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United Drops First UWS Regular Season Game In 2 Seasons

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: July 10, 2019

By Joshua Chung

LANSING, Mich. – United felt the heat on the end of this 4th of July weekend, as the team suffered its first regular season loss in two years, as they fall to Michigan Legends, 4-2.

 

United had multiple chances within the first 20 minutes of the match with Kaley Buck and Anna Stinson coming out attacking with shots on goals and assisting with numerous through ball’s. Buck was very active; getting passed her defenders, sending her crosses into the box, finding open players with crosses and had multiple chances, but nothing was able to fall through.

 

The first goal came in the 30th minute as a simple pass from Buck to Alexis Mitchell created an easy slot shot in the left corner.

 

In the 34th minute, Michigan answered right away as Morgan Reitano passed a through ball towards the box, where United was unable to recover, which would set up Claire Catalan to score the goal.

 

In the 56th minute Anna Stinson’s shot from outside where the goal was saved, but Erin Doster cleaned up the rebound for her first goal of the season.

 

However, it all went downhill from there as the Legends scored back-to-back goals in the 66th and 67th minute, including an own goal that was deflected off a United player and was unable to be recovered.

 

Head coach Jason Crist said that this was the first performance of the year as after the first 20 minutes the team struggled heavily.

 

“Hopefully, this is a defining moment,” said Crist. “Every team needs a defining moment and having coached college for a lot of years, having a team that is undefeated are the toughest ones to win a championship with because they don’t have that moment in their season to face adversity with. You have to bounce back from it and this is that moment for us.”

 

Goalkeeper Madison Clem said the team’s mentality went down in the second half and that fatigue played a factor.

 

“We’re going to go into practice next week, train harder, and come out much better,” said Clem. “I think we just broke down a lot and need to come back together as a team. It puts a chip on our shoulder.”

 

United will now begin its postseason run with a UWS Midwest Regional semifinal matchup against Grand Rapids Football Club, this Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.