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Dunn’s Late Goal Gives United First Victory of Season

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: May 24, 2015

It seemed as if Lansing United’s scoring drought would extend to a fourth straight match.

But Austin Dunn had other plans.

The man who has featured in more United matches than any other player scored an 89th minute goal to give Lansing a 1-0 win over the Michigan Stars in Pontiac.

“It’s massive,” Dunn said of the club’s first win of the NPSL season. “After a tough tie (against the Indiana Fire), to come back and get a win is huge to start the season off right.”

After Matt Rickard made a 50-yard run to gather the ball in the Stars’ box and win a corner, James DeCosemo floated a ball into Dunn. The defender got a header off that was stopped by Stars goalkeeper Alan Sanchez, but Dunn poked the rebound into the back of the net for the first goal of his United career.

“I’ve been waiting for one like that for a while now,” Dunn said. “I just saw it coming it, got my head on it, and kept it low. The goalie made a nice save. In the follow up, I was a little nervous, but just put it away, touched it away. It felt amazing.”

Dunn’s goal was the result of constant offensive pressure by United (1-1-0) all match. United fired 15 shots, seven of which were on goal, and dominated possession for the majority of the game.

Up until Sunday night, United had not scored a goal in a competitive match in 2015, so club head coach/GM Eric Rudland was relieved to see the ball in the back of the net.

“We wanted to come out and we wanted to press to see if we could get more numbers into the attack, and I thought we did that,” Rudland said. “There was some great mobility, playing and changing in the attack.”

The United attack was spread throughout the entire roster. A total of nine different players had shots, forcing the Stars’ Sanchez to make six saves. DeCosemo and Andrew Hill were threats on United set pieces, while the back line of Freddy Gomes, Ben Lamb, Julian Myers and Dunn was strong defensively.

Goalkeeper Quinn McAnaney made his first NPSL start and recorded four saves in the shutout.

“With our result on Friday, this was a key match for us to get three points in,” Rudland said. “Credit to the guys, we fought. I thought we controlled possession and created a number of decent opportunities.”