By Lethbridge Herald on May 13, 2019.
A trend has taken shape early in the Lethbridge Football Club men’s
Plenty of chances, some hit posts and some goofy hops, skips and
jumps, thus far not in their favour.
It has kept the LFC winless in the early going, but not without a few
points to show for it following a 1-0 loss to the Calgary Callies and
a 1-1 draw with the Calgary Villains Elite FC Saturday in an Alberta
Major Soccer League homestand at the Servus Sports Centre.
With the tie and loss, the LFC sit at 0-1-2 as their homestand
continues next weekend.
On Sunday under some balmy conditions, the chances were plentiful for
the LFC — including a breakaway chance from Sodiq Adekunle in the
second half — but the hosts were unable to dent the mesh.
At the other end, the Callies cashed in on their bounce as Fransisco
Miron provided the lone goal that ultimately earned the visitors a win.
“It was just unlucky same as (Saturday),” said LFC head coach Bruce
Primeau. “It was one lucky bounce today. It went through our guy’s
leg, buddy bicycles and misses, it bounces off his groin and it goes
to a guy and it goes in the net.
“They had three shots on net today and we had five scoring
opportunities. We had three breakaways and we could even get a shot to
the net and that’s our fault. We have to fix that. If we weren’t
getting the chances — and the veterans and I talked about it — we
would be concerned. They (Callies) did nothing in the second half, it
was all us. At times we can’t get out of our own way. We had 23
unforced giveaways today, 23 in 90 minutes and that is not going to
produce a win.”
Kyle Angrilli scored the lone LFC goal in Saturday’s tie with the
“Saturday we played a solid 82 minutes and I think it was 30 minutes
into the second half we were up 1-0 and everything was going fine,”
said Primeau. “It was the same, scrambling bounce and their guy, same
idea, just walks it into the net. We hit three goal post yesterday and
we missed the exact same play yesterday as we did today. Their guy, it
hits him in the chest and he walks it into the net. Our guy, it hits
off his chest and goes over the net. It was chance after chance after
chance and the Villains didn’t have anything.”
The narrowly missed wins aside, the LFC have only surrendered two
goals in the opening three games.
“Defensively, we’ve been good,” said LFC veteran Andrew Southern.
“But at the end of the day we only scored one goal in three games.
You have to score to win. So we have to bury some chances. We had
three posts last game and then in this game we had breakaways, we’ve
got to put those in.”
The LFC will resume their homestand May 25 and 26 against the Calgary
Dinos and Calgary Cavalry FC U20, respectively, with a pair of points
to their credit.
“We talked about last year at this time where we didn’t have any
points,” said Southern. “We’ve got two ties and one loss. It was
an unfortunate loss, but I think the boys are playing well and playing
well defensively and the morale is really good. We just got to keep
In their season openers in Edmonton, the LFC women’s team was 0-2.
The LFC were blanked 3-0 by the Edmonton Green & Gold Saturday and
shutout 5-0 by Edmonton Northwest United on Sunday. The women’s team
holds their home opener May 25 against Calgary Foothills WFC at 2 p.m.
at the Servus Sports Centre.
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