South African born midfielder Tyrone Mondi’s first half hat trick led Detroit City Football Club to a 5-2 win over Duluth FC in a National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Midwest Region semi-final on Friday night at Keyworth Stadium.
The youngster was in fine form as he opened the scoring when he took a long ball from Shawn Lawson and slotted his effort past Duluth goalkeeper Tom Greensall.
“As I went in I thought that (the ball) was too far gone,” Mondi was quoted by The Detroit News as saying.
“But I took a chance and managed to squeeze it between his legs.
“The preparation coming into the game was phenomenal. It’s always been a team effort, and I think that’s why I was able to have the game that I did,” Mondi added.
Meanwhile, City coach Ben Pirmann was satisfied with his team’s performance, but was most importantly full of praise for Modi.
“I thought some stuff came easy for us in the first 15 minutes,” Pirmann said.
“It wasn’t easy. We had to work hard to do it, but then we stopped working hard and we’re down 2-1. We do that tomorrow night, our season’s over. We have to make sure we’re dialled in from the opening kick-off.”
“(Mondi)’s special,” Pirmann emphasised.
“The knock on him is that he doesn’t score as much as he should, but he obviously put that to bed tonight. He’s the main guy for us,” he concluded.
Nonetheless, the victory setup a meeting with top seeded club Ann Arbour on Saturday, and Le Rouge were once again victorious thanks to the South African’s efforts. Despite tiring, Mondi showed grit and determination as he grabbed the winner in stoppage time.