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Weekend Preview: Vital points available at home Friday

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: June 23, 2016

After playing to a scoreless draw with Kalamazoo FC on May 15, Lansing United will aim to snag all three points in a Great Lakes West rematch Friday at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

United’s match in May against KFC was only their second of the NPSL season, which gave head coach Nate Miller more time to evaluate both sides ahead of Friday’s contest.

“We’ve had a match, so there is 90 minutes of history, but we’ve seen them play a lot more,” Miller said. “Anytime there is more information and knowledge on a team that can change a bit. We still believe the game is more about what we do.”

Lansing has scored six goals in its past three matches (including the friendly vs. Crew College Program) with a number of different players chipping in.

James DeCosemo has found the back of the net twice in the past three games. Alec Greene scored in the friendly against Columbus and nabbed his first career NPSL goal against Detroit, as did Lukas Muszong against Ann Arbor. Danny Cawley, who is back in the lineup after an injury, tallied a goal against the Crew for his first in a Lansing uniform since late May.

“Some guys are stepping up with goals,” Miller said. “Guys like Alec (Greene) and Danny (Cawley) are finding their goal scoring form. At the same time, you have to focus on all of the details when changing your mindset to attacking more.”

With 12 league points still up for grabs, Miller and his coaching staff once again will be challenging players to step up. Despite recent results, morale within the team is high, with Miller calling Tuesday’s training session the best of the season.

Three points against Kalamazoo – and a strong home match Sunday in a friendly against the Indy Eleven NPSL – will keep as the club enters the home stretch of the season.

“They’re fighters and understand how close every match has been,” Miller said. “These guys just keep going at it, they’re good teammates and we’re as motivated as ever to go out and get every single one of those remaining points.”