United drops 2-1 game to the Gunners
Staff photo by Jordan Maxwell... A player from Portage United battles against a forward from the Gunner FC at Republic Park on Saturday. United lost 2-1 to the Gunners from Winnipeg
Portage United took to the field for their second game of the season against Gunners FC on Saturday at Republic Park and came up short in a 2-1 loss.
United (1-1) couldn't take advantage of some key opportunities late to give them the tie but fought valiantly despite the loss in Manitoba Major Soccer League fourth division play.
"I felt like we had enough chances to tie the game up despite the mistakes we made," said Ian Benson, head coach for the United.
"Things didn't go the way we wanted them to but you can't blame individual players because it's a team game.
"I felt like we had enough chances to tie the game up despite the mistakes we made."
United started the game strong as they looked for their opportunity to strike. However, it was the Gunners who shot the first goal of the game in the first half.
United were able to get a goal of their own on a broken play to tie the game at one before the Gunners struck again after a costly mistake by the goaltender, who was too far out of net.
The Gunners had a chance to seal the game on a penalty shot, which was caused when United's goaltender tripped up a Gunners forward while on the breakaway. United's goalie received a red card for the trip.
With a replacement goalie in net, the Gunners stepped up for a penalty shot but were denied, leaving the game at 2-1.
Still, that's how it would finish on this afternoon as the Gunners defeated United by that score.
"We would have expected to better on our own field but that didn't happen. We switched things around up front and with any given position in a team game, that kind of understanding comes from playing together. They just weren't in tune with one another but that'll come with more games," said Benson.
Tanner Nicoll, a player for the United squad, said he felt the team played well but couldn't capitalize on a few of their scoring chances, especially late in the game.
Nicoll also said that United just needs to get some practice time in to be ready for their next game.
"I thought we were good tonight but we had a few tough bounces. We need to knock some of the rust off in practice and keep it going," he said.
United will face-off against the Fusion FC from Kildonan on May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Vince Leah Community Centre.
United defeated Winnipeg FC, the other team to come up from fifth division, 1-0 last weekend to open the campaign.