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North Texas SC defeats Lansing Ignite FC 3-1

Ronaldo Damus can not stop scoring goals for NTSC.

North Texas SC defeated Lansing Ignite FC 3-1 at home in Toyota Stadium with Ronaldo Damus scoring yet another goal. He now has nine goals in eleven appearances and leads the USL League One goal-leaders chart. This was the 13th game for NTSC in their 28 game season and the second meeting between thee two sides where NTSC came from behind to make up a two-goal deficit to tie the match 2-2.

This match was scheduled for a 7:00 pm kick-off, but because of a rain delay it did not start until after 8:00.

Lineup:

This was Cristian Colman’s second appearance and start for NTSC after returning from his ACL tear. Callum Montgomery got the chance to start this match, and it was a good match for Montgomery, who scored his first professional goal.

The Match:

In the 14th minute, Cristian Colman found Ronaldo Damus, who pulled a shot wide.

In the 37th minute, Damus had another decent chance. A long pass by Imanol Almaguer went over Damus’ defender, and Damus headed the ball first time, but his header went wide.

Lansing nearly scored in the forty-fourth minute when Brecc Evans had a bad giveaway trying to switch the ball right in front of his own goal. Kyle Zobeck bailed Evans out, though, by making an excellent foot save on the shot by Tumi Moshobane.

In the fifty-sixth minute Callum Montgomery found his goal. Arturo Rodriguez crossed a free kick into the box, and a deflected header by Damus bounced off the post and fell to Montgomery who headed it home.

NTSC doubled the lead in the seventy-first minute. Arturo Rodriguez played the ball to the fifteen-year-old Jonathan Gomez in space. Gomez played it back to Rodriguez at the top of the box, and Rodriguez scored his third goal of the season with a low shot to the far post.

Just a couple minutes later, Jonathan Gomez got another assist, playing the ball to a just-barely onside Damus who finished his opportunity.

Pato Botello-Faz scored in the eighty-third minute for Lansing, but it proved not enough to spark a comeback.

Notes:

  • Bicou Bissainthe did not play in this match because he was with Haiti. He subbed into Haiti’s match against Canada in Haiti’s historic win that has them in the semifinals of the Gold Cup, where they will face Mexico.
  • NTSC leads the league standings by four points with twenty-nine points in thirteen games.
  • Here is an updated chart of the NTSC goals and assists thus far this season:

The next match for NTSC will be at home on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 8:45 pm CT against Greenville Triumph SC following FC Dallas’ friendly against Club Tijuana.