Lansing United welcomed the Indy Eleven NPSL to the East Lansing Soccer Complex and dominated the first 30 minutes of play en route to a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon. The match, which was treated as a friendly and does not count toward the team’s NPSL record, featured the most combined goals of any United match in club history.
Lansing scored in the first minute when Danny Cawley fed a ball in behind Indy’s defense to find LAFCU Man of the Match Jake Prud’homme, who put it away. Not even a minute later, Josh Horne headed the ball into the net off of a corner taken by Andrew Hill to put United up 2-0.
United continued to pressure heavily up front and it resulted in another goal when James DeCosemo slid right through two defenders and slotted the ball home in the 11th minute to continue his goal streak.
In the 31st minute, DeCosemo passed the ball to Cawley who scored after beating a defender and hitting his shot at the near post.
“The confidence in the movement with Danny and James was superb,” United head coach Nate Miller said.
With a more than comfortable lead, United fell back as the Indy Eleven’s Diego Lopez and Jared Bleah each got goals within four minutes of each other toward the end of the first half.
Goalkeeper Josh Flamme made his season debut during the second half and was tested in the 49th minute when Indy’s Evan Smith knocked a shot in.
The rest of play was divided equally between both teams, as Lansing fought hard to keep the lead.
“Our finishing has to improve, guys need to not be afraid to fail in the box,” Miller said. “I think you can learn from games like this, when you don’t feel the pressure of the game, you really play freely and express yourself.”
United will continue their NPSL schedule this Friday, July 1, at the East Lansing Soccer Complex as they welcome the Dayton Dynamo.
“Our guys are in a great mood, training last week was incredible,” Miller said. “We’re ready to go for all nine points, taking it one game as it goes. We are treating Dayton like a cup final and we’re going to go after it.”