After trouncing FC Indiana by 11 goals less than a week ago, Detroit City FC didn't throttle back, coming away with an 8-0 lopsided win against the short-handed visitors in the return leg Friday before 5,451 spectators at Keyworth Stadium.
Le Rouge (3-1, nine points) outscored their National Premier Soccer League foe 19-0 during the two games. FC Indiana (0-6) has yet to fetch a goal in league play this season, being outscored 39-0.
The third straight win keeps DCFC on the heels of AFC Ann Arbor (4-0-1, 13 points), which defeated Grand Rapids FC, 2-0, Friday at Eastern Michigan to remain on top of the Great Lakes Conference Division. DCFC has a game in hand.
Detroit heads into a crucial week, traveling to play FC Columbus on June 8 before hosting Ann AFC Arbor in a rematch June 10. The Mighty Oak defeated Le Rouge, 1-0, on a Martieon Watson goal in stoppage time on May 13.
In Friday's lopsided affair, seven of eight Detroit goals came with FC Indiana playing down a man after their starting goalkeeper Sebatian Uranga was sent off in the 35th minute for handling the ball outside the penalty area.
Stephen Carroll (4'), Shawn Lawson (45') and Rafa Mentzingen (45'+) accounted for the DCFC's first-half goals.
In the second half, Seb Harris (55') converted a penalty kick while Trevor Amann (63' and 82'), Brogan Shrimpton (71') and David Edwardson (73') added to the scoresheet.
"They got the penalty early (in the second half) and they kind of wore down," said DCFC coach Ben Pirmann during the team's postgame livestream. "There were some goods and some bads. Obviously, if you take that all into account, we just have to keep getting better.
"The message now will be, 'That's over.' Now we have four days of practice before a big double weekend on the road and then home to Ann Arbor. We have a big weekend. We have to go for as many points as possible."
Carroll, who also opened the scoring in last Sunday's drubbing, commenced the goal fest by bending a free kick around the FC Indiana wall that squeezed inside the left post.
Uranga's dismissal unleashed DCFC's attack, which had been stuck in neutral after Carroll's early goal
As the first half came to a close, Le Rouge was awarded a corner that Carroll headed down for Lawson to side-foot into the net. The goal was Lawson's team-leading sixth of the season.
On the ensuing kickoff, Lawson chested down a pass before feeding a streaking Mentzingen, who thundered a left-footed strike into the right corner for a 3-0 lead in first-half stoppage time.
In the second half, Harris clinically deposited the penalty kick to the right side came after Lawson was dragged down from behind in the penalty area near the goal line.
"It's really good for us to get 90 minutes in," said Harris, 30, during a postmatch interview on the team's livestream. "It's really good for us to possess the ball and get comfortable with one another.
"The season is pretty new still and we just want to get familiar with each other and get the ball rolling."