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Hoops Fall To GRFC in UWS Midwest Regional Semifinal

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: July 12, 2019

By: Brandon Mostyn

LANSING, Mich. – It was not Lansing United’s night as they fell to Grand Rapid FC, 3-1 in the UWS Midwest semifinal on Thursday night.

 

Grand Rapids would strike first in the 14th minute after an initial clearance off the United line fell to GRFC’s Miku Sunagu who put it past United keeper Madison Clem.

 

10 minutes later, GRFC added a second. After a cross into the box took a funny bounce over the out stretched leg of Clem who was off her line and unable to recover.

 

Lansing would apply pressure all night trying to get back into the match and equalize.

 

Aubrey Schierbeek would have an opportunity to get one back in the 38th minute, as she was able to split two defenders and rifle a shot on goal only to be denied by a diving Grand Rapids keeper.

 

Olivia Trombley and United thought they had scored in stoppage time of the first half, as an Alexis Mitchell corner was sent into the box and met with a Trombley header, but a foul was called for making contact with the goalie.

 

Lansing would come out firing in the second half as Kasey Jamieson would be denied by the crossbar after a cross into the box was headed forward by Trombley but United couldn’t capitalize.

 

Grand Rapids would add a third in the 52nd minute despite Clem getting her fingertips to it, to add to the deficit.

 

But United had no quit.

 

Dani Stephen would get the crowd back into the game after a beautiful free kick in the 58th minute where she bent the ball around the wall giving the keeper no chance for a save.

 

However, the comeback was not to be. As the final whistle blew and United eliminated from playoff contention.

 

Although the end result was not what head coach Jason Crist was hoping for, he is proud of the way his team battled all season and what they accomplished together.

 

“They are great group of individuals,” Crist said. “Our goal here is always the same. We’re trying to bring them here and make them better for their fall. Along the way we were able to win a bunch of games, won the regular season for the second year in a row so there is a lot of positives to take away from this season. It was a tough summer with all the injuries we faced and I’m really proud of how we bared down and produce the results we did. It’s very much a family here. It makes it a fun place to play and the girls pick up on that which is why so many girls want to play here.”

Despite the lost, Lansing finishes off a wonderful season where they went 8-1-1.

 

“It was a tough one,” defender Athena Biondi said. “We had so many injuries and people in out of the roster it’s hard to keep the chemistry we had. I really think we gave it everything we had, and I know we never gave up and I don’t doubt that for one second  From the first whistle to the last, I’m proud to be on this team and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”