Ann Arbor Will Face Dayton in Midwest Region Semifinal

Association Football Club Ann Arbor discovered their July 28th opponent when Dayton Dynamo scored in the 90th minute to secure a 1-0 win over the Erie Commodores Friday evening in Erie.

Ann Arbor will enter Friday’s match as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, and after Miami Fusion FC lost Friday night, The Mighty Oak have now bumped up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the National Premier Soccer League’s Power Rankings.

AFC will square off against the No. 6 seed, Dayton Dynamo, who were members of the Great Lakes division in 2016. Last season, the teams met twice (only two meetings in club history), with the first match resulting in 3 points for Ann Arbor while the contest in Dayton ended in a 1-1 draw.

Although Ann Arbor has never lost to Dayton, Coach Eric Rudland isn’t interested in past results and will look to prepare his side this week in training for an improved Dayton Dynamo, as both clubs look to earn their first trip to a Midwest Region Finals.

"Dayton will be a great test for us. They been been on a good run of results and have performed at a consistent level throughout the 2017 campaign. The match plan is already in the works and we will start our preparations on the field Monday morning," said Coach Rudland. 

The winner of Ann Arbor vs Dayton will take on the winner of Detroit vs Duluth, Saturday evening at 7:30PM for the Midwest Region Championship at Keyworth Stadium.

General admission playoff tickets are $10. Admission to both semifinal matches at Keyworth on Friday is only $10. Fans can save $5 and purchase a weekend pass for $15, which guarantees entry to both semifinal matches and the final on Saturday.

Tickets will open up to the public at tickets.detcityfc.com on Monday, July 24 at 12 PM ET.

All matches will be streamed live on detcityfc.com/watchcity and foxsportsdetroit.com.

Six Award Winners Named for 2017 Season

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Association Football Club Ann Arbor hosted their 2017 team banquet Thursday evening, in the beautiful showroom at Audi of Ann Arbor, The Official Car Dealership of The Mighty Oak.  

The team distributed six awards recognizing the overall MVP, Offensive MVP, Defensive MVP, Ironman, Hometown Hero and the Strength In The Oak award.

“Each of our award winners are deserving and have played a critical role in our organization. With that being said, this has been a collective effort from every man in the team to win the conference and make a positive impact on the pitch and in the community,” said Head Coach & Sporting Director Eric Rudland.

From left to right: James Vaughan, Zam Zisette, Alec Lasinski, Jake Rufe, Yuri Farkas (not pictured: TJ Tomasso) 

From left to right: James Vaughan, Zam Zisette, Alec Lasinski, Jake Rufe, Yuri Farkas (not pictured: TJ Tomasso) 

2017 AFC Ann Arbor Awards

MVP: James Vaughan

Offensive MVP: Yuri Farkas

Defensive MVP: TJ Tomasso

Ironman: Jake Rufe

Hometown Hero: Alec Lasinski

Strength In The Oak: Sam Zisette

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Ann Arbor Close Out Regular Season Undefeated at Hollway

AFC Ann Arbor ran out 1-0 winners over Michigan Stars FC to remain undefeated at Hollway Field this season, earning the clubs first ever NPSL Great Lakes Conference Championship and the inaugural Michigan Milk Cup in the process.  

It was a difficult first half, despite AFC dictating the tempo in the early going. Though the side had loads of possession and several chances, it was Stars who had the best opportunities to take the lead.

Twice in the first half Stars had tucked the ball in the back of the net, but both were correctly ruled offside. The two sides went into the break, deadlock at 0-0.

The second half started brightly for The Mighty Oak. Efforts from Jimmy Fiscus and Jesse Muskwe were on target early on, but neither were able to beat the Stars keeper.

As the match wore on, it became clear that AFC would need a hero. Cue Kwesi “Jep” Allen.

In the 78th minute, Jep received an excellent pass from Tendai after strong play down the wing from the left back. He took a touch inside, picked out the far post, and curled a beautiful ball into the top corner to give AFC the lead, 1-0.

With just over 10 minutes to play, The Mighty Oak brought on several defenders to help shut up shop, with Matt Braem and Chase Pagani coming on. As the Stars pressed for an equalizer, Ann Arbor sat deep and attacked on the counter.

In the end, Jep’s curler was enough to secure a 1-0 victory and put a fine finish on an impressive NPSL Regular Season for The Mighty Oak.

