Lansing United moved back into a tie for first in the NPSL’s Midwest Region with a convincing 3-1 win over Detroit City.
United came out tenacious against Detroit. In the first 45 seconds of the game, Steven Owusu opened with a shot on the keeper that unfortunately sailed over the net, but set the tone for the first half.
In the 13th minute, Freddy Gomes crossed the ball into the box to connect with Owusu’s head. Owusu’s header went upper 90 into the back of the net bringing the score to 1-0.
United’s defensive line did a good job of winning 50/50 balls and keeping the ball out of their end.
“Not much got through,” goalkeeper Quinn McAnaney said. “They were great and we were on, a great defensive effort today.”
In the 44th minute of play, Detroit’s David Edwardson ripped a shot from 10 yards out from the 18-yard-box into the top right corner past McAnaney. Despite dominating possession and the shot chart, the score was level 1-1 at the half.
Detroit came out in the second 45 minutes with better possession and pushed up the field, but at the same time left holes that the Hoops capitalized on.
In the 64th minute of play, Liam Madden chipped the ball over the defensive line to Matt Brown who slotted the ball in the middle of the six yard box for Jason Stacy to put in the back of the net, taking a 2-1 lead.
“Browny made a fantastic run up the line, did well to hold up the guys,” Stacy said. “He played a good ball back and no one tracked me right there inside the six and you can’t miss those. Going up 2-1 was huge in the match.”
Detroit’s William Mellors-Blair went down inside the 18-yard box five minutes after Lansing took the lead, but the referee quickly waved away any penalty appeal. It was the last decent chance Detroit had to even the score.
In the 79th minute, Zach Pagani controlled the ball in the center circle and lofted a pass over the top to fellow substitute Matt Rickard. Detroit’s offside trap did not work, allowing Rickard a free run. Rickard calmly slotted the ball to the left of the goalie for the insurance goal in the 3-1 victory.
United dominated possession throughout the game, ending the game holding 57% of the possession over Detroit’s 43%.
“The guys played extremely well,” said head coach/GM Eric Rudland. “We just focused on the process this week and prepared for this match like any other. Obviously the guys came out and performed very well today.”
Lansing will try to extend their unbeaten streak to start the NPSL season when they host Fort Pitt Regiment at the East Lansing Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Photos: Hoffman Photography