Troy United faced off against Detroit Union on a hot 87-degree day at The Hawk in Farmington Hills. As the temperature kept rising, the action on the field was hot as well.
Coming into this game, Troy United had conceded in the first 10 minutes of their past two games and looked to avoid having that happen again.
In the 4th minute, Troy United turned over the ball in their half, leading to a Detroit Union counter-attacking opportunity that ended up with the ball in the back of the net. Detroit Union took an early lead of 1-0.
Troy United struggled for most of the first half, getting the ball past the Detroit Union backline. Turnovers kept plaguing the Troy United team as the first half continued and kept giving Detroit Union opportunities.
Troy United had their first good opportunity of the game in the 14th minute as Brayden Stavros took a shot from 10 yards out, but the shot went just wide of the post.
Yianni Kanellopoulos played a massive role in Troy United’s game today. In his first game in goal for Troy, Kanellopoulos made multiple key saves, keeping the scoreline at 1-0 throughout the first half.
In 1st half stoppage time, Detroit Union got a corner kick that ended up with some chaos within the box, but the ball got to a Detroit Union boot and was put into the back of the net. Detroit Union took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Troy United started the second half up-tempo, trying to cut the deficit in half. Both teams had good opportunities within the first 10 minutes of the second half.
A beautiful cross in the 67th minute from the halfway line lands at the feet of Francisco Calderon, who takes it on the breakaway and puts it into the back of the net at the far post to cut the deficit for Troy to 2-1.
Kanellopoulos made a massive save in the 73rd minute to keep it a one-goal game. It was Kanellopoulos’ 7th save on the day, and he would have a few more before the day was over.
Calderon came back 10 minutes later with an opportunity to make it a brace for himself as he had a great shot on goal, but it ended up in the goalkeeper's hands.
The 88th minute saw Detroit Union get a breakaway shot on goal off a turnover that was blocked by Kanellopoulos, who came out into the front of the box. Union still controlled the ball; they took another shot that was cleared off the line, but on the third time of asking, the ball was in the back of the net, and it was a Detroit Union 3-1 lead.
Troy tried to get a second in the remaining few moments of the game, but the final whistle blew, and it was a victory for Detroit Union.
Even though the results aren’t exactly what everybody wants to see right now, the team chemistry builds during each game that is played, which will lead to more positive results.
“We barely knew each other's names before the Lansing Common game, so now we are starting to really gel and understand each other's tendencies,” Jalyn Beecham said during postgame. “Hopefully, once we get deeper into league play, that bond shows.”
Troy United is still looking for their first win on the season, and their next opportunity will be back at The Hawk next week. United will face off against Fort Wayne 1927 SC at 2 pm on June 10.
Don’t forget to sign up for Troy United's first golf outing that will be held on July 14 at 1:30 P.M. The fundraiser will be held at the Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Macomb, MI.
To register for the outing, click here.