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The Hoops Fall Just Short For Second Loss This Season

WRITTEN BY: Sidney Binger
PUBLISHED ON: June 29, 2018

East Lansing, Mich. – With a tough match against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions, Lansing United is handed only their second loss of the season, 0-1.

“Yeah, it’s the first time we haven’t scored this year, so it doesn’t feel good today. I don’t think we deserved to win in honesty. We just didn’t have a lot of high effort performers today. It’s really disappointing I thought you know we had so many clear-cut chances in the first half and a couple of good runs at the goal keeper. We just didn’t perform well enough to get the win,” said Head Coach Nate Miller.

The first half started off slow for both the Hoops and the Dutch Lions as the sun rolled down.

The first scoring opportunity came from DeJuan Jones who got ahead of the Dutch Lions defense. Jones was tripped inside the box, but there was no call made.

In the 16th minute, Anthony Mwembia makes the first of many great saves tonight off a shot fired from close range.

The Hoops defense had a lot coming at them but did not come up short as Bay Krutz and Nick Strack deflect shots from Cincinnati.

DeJuan Jones was able to get inside the box on back-to-back shots. Both were deflected by the goalie out of bounds.

Just before the end of the half the Dutch Lions Connor sneaks a goal to put them up 1-0.

“You know I think it was offsides. I mean it was a complicated goal for the linesman to call, but it was very scruffy, but I think they put us under pressure at times this game. It’s disappointing because if we had played with the amount of passion like in the last fifteen minutes we would have won the match,” said Miller. “It’s disappointing to see that because we have such a good group that really fights for each other and today we lacked a lot of initiative and energy.”

Entering into the second half two substitutions were made as Sammy Conti and Lewis Jones entered the game.

Two yellow cards were quickly issued to two of Lansing United’s players, Michael Pimlott and Kyle Carr.

Cincinnati put another ball into the back of the net, but the refs waved it off due to an offsides call in the 53rd minute.

Mwembia comes up with a pair of saves to stop the Dutch Lions advantage late in the 54th minute.

An additional five minutes were added for extra time. Within the first few moments Kyle Carr stepped out of the game to be checked for an injury before returning.

In extra time Lansing United was unable to score and fell just short to Cincinnati.

“Yeah of course the pressure is on a little bit now. it’s a tough league so everyone’s good, everyone defends really well. They did a lot to frustrate us today and do a nice job with it, but I think it was more on us. We just didn’t break their lines like we know how to. The last three games it all comes down to that,” said Miller.

The Hoops will return back home in East Lansing on Saturday, July 7th to take on the Derby City Rovers at 7 p.m.