Match Preview: Lane United Travel to Victoria for Second Road Game in Three Days
After a tough 2-1 loss to Kitsap Pumas on Saturday, the Reds are traveling to Victoria, B.C. to take on the Victoria Highlanders on Monday, July 11th, at 7:30 PM. The Reds’ last match-up against the Highlanders ended in a 0-0 draw at Willamalane.
Saturday’s loss was especially significant for Coach Galas and his team in that it knocked them out of the running for the PDL Northwest Division playoffs, even on points with Crossfire and Kitsap with a game in hand. The Reds displayed quality possession for good portions of the game Saturday and were able to equalize quickly after Kitsap took a second half lead. An 81st minute goal from former LUFC player, Conner Bevans, sealed the win for Kitsap as a loose ball was slipped past the back line for the striker to pass beyond the reach of Barazza in the Lane United net.
The Victoria Highlanders currently sit in sixth place in the Northwest Division after a disappointing 1-0 loss to the playoff-bound Seattle Sounders U-23s. The Lane United backline will have to be watchful of Victoria’s leading goal-scorer, Chris Rushworth (4 goals on the season), and play-making midfielder, Cam Stokes if they want to regain sole possession of third place with a win on Monday night.
“Coming off a tough loss to Kitsap we’ll need to regroup quickly and dig deep for this one,” said Coach Galas. “Our guys were pretty gutted with being knocked out of the playoff hunt, but they know we have a lot to play for and our goal is to finish third. Victoria will be yet another tough team in our division. They’ll be compact defensively, probably line-up in a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 and get numbers behind the ball. They were tough to break down last game and we expect nothing less this time around.”
The Reds will have one more game after Monday night; a home game on Friday, July 15th at the University of Oregon’s Papé Field at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at laneunitedfc.com/tickets
Lane United FC vs. Victoria Highlanders
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, Victoria, B.C.
July 11, 2016 (WEEK 11, PDL Game #12)
7:30 p.m. PT
Lane United’s second road game in three days will be against Victoria Highlanders FC. Their previous match-up this season ended in a 0-0 draw at Willamalane.
ALL-TIME (3 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Victoria: 2 wins, 9 goals …
AT VICTORIA (1 meeting): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Victoria: 1 win, 2 goals