37 points from 14 matches, undefeated at home and first place in the NSPL Great Lakes Western Conference weren’t the only honors for Ann Arbor, as after the match, the side was presented with the inaugural Michigan Milk Cup.

The Michigan Milk Cup is aimed at crowning the top semi-professional side in Michigan.

Coach Rudland was happy with the result, and proud of how the men have continued to perform at home this season.

“I think the guys are obviously comfortable with the pitch, it’s our home field, so we have to have some pride in playing here and I think we did a great job of that this year.” He said.

“The fan support is massive, the community support, all of the sponsors who were involved here on game day and throughout the course of the season play an integral role is us having success here. We had a great run, and hopefully we can get a bid and host some playoff games here as well.”

The Mighty Oak will have a break until July 28th as they wait the results of the Midwest Region Quarterfinals (July 22nd). Visit the NPSL Playoff HQ for more information on the 2017 Playoffs Powered by Mitre.  

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Final Home Match of 2017

Monday’s match is an opportunity for the community to celebrate this team’s amazing season and accomplishments and of course send them into the playoffs with well wishes and support. We’ve got a lot planned Monday so be sure to get your tickets online in advance to save a few extra bucks.
 

1. Great Lakes Champions

With a win over Grand Rapids FC Friday evening The Mighty Oak clinched the regular season Great Lakes title and the first NPSL Championship for the club. Come celebrate with the guys at Hollway Field where the team hasn’t lost since July of 2016.

 

 

2. Michigan Milk Cup Trophy Presentation

After the match, the club will be accepting the second piece of silverware (first is USASA 2015 Region II Amateur Cup Runner Up) as the 2017 campaign earned them the Michigan Milk Cup, a regional contest aimed at crowning Michigan’s top semi-pro soccer team. After the trophy presentation, join the team on-field for post-match autographs.

 

3. Chad Tough Fundraiser - Used Equipment Drive & Silent Auction

Bring your slightly used soccer equipment to Hollway Monday night as we’ll be raising money for the Chad Tough Foundation. The equipment will be sold to Play It Again Sports with 100% of the proceeds going back to the foundation.

 

4. Alumni Day

Former players and coaching staff will be honored right before kick-off as we bring back some notable alumni and former Head Coach from the inaugural season, David Hebestreit.

Team picture from the inaugural season in 2015

Team picture from the inaugural season in 2015

Laith performing at last year's season finale 

Laith performing at last year's season finale 

5. Laith Al-Saadi Performing National Anthem

Ann Arbor’s very own, Laith Al-Saadi will be performing the National Anthem on guitar as he displays his legendary skills that have wowed so many for so long.

 

 

 

6. Wolverines Trooper

Not only can you get a picture with Nutmeg or Miss Moo, two mascots who might be around Monday night, you’ll also get a chance to grab a snap with the infamous Wolverines Trooper.

 

7. Giveaways

Enter for free (must be over 18). Win great stuff from local businesses including Big George’s, Revel N Roll and BTB Burrito.

 

8. Undefeated at Hollway for over 1 year

AFC Ann Arbor hasn’t dropped a contest at home all season long and the streak actually dates back to last July.

 

9. Soccer Plus Kids Zone, Post-Match Autographs + more

Kids can enjoy the Soccer Plus Kids Zone and fans call also try samples from Clean Planet Foods who will also be giving away some free AFC swag! Stick around to meet players and get autographs during the Milk Means More post-match autographs which will take place on-field after the trophy presentation.

 

10. Final Home Match of 2017

We know there’s a good number of you who wouldn’t miss this match for anything but if you’ve been waiting to check out your first AFC Ann Arbor match, Monday will be your last chance this season and it’s the perfect time to learn about this club’s winning ways.

AFC ANN ARBOR CLINCH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 2-1 WIN

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AFC Ann Arbor came from behind to win 2-1 over Grand Rapids FC Friday night, securing the clubs first ever NPSL Great Lakes Championship.

The match started quickly as Grand Rapids FC took a 1-0 lead 61 seconds after play began.  

After the goal, Ann Arbor sat in and controlled possession for the majority of the first half. 

The Mighty Oak came close to an equalizer several times, but were unable to right the ship in the first 45. Efforts from Alec Lasinski and Sam Zisette came closest, but the sides went into the break with Grand Rapids holding a 1-0 lead. 

