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06 / 03

Lansing United Remains Undefeated with 1 – 1 Draw in Cincinnati Rematch

WRITTEN BY: Tori Twining
PUBLISHED ON: June 03, 2018

East Lansing, Mich. – Kosti Moni likes playing against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions.

An 83rd minute free kick goal by the Hoops forward salvaged a point in a 1 – 1 draw at Archer Stadium Sunday afternoon, two weeks after his goal was the difference in a Lansing United victory against the same team.

The home team had three chances in the first 10 minutes, including a 1 v 1 with the Cincinnati keeper and midfielder Danny Wright, but none of the opportunities ended in a goal.

In the 23rd minute, Lansing had two opportunities with a Wright shot at the top of the box that was saved by the keeper and an Alex Ruddock shot a minute later hitting the post .

In the 29th Cincinnati went up one with a goal by Austin Smythe on a 1 v 2 with Anthony Mwembia and Michael Wetungu.

The Dutch Lions entered halftime leading 0 – 1 over United.

“It was just one individual mistake that got us in a hole,” head coach Nate Miller said. “We can learn from things like that. It just made it tough because they slowed the game down.”

The second half of the match started off with some missed chances for United. In the 59th minute, TJ Ifaturati’s breakaway chance in the middle ended with an offside call before an opportunity could be created. 

In the 63rd minute Leroy Enzugusi was found in front of the box, but couldn’t take advantage of Cincinnati’s confusion and the goalie picked the ball up. In the 64th minute Enzugusi made another run on a through ball, but the keeper picked up the ball before he could get a shot off.

In the 73rd minute Moni entered as a sub, and 10 minutes later he tied the game with a perfect free kick 25 yards out that went over the Cincinnati keeper into the top right corner.

“The first goal I scored at their place was pretty lucky, it was a good deflection,” Moni said. “But I thought I had a good one today.”

“I hit them good in practice, we were practicing a lot. I think Daniel Wright is our best free kick taker, but he wasn’t on the field,” Moni said. “I was aiming for back post.”

“He does it in training, Kosti has a lot of quality,” Miller said. “He came on, stayed cool and it was a great finish. It was the perfect angle, dipped over the goal keeper who is very good.”

A minute later, Lewis Jones’ shot from the top of the box hit the cross bar and Zach Tom’s shot off the rebound was saved by the keeper. The Hoops looked to take advantage of the new momentum created from the Moni goal.

In the 90th minute Moni sent in another long shot from 40 yards out. The ball almost went over the keeper’s head, but he was able to bring it down to prevent the go ahead goal.

“We had to really battle for it,” Miller said. “I just didn’t think the first half was very sharp…We just have to be patient with each other and rely on teammates. I thought the second half was much better, and we created a ton.”

United’s next match is in the Milk Cup semifinal at home against Grand Rapids FC June 6th at 7 pm.