On Saturday evening, Troy United traveled to Orchard Lake to face off against Michigan Jaguars FC. With only two games remaining, this game would be crucial for Troy United if they wanted to finish within the top half of the table. The two teams were only separated by three points in the table coming into this game, so if anybody could come away with a victory, it would give a clearer picture of where they might finish this season.
The game started slowly for both teams, with neither team getting any great opportunities within the first 15 minutes.
The game's first opportunity came in the 17th minute when Jaguars were awarded a free kick from just about 25 yards out. The shot made it around the Troy wall, and it took a diving save from Thad Petty to keep the ball out of the net. Still 0-0 early on.
Troy’s first opportunity came in the 25th minute when two great shots came within the box, but the Jaguars keeper made two fantastic saves to ensure the game stayed scoreless.
Jaguars had another excellent opportunity in the 36th minute off a free kick once again, but it hit the crossbar and was cleared out of the box by Troy. That would be the last meaningful opportunity before the half, and both teams went into the locker room with the score still reading 0-0.
Both teams returned to the red turf for the second half and kept playing as if the first half had never ended.
Shane Renshaw had a beautiful cross in the 55th minute that ended up at the feet of Nathan Boos at the top of the box, but the Jaguars goalkeeper once again made the save.
Another good opportunity came for Troy in the 62nd minute when Mateo Phillips crossed the ball to Renshaw, who had a great run in on net, but the shot went just above the crossbar.
Time continued to march on as both teams looked for an icebreaker, but nobody could find the back of the net.
The Jaguars had an opportunity in the 83rd minute that saw them get in on net, but the ball went just wide of the top corner of the post.
The Jaguars had the last opportunity of the game in the 86th minute that saw them get on the fast break and get the ball past Petty, but thankfully for Troy United, the official's flag was up, and it was ruled offside.
The full-time whistle blew, as both teams walked away with one point in a 0-0 draw.
Only one game remains on Troy United’s 2023 MWPL schedule. They head home to The Hawk for one final time as they are scheduled to face off against Tulip City United. Game time is scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday the 22nd.