Moon Scores Twice in Reds Win Over Rovers
EUGENE — Lane United got two goals in the second half from forward from Nick Moon and one early from Jordan Jones on the way to a 3-1 win at the Les Schwab Sports Park Friday night in the Reds PDL home opener.
Level 1-1 after 45 minutes, Moon gave Lane United (3-1-1) the lead for good in the 64th minute when he put away a beautiful strike from 20 yards into the lower left corner past Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Hicks.
The Reds were able to control possession in the second half, enforcing their style of play after not being able to do so for the final 30 minutes of the first half. A very similar problem to what happened in the 2-2 draw with TSS in Burnaby, BC two weeks ago.
After scoring the first goal of the match on a Jordan Jones header in the 11th minute off a great cross from Brandon Zambrano, Lane United got away from what they were doing well and went back to forcing passes down the pitch.
TSS (1-4-1) leveled the match at 1-1 in the 38th minute when Mamadi Camara converted a penalty kick after a yellow card was assessed to Sam Tweeton for taking down Camara in the box.
“We came out with great intensity and great energy in the first 10 minutes then we started to let the game go a bit,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “The penalty didn’t help us in our energy, our mood and our commitment to the game. You could see it was in question.”
Galas reminded his guys at the half they needed to get back into the game mentally. The Reds were able to create chances by getting the offense going on the flanks. Brandon Zambrano was able to possess the ball outside, drawing away the TSS defense that left openings for Jones and Moon on the inside.
“It was just an attitude adjustment,” Galas said. “We needed to get back to what we did in training and what we had confidence in doing. That’s keeping possession.”
Lane United out the match away in the 74th minute when Moon found the back of the net for his second goal. He got through two Rovers defenders and slid the ball past Hicks off a pretty touch from Akeem Ward that gave Moon an open run towards the box.
Controlling possession has been an important part of Lane United’s success all season. Making simple plays and connecting on passes has led to several chances and goals in all five matches. The moments Lane United has struggled throughout the year has been when they’ve gotten away from their style of play.
“The first 15, 20 minutes of the match I thought we played well,” left back Casey ChubbFertal said. “Once we gave up the goal we kinda lost our rhythm all the way to halftime. We had a good halftime talk and as the second half progressed we played our game again and you saw more connecting of passes. We got shots on goal and they went in.”
The win gives Lane United four points in the Northwest Division of the PDL and kept the Reds undefeated at home heading into Monday’s away match at Portland Timbers U23. To keep pushing for the league playoffs playing well on the road will be important.
“If you can pick up points on the road in this league you are putting yourself in the top three,” Galas said. “You have to win at home, but if you can steal points on the road you’ll be in great shape.”