Michigan Stars Set Piece Goal Brings First Win Of The Season

Michigan Stars FC Starting Eleven v Lansing United in Sunday's 1-0 Win

 Stars beat Lansing United 1-0 With Header Goal By Matt Lamb

Pontiac, MI (May 29, 2016)-  Michigan Stars FC began the season coming in like a lamb, but Stars Defender Michael Lamb changed that pace Sunday afternoon with a header into the back of Lansing United’s net to score the lone goal of the game and get the first win of the season for the team.  After three ties and then a loss on Friday verse Grand Rapids FC, the Michigan Stars needed these 3 points to climb up the standings in the National Premier Soccer League’s (NPSL) Midwest Region West Conference.  The Stars now sit in 3rd place with 6 points just above Detroit City FC with 5 points and behind Kalamazoo FC with 7 and the leader with 10 is AFC Ann Arbor. 

The first half of the match was even play between the two teams with both goalies contributing with saves and direction of their back lines to keep the score 0-0 at the half.  The second half though would bring out a refreshed and energized Michigan Stars team who looked determined to take control of the match.  It would not be until the 58’ minute when Michael O’Neill would set up the corner kick that Michael Lamb would zero in on and guide into the back of the neck with a header.

Michael Lamb, Man of the Match

Lamb would be named Man of the Match but he feels it was a team effort for the win, stating, “We’ve worked on our set pieces in practice and I was lucky enough for it to manage on my head and put it in. Our whole backline, our goalie and our strength from the field and our bench should all be man of the match in this win.”

Stars Head Coach Andy Wagstaff was proud of his team with their first NPSL win of the season and his first win at the helm.

“Overall, I am really proud of our endeavor and hard work today and we really needed this win,” and Coach stated about Lamb, “Really proud of Michael for sticking in the winning set piece.”

This win helps prepare the Stars for what looks to be the toughest match of the season, which is next away on June 3rd at AFC Ann Arbor, who currently sits atop the conference.

The second half of play saw the Stars with the confidence on the field controlling the game, but after the goal, Lansing United seemed fueled to strike for themselves as well.  Wagstaff commented, “We scored a goal with about 25 min to go and from then on it was a bombardment from Lansing.”  The Stars were able to absorb United including a last minute ditch effort on a set piece that included United’s goalie up top trying to head the ball in but Stars goalie Eliott Tarney (Oakland University) had a superb game to get the clean sheet with 5 saves. 

The next home game for Michigan Stars FC will be on Friday, June 17th at 7pm at their home Wisner Stadium in Pontiac verse Dayton Dynamo FC. 

Tickets for the matchup against Grand Rapids can be found online at www.MichiganStarsFC.com for $8 in advance or $10 at the door and kids 5 and under get in free.  Gates open at 6pm. Group discounts are available as well, contact Kelly at 248-521-2179 or kelhaapala@hotmail.com for more information.