Lansing United has played its best soccer in the second half of matches this season.
Friday night was no different, as goals from Stevenson Storm and Grant Stoneman in the second half propelled United (3-3-4) to a 2-0 victory over the Dayton Dynamo at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.
“The guys responded after a very tough halftime,” United head coach Nate Miller said. “Our pressing was extraordinary and we were in behind them all game long. The second half was very good.”
After starting out the NPSL season with a goal against Dayton, Stoneman provided another LAFCU Man of the Match performance vs. the Dynamo, putting up a goal and an assist.
Miller said the midfielder, who tallied his second goal of the season, is the player who has come up big in big moments for United all summer.
“He’s a quality player,” Miller said. “He’s also our hardest worker and the team follows him in big moments. Overall, Grant was fabulous.”
After a first half that featured many quality scoring chances for both sides, United turned up the tempo to start the second. Lansing got on the board in the 53rd minute when Storm headed in a Stoneman cross for his first goal of the season.
“(Storm) causes so much havoc, he just hasn’t been putting the ball in the back of the net,” Miller said. “The team was encouraging him and we just keep believing in him and he got the game-winning goal. It’s fantastic.”
Stoneman headed in the clincher in the 80th minute off of a Dewey Lewis cross. The goal was Stoneman’s second of the season and the assist was Lewis’ fourth, moving him into second all-time in the stat.
In the 68th minute, Lansing native DeJuan Jones was subbed on for his United debut. The Michigan State forward added two shots in his first match back after an ankle injury and said it was a moment he’s been waiting a long time for.
“It’s a great feeling,” Jones said. “I’ve been wanting to play for Lansing United for a couple of years now so to finally get out there is really nice. It’s cool to have the hometown and home crowd advantage, I really like the support.”
Jimmy Hague made five saves for his second consecutive NPSL shutout while Stoneman led all United players in shots with five.
Lansing takes on Detroit City FC in its next match, which is scheduled for July 10 at noon at Michigan State’s DeMartin Stadium.