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5 United Women Score in Victory Over Indy Premier SC

WRITTEN BY: Hannah Holliday
PUBLISHED ON: June 01, 2018

Within 18 seconds of play, Lansing United’s Anna Stinson scored the fastest goal in both United women and men’s history against Indy Premier SC at Marian University. Riko Sagara fed a fast moving through ball past two Indy defenders and right onto Stinson’s foot who aimed for the top right corner of the net. Indy goalkeeper Kaitlyn Hicks couldn’t get the save.

“I think we just wanted to get going right off the start of the game,” Stinson said. “Riko just played an amazing ball, I know every time Riko gets the ball she’s going to do something good with it.”

The first goal was only the beginning of a Lansing 5-1 victory over Indy Premier SC.

Indy counterattacked in the 8th minute when Indy forward Mikayla Brown tied the game with a shot that went just left of United goalkeeper Sarah Maracani.

Maracani went on to have several strong saves in the first half especially in the 15th minute when she dived on the ball after an Indy breakaway shot.

Lansing broke the tie in the 43rd minute when Olivia Trombley headed the ball high past Indy’s goalkeeper off of a corner taken by Sagara, her second assist of the game. Trombley earned her second career goal of the season after scoring on a similar play in Lansing’s match against Grand Rapids FC.

“Olivia is just deadly in the air,” head coach Jason Crist said. “We have some girls who can really put the ball in the dime and they found her. I expect she’s going to score a few more.”

Overall, Lansing ended the first half with a 2-1 lead over Indy.

“The goal we gave up was disappointing,” Crist said. “Once we got our feet underneath us we started to play better and the second half was much improved. The girls did a great job of implementing what we talked about.”

Starting the second half strong, Lexi Pelafas found Erin Doster running into the box in the 50th minute and Doster’s shot flew over the Hicks’ head. Doster earns her second career goal after scoring against Genesee FC in week two.

Not even three minutes later and midfielder Alexis Mitchell finds the back of the net for a fourth Lansing goal after firing a scorcher from 20 yards out. Indy’s goalkeeper was off her line after just making a save and punching the ball out. Mitchell picked up her head and chipped the ball over the top of the goalkeeper’s head into the back post.

“That’s one of those plays where you’re happy to see that your midfielder is that aware,” Crist said. “Just a really clever play something you would expect from a center mid.”

The game ended with a goal from Abagail Gilmore during stoppage time that sailed over Indy’s keepers head from the top of the box, securing Lansing a strong 5-1 victory over Indy Premier SC and earning them 3 more points for the season.

United remains unbeaten this season and will finish off their road game streak with a match against the Fort Wayne Gryphons at 7:00 p.m. at Warrior Field in Fort Wayne, Ind.