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07 / 08

Late Goal has United fall on road 2-1

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: July 08, 2017

BERKLEY, Mich. — Lansing United were defeated 2-1 by the Michigan Stars Friday night in what was a must-win match for the Hoops.

The first half of the match contained few quality opportunities for either side. Both teams struggled to hold possession of the ball for more than a few passes.

Just a minute after play resumed for the second half the Stars struck first, scoring a rebound off of a save from United keeper Jimmy Hague.

Hague kept the Hoops in the match with some brilliant stops. The Michigan State University goalie recorded five saves in the match including an excellent double save in the 89th minute.

Moments later United’s goal-scoring drought was ended. Michael Gonzalo found the ball just outside the box as Lansing continued to pour pressure on the Stars. Gonzalo picked out Sammy Conti with a ball over the back line that Conti proceeded to fire into the top left with a stunning volley to level the match in the 90th minute.

United continued to try for a winner in stoppage time with 9 players attacking, which unfortunately left them vulnerable on the counter. After a no-call for an apparent foul on Nick Strack, the home side finished a one-on-one chance against Hague to reclaim the lead in heartbreaking fashion. It was unfortunate as United never gave up and looked to be the more dangerous side near the end of the match.

James DeCosemo was subbed on at the start of the second half to break Austin Dunne’s all-time appearance record for the Hoops. DeCosemo’s 40th appearance also saw him have his 70th and 71st shot attempts, giving him the most shots for Lansing in club history as well.

Next up Lansing United is back home and takes on Detroit City FC Sunday in the 7th installment of a heated rivalry between the two clubs.