The Mighty Oak didn't make any changes at the half but came out looking like a completely different side. 

Two goals in a space of two minutes saw an incredible turnaround from AFC. 

The first goal came from a set piece in the 54th minute. James Vaughan curled a ball into the box and Ben Thornton climbed well at the back post to slam home a header and level the match. 

In the blink of an eye, AFC took the lead. It was Yuri Farkas cooly tucking home a low cross to give The Mighty Oak a 2-1 advantage. 

With just over a half hour to play, Ann Arbor brought on several substitutes to see the match out. 

Substitutes Jesse Muskwe and Jep Allen linked up well down the left, looking to hit Grand Rapids on the counter attack. 

Grand Rapids weren't going down without a fight, though. In the 80th minute, a Grand Rapids effort smashed into the post but stayed out. 

The Mighty Oak held firm and stuck to the game plan. With the 4 minutes of added time played, the referee blew the whistle and the celebrations began.

The result earned the first NPSL Conference Championship in AFC Ann Arbor's history in addition to securing the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region Playoffs. The top seed has a bye in the first round of regional action next weekend. Coach Eric Rudland was delighted, but wanted to maintain the focus on the playoff push. The Mighty Oak will play on July 28th in the Midwest Regional Semifinal (location and opponent TBD). 

"It's an exhilarating feeling to win the league, but we've said all year this was our goal." He said. "But we don't want to be happy with [just] this. We want to make a push in the playoffs." 

With one final regular season game left to play, The Mighty Oak will return to Hollway Field on Monday July 17th to take on the Michigan Stars - and they will return as Conference Champions! 

Michigan Cyber Range Match Day Preview: AFC Ann Arbor at Grand Rapids FC

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The Mighty Oak are playing the second of three matches in six days, as they travel to Grand Rapids FC Friday evening for the last road contest of the 2017 regular season.

Ann Arbor has already clinched one of two Great Lakes Division playoff spots and need just one point to secure the Great Lakes Championship. The remaining point needed to secure the top spot not only means the club’s first regular season title but will also lock up the one seed which comes with a bye to the Regional Final Four (Sweet 16 nationally).

AFC enters Friday with a seven game unbeaten streak dating back to the only loss of the season back on May 26, 2017 at Lansing United. In the seven match stretch, Ann Arbor has seen 21 goals from 9 different scorers. The defensive effort, led by goalkeeper TJ Tomasso, has been equally impressive as AFC’s offensive attack, allowing only 8 goals in 12 matches on the season. The combination of strong offensive and defensive efforts has led to The Mighty Oak having the largest goal difference in the entire Midwest Region (next best is 17 from Duluth FC in the NPSL North).

Even though the men have momentum, they’ll have a tough challenge Friday evening as Grand Rapids FC have picked up 13 points in the last 6 matches (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss). The Mighty Oak will enter a hostile environment in Houseman Field, a place where Ann Arbor has has come up empty handed on points in two attempts (2015 GLPL match, 2016 NPSL match). But Coach Rudland doesn’t seem to be worried as the team has trained hard and prepared appropriately as they have all season long.

“We’re not concerned about what’s been done or not done in previous seasons. We’ve prepared for this match just as every other match this season and our form on the road has been good. Our recent reports on Grand Rapids have helped us comprise useful information for our game plan and we are looking forward to the match,” said Coach Rudland.

Keep up with play-by-play updates on Twitter or watch online here.

Ann Arbor Downs Detroit 3-1 Reclaiming First Place

A brace from James Vaughan helped Ann Arbor earn a 3-1 road victory over Detroit City FC

A brace from James Vaughan helped Ann Arbor earn a 3-1 road victory over Detroit City FC

At the second attempt, AFC Ann Arbor came to Hamtramck Tuesday to take on Detroit City FC in NPSL play. 

The match was originally scheduled for Friday July 7th, but due to extreme weather leaving the field in unplayable condition, the match had to be abandoned with just 5 minutes gone on the clock. 

Although the match was delayed, the implications remained high as the top two sides in the divisions looked to battle for position atop the Great Lakes table. 

The first half resumed in the 5th minute Tuesday, and from the off Ann Arbor were on the attack, going close through Kyle Breitmeyer. 

However it was Detroit who made the most of their chances, scoring on the stroke of half time to take a 1-0 lead into the break. 

