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05 / 19

United Win First NPSL Match, Defeat Michigan Stars 4-0

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 19, 2014

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EAST LANSING – Lansing United came away with its first victory in club history in a match against the Michigan Stars that took place Sunday night at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

The victory capped an exciting weekend for the city of Lansing and the team as they made their NPSL debut in front of just under 1,000 people on Friday night.

Still buzzing, Sunday night’s game drew a crowd of 836 people to Archer Stadium. Fans that brought non-perishable food items to donate were given a discount on admission.

In total, more than 152 pounds of items were collected and given to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

Team captain and forward Matt Brown led the way and was named Dean Trailways Man of the Match after recording a hat trick that included the first goal in club history.

Brown’s historic first goal came unassisted on a hard shot from the left-wing side of the box in the 23rd minute of play.

Following the match, Brown was asked what it felt like to score the first hat trick in Lansing United history.

“Fantastic,” he said, smiling.

Brown’s second goal came in the 31st minute with an assist coming from Midfielder Godwin Addai. Brown’s third goal came shortly after halftime in the 47th minute when he deflected in a long drive from Goalkeeper Zach Bennett.

Forward Tyler Pagani added the fourth goal in the 67th minute to seal the deal in a convincing win that secured three points. Midfielder Adam Clauss picked up an assist on the play after having just entered the game as a substitute in the 65th minute.

Goalkeeper Zach Bennett recorded his second consecutive shutout in the victory as well. He made three crucial saves, giving him a total of eight on the season. He has yet to allow a goal in the regular season.

Lansing controlled the game tempo, as well as the ball for 53 percent of the game. They registered 14 shots, 10 of which were on net. The Stars had 10 shot attempts, three of which were on target.

Head coach Eric Rudland seemed to be satisfied with his team’s play – and rightfully so.

“Tonight, there was a much better rhythm of attack,” he said. “All in all, it was a good performance.”

Rudland was also very pleased with the team support shown by fans.

“(Archer Stadium) looked like it was pretty full,” he said. “I think it shows that the community is definitely here to stay, and that they want to support what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Lansing United returns to action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. when it visits Detroit City FC for what promises to be an exciting match at Cass Tech High School in Detroit.

“They’re the established club. We’ve got to try to see if we can give them a good match, and that’s really what it’s about.”