Previous matches between Lansing United and Detroit City FC have typically lived up to the hype.
Sunday evening’s at Keyworth Stadium was no different.
Holt native Alec Greene scored his first career United goal and goalkeeper Jimmy Hague made 10 saves to help Lansing (1-2-4) earn a point in a 2-2 draw in Hamtramck.
“It dropped right in front of me and I buried it,” Greene said. “It feels amazing to get my first one, I’m happy it happened.”
Greene’s tying goal came in the 83rd minute and capped off an intense, physical and entertaining matchup that featured many prime scoring opportunities for both teams.
“I would describe it as defiant,” Lansing United head coach Nate Miller said about his team’s performance. “I give a lot of credit to Detroit. I thought they played really well and attacked very well. They were going to come at us and we were prepared for it.”
Detroit (1-2-3) got on the scoreboard first in the 33rd minute when Tommy Catalano beat Hague to his left. The match got chippy following the goal, when three yellow cards were shown in a span of two minutes near halftime.
In need of a goal, United came out attacking to open the second half. After earning a corner kick, James DeCosemo got a foot on a loose ball near the goal to tie the match up at one. It was the Englishman’s second goal of the season.
“I didn’t realize my foot could get that high,” DeCosemo said. “I just tried to stick anything on it to get that first goal.”
DCFC upped the pressure following DeCosemo’s goal, forcing United’s Hague to make several crucial saves, including a leaping stop on Danny Deakin in the 75th minute.
The home team found the back of the net again in the 79th minute when Jeff Adkins put home a rebound to make it 2-1.
A resilient United team fought back, as four minutes later Greene tied it at two with a right-footed strike that beat Detroit keeper Nathan Steinwascher to his right.
“We had to rotate the squad after Friday, so I’m really proud of Alec and James for scrapping tonight,” Miller said.
United will hit the road next Friday to take on AFC Ann Arbor at Holloway Field, with three critical once again up for grabs.
“A draw isn’t a springboard for us anymore,” Miller said. “The next game is huge. It’s midway through the season and we’ve got to start making some noise. For how this game went, I think the spirit of our team shone through.”