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In first-ever matchup, Lansing United fall to DCFC, 1-0

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: May 23, 2014

Lansing United fell to Detroit City FC by a score of 1-0 in a highly anticipated NPSL match on Friday night.

DCFC captain and former Michigan State Spartan Josh Rogers scored the only goal of the match on a penalty kick in the 10th minute. The penalty came following a tackle in the box by United’s Jake VanderLaan.

Rogers put the ball in the left-hand side of the net while United goalkeeper Zach Bennett (Michigan State) dove to the right.

The goal proved to the be one of the lone differences between the two teams in their first-ever meeting.

“I thought it was an even match,” Lansing United head coach Eric Rudland said. “A lot of positives. I was proud of our guys, I think we put in a great performance.”

Lansing only had four shots total in the game while DCFC only had three.

Midfielder Boyzzz Khumalo had United’s best scoring chance of the game in the 19th minute, when he barely missed on a shot from just outside the box.

“I thought we were caught on our heels in a few moments, but in the second half we made a couple of changes and I thought the guys responded well,” Rudland said.

Tempers flared following halftime when seven cards were issued in total. In the 82nd minute, United defender Ben Lamb was issued a yellow card for shoving a DCFC player, and shortly after was handed a straight red, ejecting him from the match.

Matt Brown, who had a hat trick in last Sunday’s home match, had a scoring opportunity late in stoppage time, but his header from near the penalty area went wide of DCFC goalkeeper Bret Mollon.

“I thought we created some fantastic opportunities in the second half and made it a competitive match.”

Lansing United travels to Dearborn, Mich., on Sunday night to take on the Michigan Stars.