Reds Dominant in Victory Over Starphire
EUGENE — The Reds have been dominant at home in 2017. Nothing changed in the third friendly of the season Tuesday.
Lane United put away four first half goals from four different players while coasting to a 5-0 victory over Southern Oregon Starphire FC at the Les Schwab Sports Park.
Scoring early and often has been a theme for Lane United (5-2-2 overall, 2-2-2 PDL) at home and that continued when Brandon Zambrano netted a rebound in the box off a shot from Isma Fernandez in the 13th minute.
That was only the beginning.
Just four minutes later Fernandez scored himself on a beautiful left-footed volley over the Starphire keeper who could only watch it sail over his head into the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage.
Fernandez was just getting started. He found his midfield running mate Vicente Mora open in front of the goal in the 41st minute and he finished with a strike from 15 out before turning to give a fist pump and yell to the Lane United fans.
Lane United’s fourth goal of the first half came just a minute after Mora’s score when Jaime Miralles put away a little chip shot past the Starphire keeper off a beautiful pass from Zambrano.
The defense and constant possession from the Reds limited opportunities for Starphire all game long, allowing just three shots with none of them coming on target against keeper Ben Willis.
Isma Fernandez rounded out the scoring when he sprinted down the middle and caught up to a pass from Miralles that he finished past the outstretched arms of the keeper for his second goal of the night.
A goal for head coach John Galas coming into Tuesday’s match was to get a lot of players minutes and keep some others in rhythm who hadn’t seen a lot of action in recent weeks. The Reds were able to accomplish that while running their goal differential to +18 in home matches, outscoring opponents by a combined 20-2.
“It’s good to get guys minutes who hadn’t seen a lot of action in league games recently,” Galas said. “I’m happy with the performance. Five goals, good possession, attacking and defending. It was a good tuneup for us heading into an important week against Calgary.”
Lane United travels to Canada for two important matchups with PDL Northwest Division leader Foothills FC Friday and Sunday. Two matches that could go a long ways to playoff hopes for the Reds if they are able to get a result.
“We were able to work on some tactical things tonight in terms of possession and not being careless with the ball,” Galas said. “It’ll be a huge game for us Friday. Obviously we’ll take one game at a time, but if we can get a result that sets us up really nicely for Sunday. We have a ton to play for, so we need to go up there with the right mindset and compete.”
Lane United returns home Thursday, June 22 for a big matchup with in-state and division rival Portland Timbers U-23 at 7:30pm. Click here to get your print-at-home tickets and help us stay undefeated at home!