Lane United FC Win First Game Ever; 4-0
It was a historical night for Lane United FC, a newly formed soccer club based in Eugene, as it notched it’s first win in team history by beating the Southern Oregon Fuego FC of Medford by a score of 4-0. Three players on the LUFC roster scored in the match with Gus Bermudez coming away with a brace of goals.
The game took place at Sheldon High School and the fan turnout was great, with the stands being about 80-90% full the entire match. It’s also great due to the fact there were three other games taking place in Eugene including a Eugene Emeralds game that had a sellout crowd, an alumni game for Oregon volleyball, and the start of the Oregon women’s soccer season.
Other than it being the first win in LUFC history, the first goal in LUFC’s was also scored in this match. That goal came in the 45th minute when midfielder Loren Hill struck a shot past the Southern Oregon goalkeeper for a goal. The crowd erupted in excitement seeing the first ever LUFC goal, after the team went scoreless earlier in the summer against Portland Timbers U-23 at South Eugene HS in LUFC’s first ever match.
After the game, LUFC head coach Gabriel Hernandez said, “We could take a big deep breath of air and all relax. The victory wasn’t in the bag yet, but it was nice to reward the crowd and the supporters that came out.” Hernandez also stated that is was fitting Hill, a former Sheldon Irish soccer player, would happen to score the first ever goal for LUFC when they happened to play at Sheldon HS.
LUFC kept the momentum from the end of the first half going as they scored early in the second half. Bermudez recorded his first goal in the 54th minute after out-juking the Southern Oregon goalkeeper and passing the ball in the net for an easy score.
Paul Beach, after receiving a yellow card in the 37th minute for a late slide tackle, redeemed himself in the 60th minute when he got a goal after striking the ball on a bounce past the goalkeeper into the left side corner of the net.
Bermudez got his second goal of the match in the 69th minute when he placed a soft touch pass over the goalkeeper has he was charging to make the save which ended up landing right into the back of the net.
This will more than likely be the last match for Lane United FC’s exhibition season leading up to the start of USL PDL play next year. The 2014 PDL regular season will start at the beginning of May, and will run until the end of July which is when playoffs will start with the championship game taking place in early August.
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