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United Opens 2015 With 3-0 Win

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: May 02, 2015

EAST LANSING — With 810 fans in the stands tonight at Archer Stadium, Lansing United kicked off their season with a 3-0 victory over AFC Ann Arbor.

Lansing United dominated the first half of play. The ball was in the Ann Arbor half well over half the time, however United had countless opportunities in the attacking third but couldn’t capitalize on any of them.

Lansing United’s defensive line was full of hustle and urgency to clear the ball in a tactical manner. Jimmy Fiscus, starting center back said “Leadership helps. Austin Dunn, he helped me right away. Outside backs listened to everything I said and everything that I told them to do. I think that helped the chemistry of the team, especially.”

Dunn had a solid game and did a great job of defending against Ann Arbor’s counter attacks throughout the game.

In the 39th minute of play, Stephen Owusu scored for Lansing United to bring the score to 1-0. Andrew Hill had the assist on Owusu’s goal, who slotted the ball past the keeper just inside the eighteen yard box. Stephen Owusu brought a lot of speed and hustle to the game tonight. Head coach Eric Rudland said, “we lost some speed from the team last year, so a guy like Stephen Owusu, he can fly. We saw his pace tonight.”

Owusu was just as pleased with his effort. “I think it’s a very good goal, my friend [Andrew Hill] gave me a good pass, and it was a good run to get me on goal. I’m very happy to score my first goal for Lansing United.”

At half time Lansing United led Ann Arbor 1-0. At this point in the game, Lansing United had 14 shots, four of which were on goal. AFC Ann Arbor had five shots, three on goal.

The second half was underway and Lansing United came out with urgency.

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In the 48th minute of play, United set themselves up again. Stephen Owusu dribbled down the field and crossed the ball into the box to find Yves Nzwanga’s head. Nzwanga headed the ball into the back of the net to bring Lansing United’s lead up by two.

Lansing United’s momentum did not stop there.

Ann Arbor’s Cory Van Achen was issued a yellow card, setting Lansing United up for a free kick. In the 53rd minute of play, Jimmy Fiscus scored in box off of the ball sent in by James DeCosemo. “It’s been a long time since I scored one of those. I raised my hand, I told him I wanted the ball and he hit it right perfectly to my head,” Fiscus said.

Eric Rudland was happy with the effort after only spending a week with his team.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in a short amount of time, and I’ve told these guys at training on Friday that we need to get better every time we’re on the field with each other. Whether it’s training, friendly match, exhibition game…we really have to utilize our time widely with each other and make a lot of progress in a short amount of time.”

Photos: Hoffman Photography