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Lansing United Opens 2019 Season with a 2-1 Win over GRFC

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

 

By BRANDON MOSTYN

 

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing United kicked off their 2019 season with a  2–1 victory over Grand Rapids FC.

Through beautiful passing and dominating possession, United scored the first goal of their campaign in the 22nd minute, when Kasey Jamieson sent a lofted cross into the box where it found the head of Aubrey Schierbeek who put it pass the keeper.

The two would link up once again, this time in the 38th minute. After a great buildup of passing, a through ball from Jamieson found an unmarked Schierbeek all alone in the middle of the box who put it into the bottom left corner. This broke the deadlock between the two teams and would give United the victory.

Schierbeek says this performance gives the team a good idea of what they are capable of going forward this season.

“It was a really hard draw for our first game,” Schierbeek said. “It gives us a really good example of what the speed of play is and allows us to come out and play our best. If you want to be the best, you got to beat the best.”

United’s defense was tested throughout, but goal keeper Madison Clem stood tall giving up the only Grand Rapids goal, when United was down to 10 players on the field, due to an injury to Dani Stephan who was being treated on the sideline.

“Grand Rapids did a good job transitioning on us,” Schierbeek said. “They had some good looks, and we were lucky that we came out on the scrambles and were able to clear them out.”

This is the second straight year United opened the season against Grand Rapids, and the first time the two teams have met since the Midwest Regional Championship game last year.

Head coach Jason Crist was happy with the way his team performed, despite a tough opponent, and only one training session during the week due to bad weather.

“I’m starting to think the schedule is fixed,’ Crist said. “Being the second straight year playing them out of the chute. Grand Rapids is a really good team, but we are gritty, and we knew that was the type of performance we knew were going to need to night to win.”

United captain Dani Stephan knows it’s a long season and the team can learn a lot form this game to improve moving forward.

“It felt good to be back,” Stephan said.  “For our first game back together, I think we moved the ball pretty well, we have always had a great chemistry. We still have a lot to work on, but as the season goes on and we build off this performance, we will be a totally different team by the end of the season.”

United’s next match will be next Friday May 17, when they travel to take on the Detroit Sun.