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05 / 27

United Falls in Michigan Milk Cup Quarterfinals

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 27, 2019

by Joshua Chung

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing United fell in the quarterfinals of the Michigan Milk Cup presented by Milk Means More, losing to the Detroit Sun in extra time by a final score of 2-1.

Sunday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend showcased a defensive matchup, as neither team was able to score through regulation time.

In the 43rd minute, Detroit had a corner kick opportunity to go along with four shots on goal, but United’s Madison Clem stood her ground and saved every shot to keep the game scoreless. Clem would go on to have an impressive afternoon all game as she finished with a total of 11 saves.

Timia Robinson stirred some of the heavy lifting for the United attack as she was aggressive on multiple shot attempts all game before an injury removed her from the game in the 91st minute.

Detroit finally broke through in the 92nd minute as Racheal DeLuca crossed a pass to Anastasia Savich who easily tapped the ball into the open net give them a 1-0 lead.  Savich doubled the Sun lead in the 105th minute as she headed the ball in from a corner to give Detroit a commanding 2-0 lead in the first half of overtime.

Despite a shortened roster the Hoops kept fighting in the 114th minute Alexis Mitchel gave the hosts a lifeline as she collected a pass from Kasey Jamieson in the box an calmly curled the ball into the net cutting the lead to one.

Lansing United created a couple more chances in the final five minutes but the Sun held on to win 2-1 and advance to the Michigan Milk Cup semifinals.

Mitchell said it starts to become more of a mental aspect late in the game because their bodies start to wear out as they try to push through to the finish line.

“We had so many opportunities, they had just as many opportunities, but if we capitalized on some of the first one’s we had, I think it would have been a different outcome,” Mitchell said. “When we had such a short roster to come out here and play that many minutes, with a couple players injured, I’m extremely proud of this group.”

Head coach Jason Crist said he is really proud of the team and how much effort they gave today as one of the players even started today who has not even been to training session yet.

“We had some other girls that played no minutes and some girls that had not rostered out their playing,” Crist said. “We really put together a good performance considering that we were shorthanded and I felt we could have won the game.

Crist said that the players that got extra minutes today performed well and realized the team is deeper than what was expected.

United’s next match will be on Friday May 31, when they take on Indiana Union.