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05 / 22

NPSL Opener Ends in Stalemate

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 22, 2015

If you are not scoring, a strong defensive line is important.

Jimmy Fiscus has stepped up immensely as a leader and defender for Lansing United, helping secure a 0-0 draw in the NPSL season opener against Indiana Fire. 

“Fiscus anchored the back line for us tonight and wore the captain band as well,” head coach/GM Eric Rudland said. “He did really well in our Open Cup run. I’m really impressed with his performance in each match and again tonight.”

“Coach had faith in me and I came out and did what I could,” Fiscus said. “Having vocal leadership in the back helps guys settle in. We were getting a lot of chances and staying strong defensively. I think we need to keep that up going forward,” 

Teammate and Dean Trailways Man of the Match Zach Pagani agreed. “I’ve played with Jimmy in the past and he’s always a very vocal player. I expect him to be very vocal and he continues to be very vocal.”

Pagani had the best chance of the first half with a volley over the keeper, just clearing over the cross bar in the 43rd minute.

Lansing dominated the scoring chances but could not quite find the back of the net. Rudland said, “I’m quite happy with their performance overall, we just need that final moment. We’ll continue to train.”

In the 80th minute of play Julian Myers had a great drive up the sideline and crossed the ball in to Jordan Kalk, whose one-time shot hit the cross bar and bounced down just outside of the goal.

“Jules played a great ball, and I thought it was in the back of the net,” Kalk said. “I guess I hit it a little too hard as it went off the crossbar.”

Fiscus scored on a header goal earlier in the season against AFC Ann Arbor, and continues to scramble in the fray in the box. Will he be the one to end United’s scoreless stretch?

“I’m looking for it, every chance I get. Every chance for a corner kick or a free kick, I’m doing what I can,” Fiscus said. “Hopefully I can get on it more to help this team.”


Lansing opened the NPSL season with a home nil-nil draw against Indiana Fire for the second straight year…For the first time in team history, Austin Dunn did not appear in a Lansing United shirt…Brothers Zach and Chase Pagani appeared for the first time in the same game for the Hoops…8 different players made their competitive debut for the club in the match…Lansing plays their 3rd match in five days against Michigan Stars in Pontiac on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.