The Michigan Stars first away game of the season proved once again that Coach Andy Wagstaff’s team has grit and determination. The opponent this time was Lansing United who scored first in the 20th minute. The Stars would be quick to equalize it when a penalty was awarded and Tomer Zloczower (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay) found the back of the net.
“Our home game on Friday at Wisner,” explained Stars Coach Wagstaff, “took a lot out of my team and to turn around and travel to Lansing less than two days later was always going to prove challenging. It made it more challenging that it was our first time on grass this season and also because Lansing had no game on Friday and had a full week of rest ahead of the game.”
Wagstaff continued saying, “We started off by creating a fantastic opportunity after a couple minutes when Alex Serwatka (Oakland University) got down the right wing and delivered a ball to Tomer Zloczower who arrived ahead of the recovering defenders but put the ball over. Tomer proved a handful all game, however, and was responsible for the Stars equalizer from the penalty spot before half time after Stars had fallen behind to a Lansing goal.”
It looked as though another tie was written in the stars until United would once again take the lead in the 78th minute off a goal by Danny Cawley. However, Michigan Stars Adi Kavara (Florida Tech) found an open Cody Archibald to again secure another tie game.
Cody (Oakland University) created havoc in United’s backline and then also shook up United’s offense as he scored in the last minute of regulation. Archibald, the Stars Captain and former Lansing United player, moved up front with 7 minutes left in the game and in the 89th minute took two points away from United and gain a point for the Stars.
“In the second half,” stated Wagstaff, “Lansing controlled possession for stretches of the game but Stars proved to be dangerous on the counter creating a number of chances that they just could not seem to execute on. Late in the second half Lansing took a 2-1 lead through a great strike and it looked like the Stars might come away empty handed, which would be harsh in my opinion.”
The Michigan Stars came away with another point which totals three in the season after three matchups. Towards the middle of the points standings for the Great Lakes West Conference in the NPSL Midwest Division, the Stars also find themselves second in goals for with 5 and almost the lowest goals against with 3 and only Grand Rapids lower than them with 1 with only one game under their belt (which was against Michigan Stars).
“Overall,” explained the Stars Coach, “I was pleased again with the performance but feel like we can certainly get better. We tend to fall a goal behind when we could clearly take the lead against some of these strong teams. I felt we let Lansing off the hook in the first half by being very casual in the attacking 3rd and also not really working hard enough as a team defensively. But we created some good moments throughout the match and did enough to potentially win the game away from home.”
This weekend is one of important rematches for the team as they face Grand Rapids FC away this Friday, May 27th and host Lansing United this Sunday, May 29th at home at 5pm.
A weekend of wins would give the Stars a crucial 6 points and their perseverance as the underdog would pay off and prove that they are a contender for the top of the conference.
Tickets for the upcoming home match this Sunday at 5pm verse Lansing United are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate, kids 5 and under are free. Season tickets are only $40 and comes with a free Michigan Stars scarf and can be purchased on the website.
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