Pontiac, MI (May 13, 2016)- The Michigan Stars traveled to Kalamazoo Saturday night and lost 1-0 which knocked their position down on the Great Lakes West table from second place to fourth, 5 points from the leader. Right before halftime, Kalamazoo scored and the lone goal would end up being all they needed to defeat the Stars that night. Stars Head Coach Andy Wagstaff and his assistant Paul Doroh have a big week ahead of them to try to get their team back to the winning form before Friday’s matchup against Dayton Dutch Lions.
“The Kalamazoo game was a lost opportunity for our Stars team,” stated Wagstaff. “We didn’t perform up to the expectations of recent form. Having won two good games in a row against Lansing United and AFC Ann Arbor, I felt like the momentum would have brought a much more inspiring and confident display from the team, but I was wrong.”
Coach continued, “The temperature was in the 90's and the grass field was thick and played very slow. I feel like this hindered our passing game and therefore we never established a rhythm and flow to the game. Kzoo came out strong early and looked like they wanted it more. They created some early chances but we weathered the storm and started to create chances on the counter. If we had capitalized on those chances in the first half I feel like we could have gone on and won the game. Unfortunately we lost possession in midfield just before half time and they countered and punished us with a good strike from their best player on the night, Brandon Bye. His goal would be the difference as the second half was extremely dull and left us feeling like we had left valuable points on the table. We need to regroup and get back to work in order to be prepared for a rejuvenated Dayton team who are coming off a couple very good performances after a slow start to their season.”
The next Michigan Stars FC home matchup is this Friday, June 17th at 7pm verse Dayton Dynamo FC. Tickets are only $8 in advance and in recognition of club soccer tryout weekend, every kid wearing their club jersey will get in for only $5 at the gate. To purchase in advance, go to www.MichiganStarsFC.com and click on tickets.