Going down seemed to wake Ann Arbor up offensively. First it was Yuri Farkas cutting inside on the right, but his effort hit the post and stayed out. 

In the 57th minute, AFC found a lifeline. With a free kick from 25 yards out, James Vaughan stepped up and curled a beautiful free kick into the bottom corner to level the match at 1-1. 

Just 7 minutes later it was Audi of Ann Arbor Man of the Match Alec Lasinski's turn. The former DCFC striker latched onto a loose ball in the box to give his home town side the lead against his former club, 2-1. 

With 25 minutes to play, The Mighty Oak sat in deep to defend, looking to put the game out of reach on the counter attack. 

In the 90th minute, substitute Kwesi Allen did just that. "Jep" slid in behind the defense and rounded the keeper before being dragged down in the box, earning a late penalty for The Mighty Oak. 

Again it was Vaughan who stepped up to take the spot kick. As cool as you like, Vaughan nestled the ball in the back of the net to secure a critical 3 points away from home. 

After a hard fought road victory, Coach Rudland lauded the mentality in the side, especially in the second half.

"That was a big part of our half time talk was 'Hey, mentally we've got to stay with one another here." He said. "We've got to stay together and we'll work through this."

Speaking to the tactical adjustments, Coach Rudland felt that the substitutes helped shift the momentum for Ann Arbor, singling out the Man of the Match Performance by Alec Lasinski.

"When we brought Alec on, which we knew we wanted as our first change in the second half, he was fantastic." 

The result sees AFC Ann Arbor return to the top of the NPSL Great Lakes Division Table with 31 points from 12 league matches. 

AFC Ann Arbor play the final away match of the regular season as they take on Grand Rapids FC, Friday night at 7:30, before heading back to Hollway Field on Monday for the final home match of the regular season versus Michigan Stars. 

Ann Arbor Clinches 2017 Playoff Berth

Association Football Club Ann Arbor clinched a 2017 postseason berth after a Lansing United loss Friday evening mathematically confirmed Ann Arbor could not finish below second in the Great Lakes Conference. 

Ann Arbor is only in its second year in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a team comprised of 96 teams nationally, and have qualified for the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in arguably one of the toughest regions in the country.

The clubs success has been driven by Head Coach and Sporting Director, Eric Rudland, who is thrilled with his team’s efforts so far but said there is plenty of work left to be done.

He added, “Every season we want to be in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs, for me that is this sign of a competitive club. So to advance to the playoffs for our second year in a row is a tremendous step for the culture of our club. A lot of the credit goes to our owners, who all want to see the club succeed. They have devoted their time and finances which has positioned the club to have success on the field. Finally, you have to have the horses to run the race. In our case the the players we have are not only talented, they have molded well into a collective unit and are hungry to win.”

Last year’s team earned a 6-3-3 and record in the Great Lakes and secured their postseason fate on the last match of the regular season. This summer, the men have locked up one of two playoff spots with three matches remaining and have only dropped one contest all season long. Rudland is thrilled with the production and work rate of his team but The Mighty Oak remain focused on securing the number one spot in the conference.

Rudland said, “It's a big accomplishment. We all know that our conference of the NPSL is arguably the most competitive in the nation, so to qualify for the playoffs with 3 matches still remaining speaks volumes for our organization and our players. With that said, we still have 3 very important regular season matches on the table and want to finish our league play in good form and push to finish 1st in the conference.”

When asked if the large number of returning players from last years team have unfinished business, Rudland replied, “For sure. All of the returning players have a chip on their shoulder. The way we went out of the play offs last year was devastating. We all feel a sense of producing in the playoffs and proving that we are worthy of playing on a national stage.”

Click here for more information on the NPSL Playoffs. 

AFC Ann Arbor travels to Hamtramck Tuesday evening to play Detroit City FC at 7:30PM in a match that was rescheduled due to unplayable field conditions at Keyworth Stadium caused my severe thunderstorms Friday evening, July 7th.

Michigan Cyber Range Match Preview: AFC Ann Arbor at Detroit City FC

The Mighty Oak enter the home stretch of the 2017 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) regular season atop the Great Lakes Division table with just 3 matches remaining. For the second consecutive week, Ann Arbor finds itself ranked 2nd in the NPSL power rankings.

AFC will travel to Hamtramck to take on the NPSL’s 7th ranked team in the nation, Detroit City FC who have won eight straight league matches climbing their way to within two points of Ann Arbor.

