Association Football Club Ann Arbor travelled to Berkley, MI Friday where they took on Michigan Stars FC. In an evening to remember, The Mighty Oak put 5 goals past Stars and kept a clean sheet to earn a comfortable 5-0 victory.
The scoring started early, first through Kaleb Jackson. In his first start for the club, Jackson snuck in behind the backline and found himself one-on-one with the Stars keeper. He kept a cool head and tucked the finish away to put Ann Arbor up 1-0.
Just 17 minutes later it was Kyle Breitmeyer getting in on the action. After some great play down the right, KB9 saw his opportunity and took it, hammering the ball into the top corner to double The Mighty Oak advantage.
With the score at 2-0, Stars went into halftime with their work cut out for them.
In the 2nd half, The Mighty Oak continued to pile on the pressure. Barely 8 minutes had passed before Audi Ann Arbor Man of the Match, Jimmy Fiscus, got involved in the scoring. He found himself unmarked at the top of the six-yard box, and with little left to do he headed the ball in the back of the net to make it 3-0.
The game looked to be over at that point, but Ann Arbor were taking no chances. In the 64th minute, Alec Lasinski came off the bench and jumped straight into the action. His first touch was part of a one-two that left him wide open inside the box and with his second touch he slammed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 4-0.
Just 8 minutes later, James Vaughan put the icing on the cake. His sublime freekick curled over the wall and past the outstretched hands of the Stars keeper to give AFC their 5th goal of the evening. With just under 20 minutes to go, AFC brought in several substitutions and closed out another important NPSL victory.
Following the match, AFC head coach Eric Rudland shared his thoughts on the importance of the win.
“At this stage in the game, every point we get is huge.” He said. “To get 3 points tonight is great. It keeps us moving in the direction that we want to move in.”
Ann Arbor’s NPSL campaign continues Friday, June 9th as The Mighty Oak head to Lafayette, Indiana to take on FC Indiana.