Doug Miller: “We don’t want to be chasing the game like we did in the second half of last night’s game.” (FrontRowSoccer.com Editor)
For the second time within 24 hours, the Rochester Lancers will play their second consecutive game on the road when they visit the Detroit Waza Flo Saturday at 5:50 p.m.
They will be trying to finish their road trip at a perfect 2-0 and the start of their season at a perfect 4-0. The Lancers defeated the Waza Flo (1-3) in their season opener at home last Saturday, 7-3.
“It’s not going to be an easy game for us playing back to back and travel in-between,” Lancers head coach Doug Miller said during the Kick This! radio show Saturday morning. “Detroit is always a very good team at home and they’re going to make it difficult for us. We’re going to have to make sure we’re switched on from the get-go. We don’t want to be chasing the game like we did in the second half of last night’s game.”
Last night as in Friday night in Muskegon, Mich. as the Lancers overcame a 3-2 halftime deficit to register an impressive 12-6 triumph.
“The first impression that we had, the opportunity to be on the road,” Miller said. “The field was a big field for us and we had to endure a long bus ride. We kind of came out a bit slow. We made some changes at halftime and really had an explosive second half. The guys, they responded after halftime and got a great victory.”
Rochester reeled off seven successive goals to turn this game on its head.
The visitors did not bring the same complement of players as they used in their season-opening wins at the Dome Arena last week. Some players, such as forward Gary Boughton, had other commitments at the United Soccer Coaches convention in Chicago.
So, some of the younger players stepped up. Devonte Black, for example, picked up his first assist in the game.
“Some of the newer guys who had been training with us got their opportunity and added a little bit to the mix,” Miller said. “They still got a long way to go to learn the intricacies of the indoor game. But you have veterans like Enrique, Enrique, Enrique [Luis Hidalgo] and Jake and Jeremy [Ortiz] continue to lead this team. When it got a bit sketchy going into halftime losing 3-2, the team responded and came out and won the second half with a big number.”
Miller used a three-man rotation defense in the final half.
“In the first half we [used] … six men on the field,” he said. “The new guys not understanding when you go off when we have a free kick, what the changes are, and they got confused. in the first half. We changed our tactics. Instead of pressing because the field was so big, we sat back and gave up the ability to run three for two in the back with Jack, Jeremy and Tim [Lazorko] rotating for two spots. They did a great job for us because it settled down the back and gave us the opportunity to counter and to use our space.”