7.11.2017 AFC Ann Arbor 3-1 Detroit City FC | Milwaukee Torrent 2-2 Grand Rapids FC

Monday, June 5, 2017

Detroit City FC finds footing in win against 10-man Grand Rapids FC; Weekend Recap

Detroit City FC defeated Grand Rapids FC, 3-1, on Friday evening to earn its first three points of 2017, avenging a late season draw from last season that knocked Le Rouge out of contention for the playoffs.
Friday evening was also City’s first home win in the NPSL play.
Head coach Ben Pirmann trotted out a highly experimental starting eleven, dropping captain Dave Edwardson to the bench in favor of Louis Dargent. Jeff Adkins, Shawn Lawson and Roderic Green were also sat in favor of other players, including the returning Tyler Moorman.
Pirmann insisted that the changes were experimental in purpose. The changes made was attributed to adapting to GRFC’s style of play, and rotating the squad in the midst of a two-match weekend.
"I wasn't making a statement with dropping David [Edwardson]. It's been an experiment I wanted to do for awhile now, and I won't make any bones about it. David is my favorite player on this team," head coach Ben Pirmann said. "It breaks my heart to have to go home and tell my wife that I'm taking out our favorite player.

"David is the fittest player on our team...he hasn't missed a drill in training. He does everything that we take pride of in with this club. It was hard, but he responded to it first class.

"He's in the locker room, he saw our team lethargic, he got on their asses and said 'lets go'.

"He's honest, he's pissed he isn't starting; but he's first class. He 100% puts this team first."
The action between the two Michigan clubs starter immediately, with GRFC goalkeeper, Noah Fazekas, rushing out of the goalkeeper box and going cleats up into a tackle with Tyrone Mondi, injuring the forward. Fazekas was shown a straight red-card. 

"I truly believe that we were spot on being aggressive in the first three minutes," Pirmann said. "That's what helped with us getting the red card." 

Grand Rapids FC were forced to play with ten men for 87 minutes of the match.
The man advantage didn’t help City until later in the match, and after the red card the match remained at a physical pace until the disadvantaged Grand Rapids squad opened the scoring in the 28th minute.
Greg Timmer put The Boys in Blue up, 1-0, beating Colin Miller at the far post. The goal came after City started looking comfortable on the ball, seeing two chances on goal from stand-in captain Cyrus Saydee.
Two minutes later, Dargent made his presence in the midfield felt by tying the match at one-a-piece, rifling a shot past Fazekas’ replacement Aaron Orban.
City newcomer Bakie Goodman came close to giving Le Rouge the lead in the 42nd minute, trying to chip Orban, beating the goalkeeper but the shot went wide.
The clubs went into halftime level.
Detroit City used the man advantage to control the match in the second half, with Pirmann making the appropriate personnel changes and strategy to accommodate the benefit.
Chances from Saydee, Moorman, Dargent, Mondi, and Zach Bock were thwarted by strong defensive efforts and more saves for Orban.
"Long term, this is a process...we train really well and we work hard," Pirmann said. "This was a must-win game. I do what I have to do to win, and I thought we needed to attack a little bit more. and that's the line-up I went with."

But Grand Rapids’ luck in the defensive end quickly ran out as time ticked away.
Lawson gave the Rouge and Gold their first lead of the match in the 78th minute, but you could tell by the attitude of the players and the momentum of the pitch that the Le Rouge contingent were not comfortable with a one goal lead.
And in the 82nd minute Derrick Otim put a phenomenal strike past Orban to seal the match, and give his club their first league victory.
"We're going to play games where we have Friday then Sunday. I went with a more aggressive line-up tonight, almost out of necessity and it paid off.


NPSL Great Lakes Conference Weekend Recap, June 2-4
The weekend of June 2 had a full slate of action with six matches kicking off, all with major implications on the standings taking place.

On Friday, the league leaders, AFC Ann Arbor, traveled to Pontiac to take on Michigan Stars FC, destroying them in the process by tallying five goals and keeping a clean sheet. The win allowed The Mighty Oak to stay clear on the top of the table with 18 points.

Goals from Kaleb Jackson, Kyle Breitmeyer, Jimmy Fiscus, Alex Lasinski and James Vaughan fueled the domication.

Lansing United had the opportunity to tie AFCAA over the weekend on points, but fell, 3-2, to the Milwaukee Torrent; but defeated Michigan Stars FC 5-2 on Sunday, giving them 15 points and second place.

Kalamazoo FC continued its wretched start to the season with a 3-3 draw with FC Indiana on Friday, who are also struggling to find its identity. Both clubs sit at the bottom of the table through the weekend.



There were only two matches on Sunday, including Detroit City FC making the trek to Indiana. Le Rouge came away with a six point weekend by defeating FC Indiana, 3-1. Goals courtesy of Shawn Lawson, Bakie Goodman and an own goal provided the win.

Lansing United got back to its winning ways with a 5-2 rout of Michigan Stars FC on Sunday. LANU continues to surprise the league, being dominate in their victories and having a goal differential of 12, having only allowed five goals...all of them conceded over the weekend.

Upcoming

A random Wednesday, June 7, clash between bottom-dwellers Milwaukee Torrent and Kalamazoo FC precedes the return match between league leaders AFC Ann Arbor and one-win FC Indiana on Friday, June 9.

Saturday, June 10, sees Grand Rapids FC try to regain their footing after dropping two consecutive league match, by hosting the streaking Lansing United.

Sunday, June 11, Michigan Stars FC will have a chance to redeem themselves after a 10-goal-conceded weekend, against Milwaukee Torrent.

Detroit City FC will go up against Kalamazoo FC, to keep fighting towards the seven-point gap that separates Le Rouge and a playoff spot currently being held by the league leaders in goals scored, Lansing United.


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