Photo courtesy of Miguel Arcaute/LIFC
LANSING, Mich. – On a cold and windy night at Cooley Law School Stadium in front of 1,895 fans, Lansing Ignite FC fought until the final whistle but ultimately fell 2-0 to Toronto FC II.
Ignite FC was held scoreless for the first time all season, but it managed to keep Toronto’s goal keeper busy throughout the match with multiple shots on target.
In the ninth minute, Selso Saint-Duc crossed the ball into the penalty area and found an open Nathan Lewis, who sent a header just wide of the right post.
Alex Bruce had a chance in the 26th minute to level the score, but his chance was denied by the diving Caleb Patterson-Sewell for Toronto.
Twelve minutes later, Tumi Moshobane hit the crossbar with a nearly perfect free kick from distance.
In the 59th minute, Lewis, again, was inches away from tying the game when he chipped Patterson-Sewell, but the ball was cleared off the line by a Toronto defender.
Toronto would add another in the closing minutes off a penalty kick to finish the night off.
This was the first loss at home for LIFC, which is now 2-2-0 on the young USL League One season. Lansing will look to get back in the win column when the team travels to Arizona to face off against FC Tucson for their next match on April 30.
NATHAN LEWIS: The Trinidad and Tobago international caused problems all game long for Toronto FC II. Lewis completed 37 passes on the night, created two chances and nearly scored the opening goal in the first half of play.