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05 / 08

The Hoops Score Half Dozen in Home Opener

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 08, 2018

By Hannah Holliday

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Lansing United started off their season with a record breaking 6 – 1 win over Livonia CIty FC in the first leg match of the Michigan Milk Cup at Archer Stadium.

“I think it’s good probably better than a meaningless friendly so we can actually compete with something,” Head coach Nate Miller said. “It’s a good way to get games in and get guys ready to go for the PDL season.”

At 1:55 Lewis Jones made Lansing history with the fastest goal ever scored in club history. Lewis put the ball in the back of the net after intercepting the ball off a Livonia FC defender’s clear.

Livonia FC held possession in the first 15 minutes of the half, but Lansing forwards DeJuan Jones and LAFCU Man of the Match, Farai Mutatu kept high pressure on Livonia’s back line.

In the 21st minute, Jones took a shot from the top of the box, Livonia’s goalkeeper blocked the shot, but Mutatu followed the rebound with a hard shot to the left of the keeper.

Control of possession transferred to the Hoops as the first half ended with Livonia having zero shots on goal.

TJ Ifaturoti continued the Hoops momentum, scoring a goal in the 41st minute inside the box off of a short rebound from Livonia’s keeper. Lewis Jones followed suit with his second goal of the game in the 45th minute after Alex Ruddock dummied a cross from Mutatu.

Seven boys in blue stepped on the field as subs with fresh legs which continued the momentum after Daniel Wright placed the ball in the corner of the net in the 54th minute after receiving an assist from John Freitag.

In the 61st minute more Lansing United history was made as Mutatu followed the ball in the box securing a 6 goal lead and earning United the most goals they have ever scored in a game. Kosti Moni received United’s first yellow card of the season after the goal celebration in the 61st minute.

“It was great to get a couple goals,” Farai Mutatu said. “Last year didn’t go the way I wanted it but I’m glad it got to start this way.”

After an injury to left back Connor Corrigan, Lansing was forced to play one man down. Livonia’s Khal Suleiman capitalized on the advantage and scored a goal that snuck past United goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia in the 66th minute.

“We knew that was the risk right,” Miller said. “By making substitutions at half time we wanted to see everyone and to make sure we could train the rest of the week without recovering too much.”

The second leg of the Milk Cup match-up for United will be on Livonia FC’s home turf on Tuesday, May 15.

This weekend, United will debut in a PDL home opener against the Michigan Bucks on Saturday, May 12.