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06 / 11

Hoops Beat AFC Ann Arbor 3-2, Stay Undefeated

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: June 11, 2019

 

By Brandon Mostyn

LANSING, Mich. – It was a rainy and gloomy day at the East Lansing Soccer Complex, but that didn’t stop Lansing United from continuing their unbeaten streak Sunday with a 3–2 victory over AFC Ann Arbor.

 

A wet first 30 minutes saw both teams trading possession with no clear chances for either side.

 

In the 31st minute, United started their scoring spree. An Alexis Mitchell free kick just outside the 18-yard box found Dani Stephan in front of her defender, her volley was perfectly executed giving the Ann Arbor keeper no chance for a save.

 

United continued their attack a minute later off a cross from Kaley Buck, who found Tamia Robinson all alone in the box, where she was able to slide the ball past the keeper.

 

Tamia would net her second of the match two minutes later, as Stephan placed a perfect through ball into the box which brought the keeper out of position, leading to an open net and an easy goal for three goals in three minutes.

 

Captain Dani Stephan who recorded and assist and goal, knew that it was going to be a battle for a full 90 minutes, and was proud of the way the team kept fighting.

 

“It helps that we knew that we needed to put this away quickly to seal the deal,” Stephan said. “I think we got to complacent in the second half, which kept us on our toes all game long.  It’s frustrating to give up two late goals. I think we just fell apart a little and we were not really keeping the ball and moving it like we should. But I felt confident from start to finish that we would pull through.”

 

Ann Arbor would get one back after a couple unlucky bounces, when United goal keeper Grace Kraft, tried to clear the ball but it was deflected into the air and fell to Tatiana Mason who headed it into the back of the net.

 

In stoppage time Ann Arbor would add a second but it wasn’t enough as the final whistle blew shortly after.

 

The schedule hasn’t done United any favors. With two games almost every weekend with little rest in between, head coach Jason Crist knows that his team has performed well while fighting through injury and fatigue.

 

“We are tired,” Crist said. “Going Friday and Sunday, we have had several weeks in a row where we are playing two a weekend, and  we are nursing some injuries. So, we are trying to get people rest. The game changed a little bit when we substituted, and I thought Ann Arbor did a good job of surging forward. But overall, I’m super happy with the six points from the week, being top of the table, and the ladies are really giving a lot for the club.”

 

With the win United takes the season series against Ann Arbor, and have yet to drop points this season. Sitting in first place at 6-0-0 with 18 points in the Midwest Conference of the UWS.

 

United will have a much-needed full week of rest before they return home next week on Sunday, June 16, to face the Detroit Sun at 2:00 p.m.