Friday’s match marks only the 4th time the club’s have met, the first of which was Ann Arbor’s only trip to Keyworth which resulted in a 1-1 draw. Each club took 3 points in the next two matches respectively, bringing the series to an even 1-1-1 record for each club.

Although AFC has been atop the table for the majority of the 2017 campaign, Coach Rudland’s group still feel like they have something to prove.

“The most important thing is that our players are really hungry at the moment to prove what they can do. So I expect our group to be up for the match this Friday,” added Rudland.

Ann Arbor has shown depth across the pitch allowing different guys to step up and make an impact throughout 11 matches. In the last 6 matches, 9 different players have scored 18 goals for The Mighty Oak.

In addition to the multiple offensive threats, AFC Ann Arbor has earned 6 clean sheets in 11 matches. Outside of mainstay TJ Tomasso (GK) who has been brilliant the entire season, the backline has seen 8 players contribute significant minutes to hold opponents to only 7 goals so far (5 less than the next team at 12).

“Just as we have had a few different goal scorers we have had a healthy rotation of players in the back for us down the stretch. I think the mentality of the backline has been fantastic. They are all warriors who really want to sacrifice and make plays for the team, whether that means starting, coming on as a sub or pushing other players in training. We are not perfect by any means but the men at the back for us all have a hunger to compete,” said Rudland.

He added, “TJ has been everything that people told me he would be for our club. He's a veteran with a blue collar mentality. He's the first guy in training and usually the last guy to leave. He has earned the respect of his teammates and the coaching staff, not only for his performances in critical moments, but also by the way he goes about his daily business.”


Tickets for Friday’s match at Detroit City FC can be purchased here or watch the game by following this link.

AFC Take Revenge on Home Soil, Beat Lansing United 1-0

Kaleb Jackson scored the lone goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Lansing United

Kaleb Jackson scored the lone goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Lansing United

AFC Ann Arbor secured an important three points at Hollway Field Saturday night, defeating Lansing United 1-0. 

There weren’t many clear opportunities for either side to take advantage of early on.

Audi of Ann Arbor Man of the Match TJ Tomasso was the star of the first half, making several terrific saves to keep it scoreless.

On the stroke of half time, Kaleb Jackson gave The Mighty Oak the lead after Alec Lasinski’s effort was parried into his path.

His volley was the last action of the half and AFC took a 1-0 advantage into the break.

KJ's goal changed proceedings. Lansing had to put their foot on the gas offensively, which left space in behind for The Mighty Oak to exploit.

Speaking with Coach Eric Rudland, he felt Ann Arbor were prepared for the tactical challenge Lansing presented.

“We were prepared for Lansing to play in a couple different systems. They played in a system that we were prepared for.” He said. “We actually wanted to sit a little bit deeper and invite them to come out and play and hopefully open up space to get in behind and find ways to get the goal.”

Tendai Jirira and Yuri Farkas linked up well on the left hand side but neither were able to put the game out of reach.

Late substitute Kwesi Allen came close deep in stoppage time as his effort beat the keeper but grazed the outside of the far post and stayed out.

The Mighty Oak held on and secured a crucial three points to remain on top of the NPSL Great Lakes Western Conference.

The result puts Ann Arbor 2 points clear at the top with 28 points from 11 matches.

The Mighty Oak will hit the road Friday as they prepare to take on Detroit City FC at 7:30 pm.

Michigan Cyber Range Match Preview: AFC Ann Arbor vs Lansing United

The Mighty Oak enter Saturday’s contest as the #2 team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). AFC Ann Arbor look to avenge their only loss of the season when they host Lansing United at Hollway Field (Pioneer High School) at 7PM.

Coach Rudland, who coached Lansing United from 2014-15, and his team are preparing for Saturday’s match just like any other contest, but with more familiarity of their opponent than earlier in the season.  

He added, “Our first match vs Lansing was defined by conceding early, and even though we had a flurry of chances in the second half we came up short. Each match is always different so we are preparing for them based on our updated reports and taking into consideration our personnel, form and the fact that we will be at home.”

While Lansing has dropped their last two matches (to Kalamazoo FC and Grand Rapids FC), Ann Arbor enters Saturday’s match undefeated at home in 2017 while holding their position at the top of the table all season long. Visiting Lansing United are still in post-season contention entering Saturday’s Match as the 3rd place side in the conference.

