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.