Las Vegas Lights continue losing streak

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Alex Rando (35) makes a goalie kick during the Lights FC match against LA Galaxy II on Friday Oct. 8, 2021. Photo by Lucas Peltier // LV Lights FC

The Las Vegas Lights hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy II at Cashman Field on Oct. 8 and fell short 0-1.

Within the first seven minutes of the game, midfielder Jorge Hernandez shot from the center of the box to give Galaxy the lead. The Lights couldn’t find a way to score a goal throughout the match. 

After the first goal, the Lights became defensively more aggressive with three blocked shots and four goalkeeper saves. Galaxy also became aggressive defensively with three blocked shots and six goalkeeper saves. 

The Lights managed to intercept six passes and 15 tackles while Galaxy had 15 pass interceptions and 18 tackles. 

In the first half of the game, the Lights offensively came out more aggressively with six shot attempts from inside the box, whereas in the second half, they had only one shot attempt. Galaxy shot seven times from inside the box in the first half and four shots inside the box in the second half.

The first half was much slower than the first half with both teams struggling with chances. In the final minutes, Bruce El-Mesmari nearly equalizes to steal a point of rht Lights, but Galaxy keeper Justin Vom Steeg managed to keep it out. 

Despite the loss, Las Vegas held possession of the ball the most throughout the game, but they played more of a passing game than Los Angeles. The Lights trailed behind with 15 shots (six on goal), while Galaxy had 16 shots (five on goal). 

The aggressive plays between both teams showed with Galaxy ending the night with 13 fouls and one yellow card, while the Lights had five fouls and one yellow card. 

The Las Vegas Lights are currently the eighth seed in the Pacific West Conference while the Los Angeles Galaxy II is ranked no. 4. The Lights’ current record is 5-4-20 compared with Galaxy’s record of 10-5-12. 

The Las Vegas Lights will be hitting the road to play Tacoma Defiance, ranked no. 7, on Oct. 13 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. with a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

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