Photo courtesy of Miguel Arcaute/LIFC
BRIGHTON, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC defeated Davenport University’s men’s soccer program 7-0 at the Legacy Center in Brighton, Michigan, on Friday afternoon. Pato Botello-Faz scored two goals, while Selso Saint-Duc, Kevin Coiffic, Nick Moon and two trialists each scored one to lead the team to victory.
"We really wanted to approach the game with the right mindset and not come out soft or a little bit lax, and I think we saw that they did not come out lax," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said after the match. "They came out firing, five goals very quickly. We've been working a lot on our restarts, so we saw some really positive things."
"We wanted to see different guys be hungry in the box and really attack the box," Miller added. "It's something that in our first two games, we felt we left chances on the table a little bit, so that was really good. I was really happy for Pato, who's been building in the preseason, to just get on the score sheet."
Botello-Faz scored the first two goals of the game before 10 minutes had passed, pushing the first one over the goal line in the third minute before netting a powerful header in the ninth.
"I played at a Division II school," Botello-Faz said following the match, "and we also played pro teams, and that's like a championship game for us. You always want to go hard and show yourself and play as hard as you can, so we knew that was going to happen with them, so we talked with the boys before the game and said just make sure we go as hard as we can because they are going to go hard."
Now 2-1-0 in preseason play, LIFC will prepare for its final scheduled preseason friendly against Western Michigan University’s men’s soccer team, which will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, March 15, from the Legacy Center in Brighton.