MATCH RECAP: North Texas SC 2, Lansing Ignite FC 2 | 5.18.19

North Texas SC earns its first draw with a dramatic late comeback to remain only unbeaten team in USL League One

  • Ricardo Pepi scores his fifth goal of the season in his return from international duty
  • Cesar Murillo makes first start for the club
  • North Texas SC returns to Toyota Stadium to take on Forward Madison FC on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 PM.

Lansing, Mich. - North Texas earns its first-ever draw with a dramatic late comeback away against Lansing Ignite FC with goals from Ricardo Pepi and Arturo Rodriguez.

Game Summary

First Half:

  • 11’ David Rodriguez nearly opened the scoring for North Texas with a left-footed volley after Oscar Romero found his run in the box.
  • 29’ – David Rodriguez had another sight of goal but his shot sailed over the bar.
  • 35’ Carlos Avilez made a huge 1v1 save against Lansing’s Selso Saint-Duc to keep the score 0-0.

Second Half:

  • 54’ – Rafa Mentzingen opened the scoring for Lansing with a header from a corner kick.
  • 65’ – Alex Bruce doubled Lansing’s lead with a right-footed shot from inside the box passed an on-rushing Carlos Avilez.
  • 73’ – Carlos Avilez made a crucial 1v1 save to deny Lansing its third goal and keep North Texas in the game.
  • 83’ – Substitute Ricardo Pepi halved the deficit for North Texas with a spectacular free kick into the top corner to score his fifth goal of the season.
  • 87’ – Arturo Rodriguez levelled the game after receiving the ball from Imanol Almaguer on the edge of the box and squeezing a shot in between two defenders and into the near post.
  • 90’ Bicou Bissainthe nearly won the game late on for North Texas but his header went just wide of the post.


North Texas — Carlos Avilez; Kevin Bonilla, Alfusainey Jatta, Cesar Murillo (Ronaldo Damus); Imanol Almaguer; Tanner Tessmann, Gibran Rayo, David Rodriguez (Ricardo Pepi); Arturo Rodriguez, Johan Gomez; Oscar Romero (Bicou Bissainthe).

Substitutes not used — Zach Schawl, Hector Montalvo

Lansing Ignite — Stefan Cleveland; Grant Stoneman, Kevin Coiffic, Grant Lillard; Marshall Hollingsworth, Nick Moon, Ivo Cerda, Kyle Carr (Rafa Mentzingen), Selso Saint-Duc (Christian Silva), Xavier Gomez, Alex Bruce.

Substitutes not used — Mike Kirk, Brandon Fricke, Rhys Williams

Scoring Summary:

Lansing: Rafa Mentzingen – 53’
Lansing: Alex Bruce – 65’
North Texas: Ricardo Pepi – 83’
North Texas: Arturo Rodriguez – 87’

Misconduct Summary:
North Texas: Tanner Tessmann (caution) – 35’
North Texas: Alfusainey Jatta (caution) – 51’
Lansing: Rafa Mentzingen (caution) – 56’
Lansing: Selso Saint-Duc (caution) – 72’
North Texas: Imanol Almaguer (caution) – 89’
Lansing: Grant Stoneman (caution) – 89’
North Texas: Arturo Rodriguez (caution) – 90’
Lansing: Alex Bruce (ejection) – postgame

Weather: Sunny, 77

Referee: Calin Radoav
Assistant Referees: Noah Matos, Ehsan Vazidehkartehrani
4th Official: Brett Willner