Detroit City FC lets one-goal leads slip away

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Detroit City FC’s Jeff Adkins, right, battles with Lansing United's Dewey Lewis.

Hamtramck — Detroit City FC coach Ben Pirmann was frustrated following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Lansing United at Keyworth Stadium.

Le Rouge gave up a pair of one-goal leads, which Pirmann said needed to change.

“We scored twice and you think at home that’s enough,” Pirmann said. “It was sloppy on our part and it’s bad coaching. We’ve given up a goal in five out of six league games to start the second half. We’ve emphasized it, but we’ve got to get going better defensively. I say it every game, but we’ve got to refocus.”

Tommy Catalano (33 minutes) and Jeff Adkins (78 minutes) scored for Le Rouge (1-1-3 NPSL West).

James DeCosemo (46 minutes) and Alec Greene (83 minutes) scored for Lansing United (1-2-4 West).

“I guess the word to describe it would be defiance,” Lansing United coach Nate Miller said of the draw. “We were outmanned a little bit at times. Detroit City played really well. I thought they were coming right at us.”

Detroit maintained control for much of the first half. Catalano had a pair of scoring chances before breaking the scoreless tie in the 33rd minute.

“Tommy was excellent,” Pirmann said. “He’s not a striker, but he played to perfection.”

Detroit City FC led 1-0 at halftime.

DeCosemo’s goal in the 46th minute tied it for Lansing.

Catalano had four solid scoring chances in the second half, none of which found the back of the net. In the 66th minute, he sent a kick across the goalmouth, but could not score.

“Unfortunately, we should have buried them,” Catalano said. “I should have had four or five goals in the first half. It’s frustrating, but we connected well up top and we’re getting chances. That’s a good thing.”

Adkins blasted home the rebound of a Javi Bautista shot in the 78th minute, giving Le Rouge a 2-1 lead before Greene’s goal, in traffic, tied it.

In the 44th minute, after a scrum that saw Catalano and Lansing’s Jake Prud’homme receive yellow cards, Prud’homme stomped — a la Ndamakong Suh – on Catalano. Le Rouge assistant Josh Rogers appeared to take exception with the officiating, and was ejected.

“It’s just bad refereeing,” Pirmann said. “A guy stomps on our guy and they didn’t want to deal with it.”

Prud’homme did not play the remainder of the game. Miller said that move was more precautionary than anything.

Supporters from both teams sported rainbow flags, and a moment of silence was held to honor the more than 100 victims of the shooting early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Al Willman is a freelance writer.