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06 / 02

United Falls to Milwaukee in See-Saw Match

WRITTEN BY: Tori Twining
PUBLISHED ON: June 02, 2017

Rafa Mentzingen scores in fourth straight match.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Lansing United came from behind once but couldn’t do it a second time, falling from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 3 – 2 loss to the Milwaukee Torrent.

Early mistakes hindered the Hoops in the first half. United defender Michael Gonzalo was credited with an own goal in the 6th minute to give the Torrent a 1 – 0 lead that snapped Joe White’s team record shut-out streak at 365 minutes. The Hoops had to play catch up for the first time this season.

Rafa Mentzingen got on the board for United to tie the score at 1 – 1 in the 17th minute. Mentzingen broke away from a defender into the box, but his shot was saved by Milwaukee’s keeper. Tumi Moshobane gained possession back and sent the ball into the middle for a Mentzingen goal over the keeper’s head. Mentzingen now leads the NPSL Great Lakes Region in goals scored with six and has scored in four straight league appearances.

Moshobane was able to beat the keeper on the near post in the 43rd minute to give United a 2 – 1 lead over the Torrent going into halftime. Alec Greene was credited with an assist for his cross into the box. The match marked Greene’s 17th straight NPSL game, tying Austin Dunn and Brian Cunningham for the most consecutive league matches played for a United player.

Torrent’s Anthony Patterson tied the game in the 49th minute at 2 – 2 with a header out of White’s reach.

“That was a very good goal,” Miller said. “But the other two were self-made.”

The Torrent regained the lead in the 63rd minute with a Nemanja Medic goal over White’s head to make the score 3 – 2.

United had a handful of opportunities in the box throughout the second half, but struggled to find the back of the net. James DeCosemo had his best opportunity in the 55th minute on a through ball. DeCosemo tried to find the corner of the back-post, but his shot was just wide of the net. Pedro Petino also had an open shot at the top of the box in the 67th minute, but Milwaukee’s keeper Josh Rohde was able to punch the ball out of the box.

“I liked our attacking play,” Miller said. “Once we broke pressure we were good getting behind them. They have a very high back line, so we were behind them a lot. We should have finished more.”

In the 77th minute, Mentzingen had a cross right in front of the net, but Petino wasn’t able to get his foot on the ball. Nick Strack also added offensive opportunities with two crosses in front of the net late in the game, but United players couldn’t get their heads on the ball.

“I liked the fight and mentality after we went down 3 – 2,” Miller said. “We kept going after them, putting pressure and more pressure. We were in their half the whole time.”

In stoppage time, United earned a corner with everyone in the box including White. White was able to put a head on the cross, but his shot went wide left.

“We’re going to be fine,” Miller said. “This is a new thing, obviously losing for the first time this late in which is tough for the guys, but we’re going to be fine.”

Lansing United is back at home Sunday, June 4 where they will face Michigan Stars FC at 2 pm.