RICHMOND, Va. – Lansing Ignite FC overcame a first-half deficit en route to a 2-2 tie against the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium on Saturday evening. The match was the third and final between the two teams in the 2019 USL League One regular season, with LIFC claiming seven points from a possible nine in the series.
Lansing's Ricky Lopez-Espin and Brandon Fricke scored the goals for LIFC, while Dennis Chin and Daniel Jackson scored for the home side.
Richmond's Chin netted the only goal of the first half in the 32nd minute, but LIFC came out of the break firing, creating chance after chance until Lopez-Espin scored in the 58th minute. Rafa Mentzingen stole possession from Richmond in the attacking half and turned towards goal to attack before finding Lopez-Espin at the top of the box. The forward quickly fired a shot, which was deflected before eventually reaching the back of the net.
Ignite FC did not stop attacking, though, and 12 minutes later, the team was rewarded for its effort with another goal. Team captain Fricke tapped in the second goal from close range after Kevin Coiffic headed the ball across the box following a great delivery from a corner kick by Tumi Moshobane.
After hanging on to the lead for more than 20 minutes, Richmond's Jackson scored in stoppage time to save the Kickers from yet another defeat against LIFC.
With the result, LIFC is 2-3-1 in USL League One play, and 3-3-1 overall this campaign. The team will now turn its focus to a midweek match against AFC Ann Arbor in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET from Cooley Law School Stadium on May 8 (BUY TICKETS).
NICK MOON: The midfielder created numerous scoring chances in the first half, even hitting the crossbar with one of his shots. However, he also did well on the defensive end, recording five tackles, two interceptions, one clearance and one blocked shot.