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A Statistical Look at Lansing United’s Inaugural Season

WRITTEN BY: Nick Barnowski
PUBLISHED ON: July 15, 2014

Lansing United’s inaugural regular season in the NPSL ended Sunday afternoon with a 2-2 draw against Detroit City FC, earning them a spot in the playoffs.

The Great Lakes West champions will take on the Minnesota United Reserves on Saturday, July 19, at the East Lansing Soccer Complex in its Midwest Region semifinal.

United finished the regular season with an 8-4-2 (W-D-L) record. Here is a statistical wrap-up of the club’s NPSL campaign:

  • Forward Matt Brown led the team in virtually every offensive statistic. He scored 10 goals in 13 games, seven more than Brian Cunningham, who was second on the team.
  • Brown recorded a shot in every game he played in this season except one (July 7 vs. the Michigan Stars). He finished the regular season with 35 shots, 20 of which were on target. He scored on 28.6 percent of his shots, the second highest rate of any United player that attempted more than five.
  • The England native led United in shots in nine of the team’s 14 regular season games.
  • Brown had three multi-goal games including one hat trick (May 18 vs. Michigan Stars). Cunningham tallied the club’s other hat trick on July 4 vs. the Cincinnati Saints. Brown also had United’s longest goal-streak of the season, scoring in three straight games from May 25-July 1.
  • Five different players scored game-winning goals this season for United. Brown scored the game-winner in four of the club’s eight wins. Cunningham, Tyler Moorman, Andrew Hill, and Tyler Pasher scored the other four.
  • Defender Austin Dunn was the only player to start in all 14 games during the regular season. The Olivet College product also played in all 1260 minutes. Cunningham was the only other player to feature in all 14 games; he played 843 minutes.
  • Cody Archibald was the only defender to score a goal for Lansing in the regular season. He scored the equalizer against the Indiana Fire on July 11, a game United would win 2-1.
  • Canadian international Tyler Pasher played in only nine games but made a big impact offensively. He scored two goals and had four assists in a United uniform to go along with 28 shots.
  • Other players to score this season: Gabe Mateo (2), Tim Kreutz (2), Hill, Greg Timmer, Zach Pagani, Moorman.
  • United ended the regular season on a six-match unbeaten streak that started on June 22 against the Indiana Fire. Its previous longest unbeaten streak was four (May 25-June 6).
  • The club finished the regular season unbeaten at home with four wins and three draws. Both of its losses (and one draw) came on the road.
  • Goalkeeper Zach Bennett finished with 38 saves in the regular season, including a seven save performance against the Indiana Fire on July 11, the most he made in a single-game. He recorded a shutout in one-third of the matches he appeared in this year.
  • Lansing United finished with a +13 goal differential, tied for second highest in the Midwest Region. The club outshot its opponents 164-141. Its highest single-game shot total was 25 against the Cincinnati Saints on the Fourth of July. The fewest shots it gave up was three at Detroit City FC on May 23.
  • Twenty-five different players who saw action in a Lansing United uniform listed 13 different schools as their “previous clubs”: Michigan State (4), Detroit Mercy (4), Spring Arbor (3), Western Michigan (3), Oakland (2), Wheaton College (2), Madonna (2), University of Michigan (1), Colgate (1), Olivet College (1), Northwood (1), Northern Illinois (1), and Saginaw Valley State (1).
  • The total attendance through seven home games was 7,478. The season average attendance per game was 1,068.