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05 / 07

Lansing United lose in preseason friendly to Michigan Bucks

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: May 07, 2014

PONTIAC — Lansing United fell to the Michigan Bucks, 2-1, in a friendly on Wednesday afternoon.

It was the second of four scheduled exhibition matches, and the club’s first against a team from the USL Premier Development League. The match took place at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich.

“Today was just about playing against a better side that was going to test us a bit more,” head coach Eric Rudland said.

The Bucks controlled possession throughout much of the game and attacked the United defense and midfield early.

“I was proud of our guys in the first 15 to 20 minutes when they were really taking it to us,” Rudland said. “We held our lines tight and we didn’t give away much easily.”

United were able to defend multiple corners but the Bucks broke through in the 33rd minute. A corner kick initially looked to be turned away but the ball remained in the box long enough for a Bucks player to put it past goalkeeper Alex Ghattas to give Michigan a 1-0 lead.

Lansing United – sporting brand new away kits featuring white shirts and red shorts – countered only 10 minutes later with a brilliant attack that was finished by Tyler Pasher, his second goal of the exhibition portion of the schedule.

James DeCosemo put a through ball to Brian Cunningham, who sent it across the box to an open Pasher for the goal to tie it at one.

“The goal we created was fantastic,” said Rudland, who is also the team’s general manager. “I think you’ll start to see a little bit more of a rhythm from an attacking standpoint.”

The Bucks quickly answered, scoring in the next minute to take a 2-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Following the half, Matt Brown had two quality chances in the box but was unable to convert. United had a few scoring opportunities toward the end of the match but the Bucks did not concede.

In only the second match of the season with limited training time, Rudland is pleased with the way things have gone so far, and is looking to fine tune his club as the start of the NPSL season inches near.

“There are a lot of things we’ll continue to iron out.”