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05 / 28

Hoops Earn Draw With A Pair Of Second Half Goals

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 28, 2021

By Callum McIntosh

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing United battled Midwest United FC in an exciting match Friday night. The Hoops posed an impressive second half comeback that fell just short of the promise land and ended in a 2-2 draw, moving them to 0-3-1 on the year, and pushing Midwest United to 3-0-1.

The Hoops went on the attack early in the game, posting three scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes, including strong shots from Alexis Mitchell in the 10th minute and Camryn Evans in the 11th.

On the opposite end of the field, their defense proved strong against the Midwest front, shutting down several attacks, and helping to maintain possession for a good portion of the first half.

However, Midwest United’s Martha Corby found the back of the net in the 27th minute off an Avery Lockwood assist, jumping out to a 1-0 lead.

Lockwood went on to put in one of her own late in the first half to send Midwest into the break ahead 2-0.

The Hoops opened the second half with the same sense of control as the first and continuing the impressive defensive effort behind Madison Clem’s excellent work in goal after she shut down an early second half scoring attempt.

Through several pushes down field, the Hoops were able to put in two unanswered goals within 5 minutes. One by Alexis Mitchell in the 69th off an Alex Thomas cross, and Anna Stinson was able to put another away off a rebound in the 74th, to even the score at two apiece.

The Hoops were very close to finishing the comeback in stoppage time late in the game but were unsuccessful.

The game proved to be an impressive turn around from their game earlier this week and showed flashes of the team they’re striving to be.

“We played about 80% of a complete match today. Controlled the first 30 minutes but were unable to get anything out of it, gave up a goal and it kind of deflated us,” Coach Jason Crist said after the match. “Second half we readjusted and changed tactics a little bit and I thought the girls responded really, really well and played a much better second half.”

The Hoops captain, Anna Stinson added that the team is on the uptrend as far as figuring their game plan out.

“At halftime we had a big talk about who we are as a team, and we came out and showed who we are and tried to take over the game that way. We were able to score a couple goals out of it too,” she said. “I think we’ve been working towards trying to find our team this year. We have a lot of different personnel and we found a way to make it click today.”

The Hoops are looking forward to continuing this up hill trend in their next game June 4th on the road against the Chicago Mustangs.