AFC continue to show immense depth both offensively and defensively, which allows them to rotate players without impeding the chemistry of the team. Since the May 26th away match at Lansing United, Ann Arbor has registered 17 goals from 9 different players. Jesse Muskwe, Kyle Breitmeyer, Yuri Farkas, Alec Lasinski, Kaleb Jackson, Jimmy Fiscus, Hector Morales, James Vaughan and Amadou Cisse.

Defensively, Ann Arbor will see Sam Zisette, Ben Thornton and Matthieu Braem all returning to the line-up after minor injuries. The return of these key defenders accompanied by the exceptional goalkeeping of TJ Tomasso adds even more depth to a backline that has tallied five clean sheets in just ten matches.

"The message to the men is plain and simple, day in and day out we must get better. Our training mentality has been leaps and bounds above where it was last year and I think the men all feel a hunger to keep pushing forward as a group. We have to approach each match like we are playing against the top team in the league and continue approach each match one at a time," said Rudland. 

Gates open at 6PM for the 7PM kick, and tickets are available to purchase at a discounted rate online until 2PM Saturday. Tickets will also be available at the gate Saturday ($10 adult/$6 youth/ Kids 1, 2 and 3 are free). Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Getting to the match

Due to construction, southbound South Main Street will be closed at Pauline Boulevard. Follow detour signs and enter Pioneer HS parking lot via back entrance off of Seventh St. Northbound travelers on Main Street can still use the main entrance and using this entrance is highly encouraged if possible.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Saturday's AFC Ann Arbor Match

1. The Mighty Oak are undefeated at home in 2017

2. Soccer Plus Kids Zone + Post Match Autographs

The Soccer Plus Kids Zone offers kids a chance to test their skills and have some fun and opens when gates do at 6PM. Stick around after the match to meet the team and get autographs from your favorite players. 

 

3. Nationally ranked #2 out of 96 NPSL teams

4. Giveaways

We've got giveaways from our amazing sponsors including Big George's, Revel N Roll and Clean Planet Foods! 

5. Meet Nutmeg the Squirrel

6. AFC looks to avenge the only loss of the season

7. Coach Rudland faces his former club at home for only the second time

Last year's meeting in Ann Arbor was one of the most memorable matches in club history. After going down 2-0, The Mighty Oak switched gears and score 3 goals in the final 11 minutes to comeback and defeat Lansing United. Since then, the rivalry between the clubs has taken on a whole new meaning. 

8. Food Trucks

 

9. Last weekend match of 2017

 

10. Michigan Milk Cup Implications

Ann Arbor has 4 matches left in the regular season, 3 of which count towards the Michigan Milk Cup. AFC is currently in first place in the race for the inaugural Michigan Milk Cup and a win over Lansing United would put them one step closer to winning the cup. 

First Place AFC Ann Arbor Cruise to 5-0 Victory Over Indiana

Yuri Farkas had two assists and a goal Saturday to earn him Audi Ann Arbor Man of the Match

Yuri Farkas had two assists and a goal Saturday to earn him Audi Ann Arbor Man of the Match

AFC Ann Arbor hosted FC Indiana for the first time in club history Saturday evening. The 5-0 victory saw five different goal scorers, which was enough to tie to club records.

After both teams settled in, Ann Arbor wasted no time finding opportunities to strike first. In the 8’, 9’ and 10’ quality chances came for The Mighty Oak who were unable to convert in the early minutes of the match. In the 12’ Jesse Muskwe was able to convert AFC's 4th opportunity in just a few minutes.

Ann Arbor continued to pressure Indiana after the first goal as left back Tendai Jiraira and forward Alec Lasinski linked up for some great combinations which lead to even more opportunities on net.

From there, Farkas began penetrating deeper into the attacking third, laying off multiple balls to teammates that were goal scoring chances. In the 26’ he found Kyle Breitmeyer streaking up the right side, played a perfect ball which Breitmeyer calmly collected with his chest and played the next touch with his feet to the back of the net making it 2-0 AFC Ann Arbor which held until half.

Ann Arbor showed no complacency and began the second half bringing even more pressure than in the first. Goals from Alec Lasinski (49’) and Farkas (51’) opened up a 4-0 nothing lead just minutes into the second half.

