LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC put on a show in front of 4,818, a record-breaking crowd for LIFC, at Cooley Law School Stadium, recording a 2-0 victory over Orlando City B on what was a perfect June summer night.
"I'm delighted for the players, the city," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "It was great to see so many people here, great environment. It was a perfect night for football, for Lansing and the players performed really, really well."
It took some time, but in the 51st minute, Nick Moon opened the scoring after a great build up. Following a throw-in into the Orlando box, the ball bounced around before rolling into the feet of Moon, who calmly chipped the ball over the sliding keeper.
"Two wins anywhere is huge for us because we haven’t done it yet," Moon said after the match. "We really needed to come back home for our fans and everyone been supporting us through the rough stretch we were in for a bit. To come back and put on a show and get the wins was huge."
It would be all Lansing after that.
Continuing to apply pressure and create multiple chances, LIFC would add a second in the 68th minute off a free kick. Midfielder Kyle Carr, who had just been subbed on a minute before, sent a beautiful ball to the back post, where defender Kevin Coiffic met it with a perfect volley, giving the keeper no chance.
"It was a great week," Coiffic said. "We have been working really hard. We feel good playing at home and we feel confident. We fight for each other, and we try and defend as much possible to help Stefan [Cleveland], and, we look to continue in the second half of the season.”
Cleveland was stellar once again in the shutout, which was also his second consecutive and third all season. The defensive back line also did its part, not allowing many chances to come Cleveland’s way.
LIFC has its first two-game win streak of the season and is unbeaten in its last three games. With the win, the team now has 20 points in its inaugural League One campaign.
Lansing will look to continue its winning form when the team travels south for a two-game road trip, with games against North Texas SC and Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on the horizon.
MAN OF THE MATCH:
NICK MOON: The dynamic midfielder scored his third goal of the month, his fourth of the USL League One regular season, and completed 74.3 percent of his passes on the night. He also recorded two tackles and one interception on the defensive end.