Photo courtesy of Andrew Herner/LIFC
LANSING, Mich. – The point streak continues for Lansing Ignite FC, which secured all three points with a 2–0 victory over Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on Wednesday. This would be Lansing’s sixth straight game recording at least a point, and nine out of its last 10.
Rafa Menztingen, who was hot all night, assisted Tumi Moshobane for the first goal of the game, while Pato Botello-Faz put the final nail in Chattanooga's coffin with a late goal of his own to seal the result.
"Start to finish, the guys were great tonight," assistant coach Joel DeLass said. "The nice thing about it is, obviously we've seen some late goals, so it was nice to see Pato step on and finish, and I think in the back of our guys’ minds, to get three points today and finish out the way we did, it's just a real positive step in the right direction for us."
Lansing came out with its foot on the gas, as Rafa Mentzingen hit the post in the second minute and nearly scored again moments later after an incredible run into the box.
Lansing finally found the back of the net in the 32nd minute, as Mentzingen sent a low cross outside of the 18-yard box, where it was met by Moshobane, who fired it in to the top corner, giving the keeper no chance at a save and Lansing the 1-0 lead.
It was a relatively quiet second half for Lansing goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland and the defensive back line, as they stood tall denying any possible Chattanooga chance.
The final blow came in the 84th minute, as Elma Nfor and Batello-Faz found themselves on a two-v-one break. Nfor fed Batello-Faz in space, where he had no problem beating the keeper to put Lansing up two goals in front of 2,215.
"I think this was probably our biggest crowd on a weeknight, which is great to have," DeLass said. "Traveling in the USL is really hard, in this league especially. It's not just us that's taking points at home, it's everybody, so these are the points we had to have."
With the win, Lansing improves its record to 7-5-9 and is now up to 30 points in the table, which puts the team tied with with South Georgia Tormenta FC.
Lansing will look to get three more points and take all six from the homestand when the team takes on Orlando City B on Saturday night.
TUMI MOSHOBANE: The midfielder scored the first goal of the game, completed 88.6 percent of his passes on the evening and recorded two blocks and one clearance on the defensive end.