Lansing United suffered its first defeat of the NPSL season Sunday, falling to the Michigan Stars on the road, 1-0.
United dominated the majority of the match, holding most of the possession and registering a total of 18 shots, but could not find the back of the net.
“What I told the guys in the postgame huddle was that in the first half we dominated but we had to be ruthless,” Lansing head coach Nate Miller said. “Sometimes, on surfaces like this, it’s a roll of the dice.”
The team impressed early in the first half, firing eight shots through the first 22 minutes of play, including a rebound opportunity by Brad Centala that hit the post. Shortly after, one of Danny Brandt’s five shots sailed just high of the bar and Stevenson Storm had a chance at goal in the following seconds. In the 40th minute, Alec Greene nearly scored his first career United goal, forcing Stars keeper Eliott Tarney to make a diving stop.
Lansing came out in control in the second half but a 58th minute header off a corner by Michael Lamb gave the Stars a 1-0 lead in what was one of their only solid chances all match.
“I thought our defending was very, very good,” Miller said. “It was just one lapse of concentration and communication on a set play.”
United spent the rest of the half in search of an equalizer. The club’s best chances came in stoppage time, where James DeCosemo’s header was stopped by Tarney and then went off the post. It fell to the feet of the United keeper, Johannes Sterobo, who took a shot that was deflected out after rushing into the box from the opposing side of the field.
Brandt led all players with five shots in the match. Sterobo made five saves while nine different United players had an attempt on goal.
“We don’t get too high after a win or too low after a loss,” Miller said. “I thought our guys’ fight and ability to create chances on this field was very good.”