WESTFIELD, Ind. – Lansing Ignite FC started the 2019 preseason off strong, earning a 2-1 victory against the USL Championship's Indy Eleven from Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana, on Wednesday.
After being taken down in the penalty area, Steeve "Selso" Saint-Duc scored the first goal of the match from the penalty spot in the 21st minute. Indy netted the equalizer via a corner kick in the 68th minute, but 10 minutes later, an LIFC trialist scored the game-winning goal, heading in the ball from point-blank range via a corner kick.
"The biggest thing I liked was the mentality and approach and how aggressive our guys were," Head Coach Nate Miller said following the match. "They attacked the game first, and that's what we want to be – a very aggressive team."
Despite having just one week of practice as a group prior to Wednesday's match, a number of the players impressed the LIFC coaching staff.
"Selso played a position he's not usually accustomed to just because of the player personnel we have right now, and I thought he was very good," Miller said.
"I thought Tumi was phenomenal, and I thought other guys who are learning new positions were really good – guys like Nick Moon. X(avier), who is coming back from injury, had a really good 45 minutes, but really, it was a whole team effort. You don't beat a team with the quality that Indy has without guys making little plays everywhere, all the time."
Miller added there's much to build on following this match, and the team will have that opportunity on Sunday, when LIFC travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to play Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. The match kicks off at 12 p.m. ET from Highmark Stadium and is free to attend.