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05 / 20

United Earn First Win in Women’s History 2-1 over Genesee FC

WRITTEN BY: Hannah Holliday
PUBLISHED ON: May 20, 2018

FLINT, Mich. – Lansing United history was created at Atwood Stadium on Sunday night after the Women’s team offensively dominated Genesee FC 2-1.

United stepped on the pitch with an attacking state of mind to begin the first half. Captain Dani Stephan started the shooting rampage six minutes in but the shot went wide right. Her teammates carried this momentum, as midfielder Riko Sagara and forward Anna Stinson had multiple opportunities on goal.

Despite Lansing’s abundance of corner kicks and shots on goal, the game remained a draw until the 38 minute when Genesee FC ended up on the scoreboard first after forward Katelyn Wilkowski got a breakaway and beat a defender. Genesee had only had one shot on net prior to Wilkowski’s goal.

But Genesee’s lead didn’t last more than 6 minutes after Brittany Tanner knocked the ball in off an assist from Aubrey Schierbeek which all began with a United corner kick in the 42 minute.

Head coach Jason Crist said at halftime the team tried to make adjustments which did end up resulting in United’s favor.

“That was our theme amongst the players,” Forward Erin Doster said. “We didn’t know what to do with all the time and space they were giving us, coming together in the second half we figured it out.”

In the second half, Doster stepped onto the pitch with fresh legs and made an instant impact as forward.

“Erin Doster is a ball of energy and when you put her on the field instantly adds some spark, Crist said.  “Great pace and hard-working kid, qualities I really like in a forward.”

After receiving a pass right in front of the goal from Schierbeek at the end line, Doster earned her first goal of the season and Schierbeek earned her second assist of the match.

“Aubrey is just a great player,” Crist said. “Probably our player of the match tonight.”

United received plenty more chances following Doster’s goal, but Genesee’s goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman continued to save shot after shot keeping Lansing’s lead limited to one goal.

“Credit to their goalkeeper who was maybe their best player on the field tonight, she kept them in it,” Crist said. “It was a constant power play; they didn’t cross midfield very often and we did a great job of possession.”

The team will end the weekend with three points and their first win on the road. They end the second week of the season with four points out of six.

Lansing will continue their road game streak when they travel to Indiana on Friday, June 1 to face Indy Premiere FC (0-1-0).