Detroit City FC exorcised some demons, having been eliminated from postseason contention a few days ago, by dismantling Milwaukee Torrent, 6-1, Sunday in National Premier Soccer League play before 5,332 spectators at Keyworth Stadium.
Shawn Lawson scored twice (42' and 93') while David Edwardson (20'), Trevor Amann (49') Jonathan Barnes (82') and Jakub Svehlik (85') each added one for DCFC (5-3-3, 18 points), whose last victory came in a 1-0 win June 15 at Milwaukee.
Mark Hutchinson had the lone goal for Milwaukee (2-5-4, 10 points).
After a valiant, but costly, 4-4 draw against Grand Rapids FC on Friday that officially eliminated Le Rouge from the Great Lakes Conference playoff race, DCFC played with an unbridled pursuit of goals.
"We've been playing better the last three games (two draws and a victory) and I think we've put both sides of the attack and the defending together finally," DCFC coach Ben Pirmann said.
"The biggest thing was we made 11 changes, which I think in my six years of coaching is the first time I have ever done that. There was a couple of reasons for it, but they were fresh, most of those guys were fresh."
Edwardson opened the proceedings in the 20th minute with a heat-sinking missile from 19 yards out that eluded the Milwaukee goalkeeper to his left.
Hutchinson's equalizer 13 minutes later, which was the product of a DCFC defensive breakdown, featured a sublime finish on the half-volley.
Lawson's first goal restored DCFC's lead in the 42nd minute.
The former Oakland University talisman started up front with Roddy Green, who took the initial shot that was saved by Milwaukee goalkeeper Agustin Rey, but Lawson pounced on the rebound.
Lawson's second goal in stoppage time was a thunderbolt, which raised the striker's tally in NPSL play to a team-leading 6. Barnes, who notched his first goal in a DCFC uniform eight minutes early, served up the precise pass for Lawson to slam it home from 17 yards.
Svehlik also scored his second goal in as many games.
"I think about Jakub and I think about Jonathan, those two additions toward the end of May have been tremendous," Pirmann said. "It's probably been bad coaching. It took me too long to integrate them into bigger roles."
"That's one of the tough spots with summer soccer. You have guys coming in and out and you don't build a ton of cohesion. And now our cohesion is kind is there and we have guys playing better than earlier in the year."
DCFC finishes its NPSL schedule Saturday at Kalamazoo before hosting Liga MX side Necaxa Tuesday, July 10, at Keyworth Stadium. The club also hosts amateur side Windsor Tuesday, July 24, and Italian Serie A's Frosinone Calcio in friendlies July 31. Kickoff for all three matches is 7:30.