5 heading into Friday’s game. Friday’s match will take place just ten days after Lane United’s most recent match-up against the Crossfire on July 5th, in Redmond, Washington. The game ended in a 1-1 tie after Riggs Lennon gave Lane United the early lead in the third minute, only to have Crossfire’s Junior Sanchez equalize midway through the second half.
“It’s pretty simple,” said Coach Galas. “We win and we finish in 3rd place. I’ve challenged this group from the beginning of the season to make a playoff spot, and unfortunately we fell short of that goal. Having said that, they have set their own team goal to win our last match and finish in the top three. We played a man down against Crossfire for 45 minutes last time and we are very much looking forward to playing them again. They have added some players in the second half of the season, and have consistently been able to get points in this league. It will be a massive test for our group. this match has a ‘Cup Final’ feel to it, as we know the significance of it. I think the atmosphere will be amazing at Papé Field and we are delighted to play in one of the country’s premier facilities.”
Beer and cider, which Reds’ fans have become accustomed to at the Willamalane Center, will not be available during the game. A beer garden at neighboring PK Park will be open from 5-7pm, however. Tickets for the match are available via laneunitedfc.com/tickets or at the gate.
Lane United FC vs. Washington Crossfire
PAPÉ FIELD, Eugene, Ore.
July 15, 2016 (WEEK 11, PDL Game #14)
7:00 p.m. PT
Lane United play their final game of the season at home against Washington Crossfire.
REFEREE: Wale Animashaun AR1 (bench): Kristin Patterson B AR2(opposite): JJ Blodgett 4th: Andrew Brooks
ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 6 goals … Washington: 2 wins, 7 goals … 3 ties
AT LANE UNITED (2 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … Washington: 0 wins, 1 goal … 1 tie
AT WASHINGTON (2 meetings): June 5th – Tie (0-0), July 5th – Tie (1-1)
Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)
Washington 1 win, 3-1 (home)