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06 / 01

United Picks up Three Points with Three Lucky Goals

WRITTEN BY: Jeremy Sampson
PUBLISHED ON: June 01, 2014

United (3-1-1) began their weekend road trip in Pennsylvania by picking up three points against the Erie Admirals (0-0-3) in Lansing’s third shutout of the season, 3-0.

Three peculiar goals at Gannon University Field in downtown Erie, led United to a season-total 10 points, keeping Lansing two points behind second-place Detroit City in the Great Lakes West.

“I thought we scored three lucky goals,” United captain Matt Brown said. “As a team, we defended well and we attacked quite quickly with a bit of quality as well.”

The goal scoring began in the 23rd minute when United forward Brian Cunningham was taken down on a breakaway in the penalty box. Brown attempted the first penalty kick in United history and placed it into the lower right corner of the goal past Erie goalie Danny Mudd.

Brown scored his sixth goal of the season five minutes after the start of the second half to take a 2-0 lead for United. The Lansing captain shadowed Erie’s Mudd while the goalie had the ball at his feet. When Mudd attempted to clear the ball, Brown snuck his foot in front and deflected the ball back into the Erie goal.

The final goal was tapped in from the goal line after a long ball from midfield bounced off the Erie goal post where forward Gabe Mateo was alone to take a 93rd minute 3-0 lead for United.

“Anytime you can pick up three points on the road it is fantastic for the group,” Lansing head coach Eric Rudland said. “I thought we used everybody that we dressed today and I thought that everybody played really well.”

Rudland used all seven available substitutions Friday night and all but one player who traveled to Erie played. Tim Kreutz, Adam Clauss, Zach Pagani, Julian Myers, James Robinson, Abdul Ibrahim and Mateo all entered for United throughout the second half.

“Three points on the road is huge,” Rudland said. “Obviously, having to play back-to-back is not an easy task. So this is a good start to the weekend and hopefully we can build off of it (today).”