The final goal came from Amadou Cisse (65’) making it 5-0 Ann Arbor with goals coming from 5 different players. The victory matches a club record set earlier this month against Michigan Stars FC for largest margin of victory and most goals in a game. This match however was played at Hollway (the Stars was an away match) which marks two new home records for AFC.

Defensively, the back line was solid and consistent throughout the match. TJ Tomasso was unphased by the few quality shot attempts by FC Indiana and had a lot of help from his supporting cast of David Cross, Jimmy Fiscus, Jake Rufe and Jiraira.

AFC Ann Arbor returns to action Saturday July 1st as they look to avenge their only loss of the season when they host Lansing United at 7PM. The Mighty Oak are unbeaten at home in 2017 and have only two remaining matches at Hollway Field (July 1, July 17).

 

 

 

 

Michigan Cyber Range Match Day Preview: AFC Ann Arbor vs FC Indiana - Saturday, June 24th at 7PM

In the midst of a three game home stand, FC Indiana will travel to Ann Arbor for the first time, just two weeks removed from the two clubs first meeting in Lafayette, IN. Gates open at 6PM for the 7PM kickoff at Pioneer High School's Hollway Field, Saturday, June 24th. 

The Mighty Oak were able take 3 points on the road in the June 9th contest, led by a strong all-around team performance in the first half which featured Ann Arbor up 4-0 at the break. FC Indiana fought back earning two second half goals but fell short of completing the comeback as the deficit was too large to overcome.

Ann Arbor will look to add to its narrow cushion at the top of the table with just five matches remaining on the season. The traveling Great Lakes Conference side, FC Indiana, will be looking for revenge Saturday evening. Aware of the challenge, Coach Rudland and his team will be ready for the contest.

“We’re looking forward to being at home again tomorrow. We know that despite Indiana’s place in the table they have a lot of quality in their team and gave us a good game when we traveled to their home field two weeks ago. Our men have to approach every game from here on out with respect for the opponent and desire to get three points,” said Rudland.

Tickets for tomorrow’s 7PM kick will be available to purchase online until 2PM on Saturday and then at the gate beginning at 6PM.  

 

Getting to the match

Due to construction, southbound South Main Street will be closed at Pauline Boulevard. Follow detour signs and enter Pioneer HS parking lot via back entrance off of Seventh St. Northbound travelers on Main Street can still use the main entrance and using this entrance is highly encouraged if possible.

Also note the Ann Arbor Jaycee’s Summer Carnival will be going on be sure to stop by and check out some rides before or after the match.  

 

Match promotions

St. Joe’s Night- First 250 fans get a free seat cushion

Win ICC tickets to watch the match with AFC at Comerica Park

Big George’s Gift Card Giveaway

Saline FC Volunteer Appreciation Night

 

St. Joe’s Night Set for June 24th

As the Official Wellness Partner of AFC Ann Arbor, Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and The Mighty Oak have teamed up for St. Joe’s Night set to take place on Saturday, June 24th, when Ann Arbor hosts FC Indiana at 7PM.

St. Joe’s will provide free stadium seat cushions to the first 250 fans (gates open at 6pm) in addition to offering discounted tickets to all Saint Joseph Mercy Health System associates.

MOVE Wellness and Probility Physical Therapy will also be on-site that evening. MOVE will have equipment available for fans to test out and learn first hand the benefits of Pilates and gyrotonics. Probility Physical Therapy, who provides AFC Ann Arbor players with injury prevention and treatment, will also be offering free injury assessments to fans.

Leading up to St. Joe’s Night on the 24th, the hospital will also be sponsoring the St. Joe’s Adult Soccer Clinic at Scicluna Field at Eastern Michigan University. Registration is free and the event is open to the public for adults of all ages and ranges wanting to learn, or fine tune their soccer skills and knowledge. Register for free here.

 

About AFC Ann Arbor

Associate Football Club (AFC) Ann Arbor sprung roots in the summer of 2015 competing in the Great Lakes Premier League. In 2016, The Mighty Oak as they’re also known, bumped up to the National Premier Soccer League to compete at an even higher level joining the likes of Lansing United and Detroit City FC. In their inaugural season in the NPSL, Ann Arbor was one of sixteen teams (out of 96) to qualify for the playoffs. After a successful inaugural campaign in the NPSL, The Mighty Oak have been in 1st place all season long in the Great Lakes Conference.