Weekend Road Trip Report: Foothils WFC

California, USA - Foothills WFC travelled to California this past weekend to play two important games. The first was played on Friday, June 22nd vs. So Cal Crush FC, and the second match was played on Sunday, June 24th vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat.

The first game versus So Cal Crush was a battle, and it wasn’t until the last few minutes of play that the Foothills put themselves on top. In the 81st minute, forward Alex Lamontagne made a great run to keep the ball in play and put a cross in the box for Joëlle Gosselin to finish the goal. Shortly after, Lamontagne gave the team some insurance and scored off of a long ball from keeper Stephanie Labbé, making the final score 2-0 for the Foothills.

Head Coach Troye Flannery was content with the result on the road saying, “It was a good professional performance away from home, small pitch, fast surface and athletic opposition meant we needed to be poised and patient which we grew into as the game wore on. I was pleased with our game changers as they came into the match with specific roles and all of them followed through. Happy to see Joelle and Alex on the score sheet and excited for Jordan as she returns to the pitch after a year of rehabilitation from injury. Another clean sheet for Steph as the young back four settled as well as a strong game from Amanda Pak.”

After a day of recovery and rest the Foothills WFC travelled to Santa Clarita to play the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, who currently sit a few points behind them on the UWS West Conference table.

The Foothills dominated the first half, creating many goal scoring opportunities. Both teams fought hard and the score remained 0-0 at half. It wasn’t until 60th minute that the Blue Heat set themselves apart, scoring off of a long ball. The Foothills battled hard to equalize, but were unable to do enough and Santa Clarita put in their second of the game in the 88th minute.

Coach Flannery, obviously disappointed with the first loss of the season, still had many positive things to say about the game, and looks at it as a learning opportunity. “The first half was how I’d expect us to play, we were creative, comfortable in possession and were chipping away at the right habits, but not quite ruthless enough and left a few opportunities in the half. Teams with players like Santa Clarita has will punish you for that and did so on the second half as we let some of the details go and began forcing things a little. We are very much in the hunt, still top of table with two massive fixtures remaining – and we will go after it.”

The Foothills WFC will host the Santa Clarita Blue Heat in a rematch game next Saturday, June 30th in Calgary, AB. It is sure to be a suspenseful and exciting game as they will fight to secure their spot at the top of the table, with the end goal of heading to the UWS Championships. Tickets are available at the gate or at www.foothillsfc.ca

Rob Jenkins