Photo courtesy of Aaron Cranford/Lansing Ignite FC
LANSING, Mich. – On a beautiful Saturday evening, 3,285 fans witnessed Lansing Ignite FC record another important victory with a 3-0 result over Orlando City B at Cooley Law School Stadium.
Tumi Moshobane, Elma Nfor and Rafa Mentzingen have been in impressive form in recent weeks and each scored a goal in the victory for LIFC, which now sits in second place in the USL League One standings.
"It was a wonderful performance for the players, can’t say enough about them and the work they've been putting in," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "They created a ton of chances, and we're playing how we really want to play. The guys, they all worked Orlando today, which was just the most important thing. The rhythm of the game was similar to Chattanooga in the first half, credit to the guys. When we weren't scoring in the second half as we’d liked to, we managed to get that third, which we were pushing for. Really happy for the performance."
LIFC jumped in front with an early goal in the 8th minute, which would set up for an unforgettable performance by Moshobane. A tackle from Xavier Gomez to the midfielder forced Orlando’s goalkeeper Juliano Chade to come off his line, placing him and Moshobane in a one-on-one duel, in which Moshobane dribbled around Chade to score his fifth goal of the regular season.
A deflection off Orlando in the 14th minute set up another opportunity for Moshobane to shine, as he sent an impressive corner kick straight to Elma Nfor, who came through with a header to give LIFC a 2-0 lead.
"I just continue working hard," Nfor said. "I'm surrounded by very talented players. Every day’s a grind, every day is a battle, and just learning from each of them, and to be able to get on the field and show what I have and what I can give to the team is an absolute honor."
Despite the lead, LIFC kept pushing for a third goal. After pressuring the opposing side and maintaining majority possession throughout the second half, LIFC recorded its third and final goal in the 85th minute, with Rafa Mentzingen firing in a shot following an assist from Kyle Carr.
With three points added to the board, LIFC glides past South Georgia Tormenta FC and into second place in League One standings. The team has 33 points and sits just one point behind frontrunner North Texas SC. LIFC will face off against Orlando City B on Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET from Montverde Academy.
"I think we’re trending the right direction," Miller said. "There's gonna be other pressure-packed moments, and I think our team is in a place now that they're ready for that challenge."
TUMI MOSHOBANE: The talented midfielder scored the team's first goal, completed 80 percent of his passes and created an astonishing seven scoring chances throughout the match.