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05 / 31

United Remains Unbeaten with a 1 – 1 Draw in West Virginia

WRITTEN BY: Tori Twining
PUBLISHED ON: May 31, 2018

Charleston, W.Va – Lansing United went into Wednesday night’s match unbeaten in their first PDL season, and the streak continued after a 1 – 1 draw with the West Virginia Chaos.

Early in the match, both teams had equal possession with neither having clear scoring chances. United’s first chance came in the 18th minute with Danny Wright’s shot from the top of the box sailing over the net.

In the 24th minute, defender Nick Strack was shown a straight red for violent conduct after the whistle, and United played with 10 men the rest of the game. Alex Sokalski subbed in for TJ Ifaturati, creating a more balanced and defensive team. Despite playing shorthanded for 65 minutes, United controlled possession and created momentum up the field.

The match entered halftime at 0 – 0. United had eight shots, one being on goal and keeper Anthony Mwembia came up with two saves.

Beginning the second half, United possessed the ball in the midfield and created chances up front. In the 54th minute, Leroy Enzegusi subbed in for Kosti Moni and made his presence known early. Enzegusi scored an unassisted, breakaway goal in the box in the 59th minute. The shorthanded United team was up 1 – 0.

The 55th minute also marked a new club record for longest shutout streak. The streak ended at 373 minutes when West Virginia’s Marcelo Hernandez took advantage of a turnover in the box and tied the game in the 62nd minute.

The United midfielder’s continued to move the ball up the field and create opportunities, but none of the chances found the goal and the match ended in a 1 – 1 draw.

“Really impressed by this Lansing United group, playing at a very high level and overcoming obstacles,” Nate Miller tweeted after the game. “Fantastic hardworking team to work with.”

The United men are back home at the East Lansing Soccer Complex Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 PM.