Kalamazoo FC’s home opener and second regular season game came against Lansing United on Sunday, May 15 at Mayors Riverfront Park. The team’s first home match of the regular season had an attendance of almost 1,300 people and ended in a draw with a score of 0–0.
Opportunities came early. Striker Jay McIntosh almost got KZFC on the board early with a shot off the post three minutes into the match. Kalamazoo FC pressured hard for the first 15 minutes, but Lansing returned the favor shortly after. The game tempo continued to increase throughout the first half. In the later part of the first half, Lansing had their opportunities on goal, but were thwarted by keeper and Man of the Match Elijah Michaels. After strong goalkeeping from both sides and aggressive, defensive play, the teams went into the second half with a score of 0-0.
The second half began without major opportunity from either side, with strong defensive lines swiping potentially dangerous plays aside. The first real looks at goal were from Kalamazoo FC, but mishit shots and some errant corners kept the score line at zero. KZFC had three shots that rang off the post and another attempt snuffed out by the Lansing United keeper right on the goal line. The game opened up in the second half, with each side trading threating runs and crosses, but all lacked the final touch.
In the closing minutes, Kalamazoo FC’s right back Hunter Vandenboom almost snatched victory with an impressive shot that just missed wide, but when the final whistle blew, each side took just a point.
Next Sunday, Kalamazoo FC plays host to Detroit City FC, while Lansing United welcome the Michigan Stars to the state capital.