Cyrus Saydee's goal in the 57th minute lifted Detroit City FC to a 2-1 victory over Lansing United Sunday, enabling the club to clinch a berth in the National Premier Soccer League postseason.
The victory at East Lansing Soccer Complex, which was Le Rouge's ninth straight, also enabled the team to move ahead of AFC Ann Arbor in the NPSL Great Lakes Conference.
Detroit (9-2-1, 29 points) and Ann Arbor (9-1-1, 28 points) meet 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Keyworth Stadium in a makeup of a match that was abandoned Friday due to a waterlogged pitch.
Lansing United's James DeCosemo opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, placing the ball on the inside of the left post. It was his third career goal against DCFC.
Three minutes later, Le Rouge's Shawn Lawson leveled it on a pass from Bakie Goodman.
The loss drops third-place Lansing United (6-0-6, 18 points) out of playoff contention with two matches left in the regular season.
After Saydee's goal, DCFC kept applying pressure. Goodman unleashed a shot from outside the box in the 76th minute that required Lansing goalkeeper Jimmy Hague to make a diving save.
"I think our motto is we don't really worry about our opponent or scoreline or playoffs or what's going on ... once you score you have to keep pushing," DCFC coach Ben Pirmann said. "It was a little disappointing in the first half. I thought we allowed them too much time and space and then they were jazzed up. They played a really good game in the first half and were really well organized and well coached.
"They played Friday night and wore down a little bit and wanted to make sure we kept pushing because that was going to give us the advantage."