Match Recap: LUFC vs Timbers U23
Eugene, OR- Last night’s match between Lane United FC and Timbers U23 was an exciting, back and forth battle to the last minute. Lane United came out victorious with a 3-2 win, but Timbers U23 proved to be a very worthy adversary.
The scoring opened up in the 19th minute when LUFC’s golden boot boy thus far in the season, Willie Spurr hit a first time ball that was set back at the top of the eighteen, slotting it into the bottom corner of the net. Shortly after that, in the 25th minute, as momentum was in LUFC’s corner, Red’s number 9 Nick Moon got a through ball about 35 yds out, taking it right at the keeper. Moon drew the Timbers’ keeper out and then chipped a neatly placed finish to put the Red’s up 2-0 going into the half.
The Timbers U23 were not about to let that be a score that would stand for long. Within the first two minutes of play in the second half, the Timbers got a goal back off of the run of play and shortly after in the 61st minute drew a PK which was then converted to bring the score line back to a 2-2 draw. After the thrilling first 62 minutes, the game leveled out a bit, with both sides pressing to get the go ahead goal. Lane United finally got that, on another through ball that was slotted to Anthony Macchione’s feet who calmly placed the ball on the ground in the far post side netting to bring the Red’s back on top 3-2.
“I’m pleased with the result. The boys executed a wonderful game plan, and stuck with it for the full 90. They are disappointed in the manner in which we let the Timbers back into the match, but they showed great character and determination to get the game winner. We had three different players on the score sheet tonight, it was a comprehensive team effort from everyone. Moving forward, we need to sharpen up in a few areas and finish teams off when we have the lead. We made things very interesting last night when we could have easily put this game to bed in the second half. Portland is a quality side, they move the ball so well, and full credit to them for tying things up at 2 all in the second half. I thought Macchione and Moon were fantastic up top tonight, and I’m thrilled for Anthony to get the game winner.” Says Coach Galas.
Last night’s match brought the standings in the northwest conference even tighter as Calgary and TSS both sit on top of the table with tied 3-1-1 records followed by LUFC with a 2-2-1 record. Lane United is away for the next two weeks to play Calgary on June 9th followed by games on June 14th and June 17th against Timbers U23 and Sounders U23, respectively. The Red’s will return home June 22 to face Victoria Highlanders.