LANSING, Mich. – A fast-paced, action-packed match saw both Lansing Ignite FC and FC Tucson take home a point in a 2-2 draw in front of 4,348 fans at Cooley Law School Stadium on Saturday night.
Tumi Moshonane was the difference-maker for LIFC tonight, as he would score both goals. His first came in the 26th minute, as he stepped up to convert the first penalty kick in LIFC history with a beautiful bending shot, giving the keeper no chance.
"Tumi played an outstanding game," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "He hasn't scored in a while, and he showed a lot of confidence to take it on from the spot and bury it. The guy has a big heart and plays really hard."
But these two teams battled all night long, as Tucson evened the score in the 34th minute after a turnover in the midfield gave the away side a fast break, and Ramone Howell was one on one with Stefan Clelvand and converted.
Lansing was on the attack right from the start of the second half, as Moshobane netted his second goal of the game after a pass from Rafa Mentzingen was met with the left foot for another spectacular curling shot around the keeper into the back of the net in the 49th minute.
The lead would not last long, however, after Tucson was awarded a penalty kick in the 52nd minute after a questionable call and subsequent yellow card was shown to Rhys Williams for a hand ball in the box. Cleveland guessed the right way, but was unable to get a hand on it.
The opportunities were there for Lansing, but they were not able to get that final touch to give them all three points.
"We are going to keep fighting, and we are going to make the playoffs," Miller said. "I like what our guys did. We weren’t perfect and didn’t do everything great, but the guys want it so bad, and they are working really hard to get there."
LIFC will look to continue its point streak when the team hits the road with matches against Toronto FC II and South Georgia Tormenta FC over the next two weeks.
MAN OF THE MATCH:
TUMI MOSHOBANE: The midfielder scored both goals for Lansing on Saturday, netting the club's first penalty and scoring a jaw-dropping curler.