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05 / 15

United advances in the Milk Cup with a 3 – 0 victory over Livonia City FC

WRITTEN BY: Tori Twining
PUBLISHED ON: May 15, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Lansing United men hit the road for the first time this season against Livonia City FC Tuesday night. The Hoops added to their Michigan Milk Cup success in their second match versus Livonia with a 3 – 0 win, the first ending in a 6 – 1 victory at home.

TJ Ifaturoti started off with an early goal in the 10thminute, assisted by Kosti Moni. Ifaturoti produced again in the 26thminute with an assist on a Zach Tom goal. United led 2 – 0 entering halftime.

“We have a great team here,” Ifaturoti said. “We practice hard and we are looking forward to the next games.”

Ifaturoti scored in the home opener against Livonia City and came off the bench versus the Michigan Bucks, proving again Tuesday night to be a major offensive threat Lansing can use the rest of the season.

United controlled possession in the middle early, and found shots in the box. Keeper Anthony Mwembia and the defense also contained Livonia City’s offense to minimal chances.

Head coach Nate Miller rotated the team around after a tough match Saturday against the Michigan Bucks, allowing for fresh faces to see the field and make an impact.

“I thought we had some really good individual performances,” head coach Nate Miller said. “It’s good to always have a lot of competition on the squad.”

Zach Tom had a brace in his United debut with another goal in the 82nd minute assisted by Lewis Jones, putting Lansing up 3 – 0. Tom is the sixth Lansing United player to record a multi-goal game.

“We have a good group going into things and it’s just easy to play,” Tom said. “We definitely need to improve, but it’s early in the season.”

The two wins over Livonia City also secured United’s spot in the next round of the Michigan Milk Cup, which will be played in June. The next game for the United men is Friday, May 18 at home against the Derby City Rovers.