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UWS2 Match Day 1 Preview | LCFC vs Michigan Stars FC

The United Women’s Soccer League Two (UWS2) season has arrived! Our Women finally kick off their season tomorrow night, as they travel to face Michigan Stars FC.

Heading in opening weekend, we look to get off to strong start in what we expect to be a very competitive Great Lakes Conference. Our conference opponents include AFC Plymouth, Corktown AFC II, Detroit City FC II, FC Midland, Grand Haven Admirals, Legends FC, Michigan Stars FC, North Oakland Soccer Company (NOSC), Rebels FC and Thundercats SC.

While this will be our first match of the season, a few teams have already started their season. Corktown, one of the expected favorites to win the conference is off to a 1-0-1 start and sits on top of the table with 4 points after a draw with Grand Haven and a victory over Michigan Stars. Thundercats SC, a new club based out of New Baltimore, MI came out of the gates very strong with a resounding 12-0 win over AFC Plymouth.

Key Matches

  • Our first home match of the season will be next week, May 27th where we’ll host Michigan Legends
  • On June 27th, we host Corktown AFC II which we believe will be one of our biggest home matches of the season against a very strong Corktown squad
  • We have two big away matches to end the season. On July 15th, we head to Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck to face Detroit City FC II, and then on July 18th we head to the West side of the state to take on Grand Haven Admirals

Tonight’s Roster

Juliana Caro Pachon (GK)
Abby Lemerise
Marla Cobetto
Gabby Sgambati
Brittney Carter
Madalyn Mosallam
Maura McGlynn
Ashley Salinas
Elena Vasquez
Megan Verant
Renee Wright
Clare Ciarlino
Kate Kolongowski
Kayla Wiltshire
Jenna Guck
Lacey Chanady

Coach Jeremiah “JB” Belton: 

“I am very excited to get back to playing soccer matches. With everything we have all been through this last year, it’s great to see we have a chance to play. I know the ladies were disappointed with not getting to play an official season last summer so they have been working hard to prepare for this season.

Even though things still aren’t quite back to normal, we are excited to be part of a rapidly expanding league. As GM, Head coach, and #girldad it brings me great pleasure to be able to be part of this incredible growth in women’s soccer.

This summer promises to be filled with excitement and I look forward to leading the ladies to a very successful season!”

 

THIS WEEKEND’S MATCH INFORMATION

Friday, May 21st | Michigan Stars Sports Center | 6:30 PM EST

 

LIVESTREAM

We’ll share the live stream link once it’s available. You can also follow along on Twitter for our live match tweets.

 

 

 

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Match Recap | LCFC Men Perform Well in 2-1 Loss

 

Livonia, MI (May 15th, 2021) – Our Men had a strong performance last night but were ultimately unable to capitalize on their chances in a 2-1 loss to Michigan Stars U23 (1-0-0, 3 points). By failing to secure any points, LCFC fall to 0-2-2, with 2 points in league play which puts them at 4th place in the East Division.

In the first few minutes of the match, the Stars looked dangerous in the final third. Robert Dameron showed great effort in making a double save to halt a dangerous Stars attack, but just minutes later the Stars were able to finish at the far post to start off the scoring.

LCFC responded well and had multiple chances on net, including a Caleb Dupree shot that rattled the post. With about 10 minutes before halftime, Thomas Dono was able to cap off a dominant few minutes by scoring a brilliant goal in his first appearance of the season. Pressuring the Stars backline, Dono was able to pluck the ball out of the air away from a defender and curl his shot over the goalkeeper’s head from 20 yards out.

Although we looked even stronger in the second half and held the majority of possession, the boys were unable to find another goal while giving up a second goal late in the second half. Both Kyle Breitmeyer and Ivan Panergo had opportunities to tie things up late in the match but were both unlucky to not score.

Head Coach, Gaven King: 

To no fault to the team as a whole, we fought hard for 90+ minutes. We did have a few costly mistakes that we’ll need to clean up going forward in order to get the results we need.

It was great to have some of the younger players starting and coming off the bench getting experience at this level. Seeing how they came out and performed, the future is definitely bright for the club. I’m especially proud of Thomas Dono, who scored a fantastic goal in his first game back with the club.”

 

Match Notes:

  • Robert Dameron did well in goal in his first league match of the season, before being replaced by Zach Shuk in the 2nd half.
  • Matt VerSteeg continued his starts streak, by starting in his 4th league match and 6th match overall this season.
  • Mitchell Jones, Nyle Ellis, Thomas Dono, and Caleb Dupree all made their first league starts of the season
  • Mac Bechard returned from injury to make his first league appearance of the season as a second-half sub
  • Calvin Kalemaj gave off the bench in the second half to make his first club appearance

 

Lineups & Substitutes:

Livonia City:

GK: Robert Dameron

D: Matt VerSteeg, Conor Reaume, Thomas Mackey, Mitchell Jones

M: Nyle Ellis, Andrew Burgeson Thomas Dono, Ivan Panergo, Caleb Dupree

F: Kyle Breitmeyer

Subs: Zach Shuk (GK), Gavin Cameron, Pat Smith, Calvin Kalemaj, Mac Bechard, Garet Hintzman

 

Scoring Summary: Thomas Dono – 30′

 

Next Match: We hit the road to face BIH Grand Rapids on 5/22

 

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MWPL Match Preview | LCFC vs. Michigan Stars U23

 

Livonia (Friday, May 14th, 2021) – After a much needed weekend off, our Men’s team is back at home to take on Michigan Stars FC U23. This will be the first match of the MWPL season for the Stars, whose first team plays in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).

It’s already the 4th league match of the season for City and sit in 3rd place in the East Division table. With 2 draws and a loss, the boys are in much need of win with multiple games in hand and hope the past weekend off will help us bounce back.

TEAM NEWS

  • Center backs Vince Bruno and Matt VerSteeg continue their streak of starting together for the 5th game in a row
  • Robert Dameron, Caleb Dupree, Thomas Dono and Calvin Kalemaj all make their first league 18 of the season
  • After multiple injury scratches from the lineup, Kyle Breitmeyer is cleared to play and will make his first league start of the season

Here are the 18 players selected for tomorrow’s match:

Goalkeepers: Zach Shuk, Robert Dameron

Defenders: Matt VerSteeg, Vince Bruno, Thomas Mackey, Mitch Jones, Conor Reaume

Midfielders: Nyle Ellis, Caleb Dupree, Thomas Dono, Jake Reitzloff, Ivan Panergo, Andrew Burgeson, Gavin Cameron, Calvin Kalemaj, Kyle Johnson

Forwards: Kyle Breitmeyer, Pat Smith


HOW TO WATCH

Our live stream will be on MyCujoo with the official link available on our social media closer to kickoff.

You can also follow along with our live tweeting on our Twitter


MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, May 15th | Schoolcraft College Turf Field | 6:30 PM EST

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Masks are required for entry and the capacity will be limited to 250 fans. Please remember to practice social distancing

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE: bit.ly/3hom1ru