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Hoops Take Over First Place After 2-1 Home Win

WRITTEN BY: Hannah Holliday
PUBLISHED ON: June 10, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. – There’s no place like home.

After opening their season with four matches on the road, the Lansing United Women earned a victory in their first game at Archer Stadium 2-1 against the Michigan Legends FC.

The United defense cleared off the line twice in the first half.

In the 7th minute Legends forward Madison Hughes knocked the ball out of the hands of  Lansing goalkeeper Grace Kraft, but defender Casey Conine saved the ball from rolling into the open net.

Three minutes later Lansing defender Olivia Trombley saved another potential Legends goal after United left-back Devin Jaqua left Kraft short on a back pass, but Legends forward Jennifer Borawski hit Trombley on the line.

Lexi Pelafas continued her hot scoring streak in the 22nd minute slotting home a cross from Anna Stinson. That ups her total to three goals in two games after scoring both in Fort Wayne on Friday.

“I just had to run off Riko and the other players and they were playing great balls,” Pelafas said. “It’s exciting I’m just a forward I’m doing my job, I’m finishing the opportunities and getting set up with great balls.

To start off the second half Lansing built on their lead when Dani Stephan headed the ball into the goal off of a cross from Madison Duncan in the 48th minute.

“First goal, header goal is pretty nice, “ Stephan said. “I really thought she would have snagged it since their goalie is at the crossbar.”

The Legends Alia Fredrick cut the lead to one in the 51st minute, but the visitors didn’t threaten much after that.

United continued their shooting game as Brittany Tanner entered the game in the 55th minute and had a shot off of a cross from Mackenzie Dawes and Legend’s goalkeeper caught it.

Tanner had another shot in the 78th minute that went high and than another shot in the 85th that was wide but hit the goalpost.

“At some point the opportunities that we are creating are going to start to go in the goal,” head coach Jason Crist. “We’re building play nicely were just not showing it on the scoreboard yet so that parts coming.”

The United women’s team was cheered on by 600 fans for their first home match of the season.

“That’s the hope is that the Lansing community can get behind it, we have a lot of hometown players on the team,” Jason Crist said.

The first place hoops will play Friday, June 15th against Indy Premier FC at 7:00 p.m. at Archer Stadium.