Photo courtesy of Chris Cowger
PITTSBURGH – Lansing Ignite FC fell 2-0 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in snowy conditions at Highmark Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Steevan dos Santos scored the game-winner for the Riverhounds in the 22nd minute of play, while Nazeem Bartman scored the second goal for the home side in the 66th minute.
Despite the result, LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller was able to learn more about the players and ways to improve the team before the USL League One regular season kicks off later this month.
"Pittsburgh is really tough and defend very well," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "We struggled to impose ourselves in the game and play how we want to. It was good for the group to experience that together, and they will need to work very hard in the coming weeks. We have more fitness objectives to achieve, as well as many technical and tactical areas to improve.
"Today was a rough performance by us, to be sure; there were a lot of obstacles for us to overcome, but we will have those all season, so it was good to feel that."
Now 1-1-0 this preseason, LIFC will take on Davenport University at 1 p.m. ET on March 8 from the Legacy Center in Brighton, Michigan. The match is free to attend.
On March 30, LIFC will begin its League One campaign against the Richmond Kickers in Richmond, Virginia. The team then faces off against Greenville Triumph SC in Greenville, South Carolina, on April 6. Following its two-game road trip, LIFC will return home to prepare for its week-long, home-opening celebration. The team will hold a celebration in downtown Lansing ahead of the team’s first League One match at Cooley Law School Stadium against the Kickers on April 13, and the celebration of soccer in the Michigan capital will continue three days later when LIFC faces off against the Michigan State Spartans in the Capital Cup.