Reds Record Second Draw with Calgary
Lane United went on the road to Canada for two important away matches in the race for the PDL Northwest Division title and came away with points twice. The second coming in the form of a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon at the Calgary Soccer Center.
The Reds took the first lead of the two-match set in the 51st minute, after a 0-0 draw Friday and 141 minutes of total play between the two sides.
Nick Moon received a nice pass over the top from Jaime Miralles and finished inside the post past the Foothills keeper. It was just the second goal allowed in the last five matches for current division leader Foothills FC.
Calgary was able to find an equalizer in the 60th minute when Kyle Jones put away a penalty kick past the outstretched arms of a diving Ximo Miralles. Neither side was able to find the go-ahead goal in the final 30 leaving a point to each for second time in three days.
“I’m pleased with the way we played this weekend,” head coach John Galas said. “It’s always tough to play Calgary away. We were more aggressive going forward today and got the goal we wanted. Unfortunately we couldn’t secure the three points.”
As the season hits the home stretch the Reds (5-2-4 Overall, 2-2-4 PDL) return to the Les Schwab Sports Park for five of its last six league matches, a home field advantage that has been very good to Lane United thus far.
The Reds have outscored opponents by a combined score of 20-2 through its first five home matches of the season, including three friendlies and two league wins over TSS FC Rovers and Seattle Sounders U-23.
Tallying any points on the road is a welcomed sight for Lane United as they look to compete for the division title, especially when you are earning those points against the 2016 PDL runner-up and current division leader.
“I think the boys will feel a little disappointed with dropping two points today,” Galas added. “That said, our focus is now on Timbers U23. There’s still so much to play for in this very competitive NW Division.”
If the Reds are able to continue the strong home form they have shown so far in 2017 the schedule sets up nicely for a run to the PDL playoffs.
Lane United returns home this Thursday, June 22 for a huge matchup with in-state and division rival Portland Timbers U-23 at 7:30pm. The Timbers sit right in front of LUFC and need your help to earn three points and continue moving up the table.