Detroit City FC drops regular-season home finale

The Detroit News
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Two goals off deflections and missed opportunities sealed Detroit City FC's fate in a 3-2 loss to the Erie Commodores Friday before 3,793 in the team's final National Premier Soccer League regular season game at Cass Tech.

Erie's Austin Solomon sent in a cross that appeared to bounce off a Detroit FC player and into the net in the 75th minute. The fluke goal turned out to be the game-winner.

Will Mellors-Blair scored in the 21st and 41st minute for Detroit (7-2-2), which led 2-1 at halftime. Erie (5-6-1) opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Jimmy Barrios was credited with a goal off a deflection.

Erie's Eric Campbell chipped Detroit goalkeeper Alexandre Bouillennec in the 68th minute to tie the match 2-2. Detroit, which came into the match on a six-game unbeaten run in NPSL play, squandered several missed chances — notably a penalty kick in the 49th minute.

Detroit's Latif Alashe was brought down in the box, setting up the spot kick in the 49th minute. Josh Rogers blasted the shot to the goalkeeper's right, which Erie's Daniel Mudd palmed away.

The Erie keeper also made a point-blank save on Detroit's Tyler Channell's blast, which then rang off the post in the 60th minute. He denied Mellors-Blair's attempt for a third goal with diving save four minutes later.

Detroit wraps up the regular season 7 p.m. Sunday against the Michigan Stars at Wisner Stadium. The team then hosts the Windsor Stars in an exhibition at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cass Tech. The NPSL playoffs start the weekend of July 24-25.

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