By Woodard, Dale on June 11, 2019.
The Lethbriodge Football Club ended a three-game homestand with loss.
Still, though the LFC fell 3-1 to the still-undefeated Edmonton Scottish Angels in Alberta Major Soccer League play Saturday afternoon at the Servus Sports Centre, head coach John D’Agnone said the second half of Saturday’s game was the best he saw from his club during the stretch at home.
When I look back on all three games, that second half we played Saturday might’ve been the best we played in all three games,” said D’Agnone, whose team earned a tied and a win in the homestand and is now 1-3-1 this season. “We didn’t get the result, but we started playing the right way. We adjusted our shape and defended well and we really started to control the ball better.”
The Scottish Angles improve to 3-0-2 and take over second place in the AMSL, five points behind the 5-0-1 Edmonton Northwest United.
We played a good game,” said D’Agnone. “They are a well-coached team and well-organized and we knew it would be tough coming in. We were down a couple of key players from our starting midfield. So we knew it was going to be a tough game.”
Edmonton carried a 1-0 lead into the first half.
“They controlled more of the game in the first half and we were a little bit off in the first half getting adjusted,” said D’Agnone. “They got a goal in the first half off of a corner kick.”
Then came the second half LFC performance that earned a rave review from the coach.
“In the second half we we got things turned around,” said said D’Agnone. “We made a couple of substitutions at the half. At the start of the second half Nikki Furakawa had a pretty amazing individual effort. She won the ball in the air, won the second ball and scored to tie the game up. We had chances to get that second goal and then they scored on a counterattack. At that point we have to make some adjustments and it cost us almost immediately afterwards with their third goal.”
The LFC head on the road for the next two weeks.
They’re in Calgary June 19 to take on Calgary Foothills WFC and are back in Calgary June 22 to face the Calgary Blizzard SC.
Lethbridge’s next home game is June 23 when they host the Calgary Callies at noon at the Servus Sports Centre.
The LFC men were 2-0 on the road last weekend and filled the net in the process.
They downed the St. Albert Impact 3-1 Saturday and wrapped up the northern trek with a 4-1 decision over the Edmonton Scottish Sunday.
With the wins, the LFC moves to 4-3-2 and into sole possession of second place, one point up on the 4-2-1 Calgary Callies and four points behind the Edmonton Green & Gold (6-0-0).
The LFC men are back home for three straight, starting Sunday when the Edmonton U20 pay a visit to the Servus Sports Centre at noon.
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