Match Report July 21: Foothills WFC vs Houston Aces: UWS National Championship Semi-Final

Written by Catherine Guzstak

Grand Rapids, Michigan - After a very strong season, the Foothills WFC fell just short in the National Championship Semi-final game this past Saturday July 21st vs. the Houston Aces in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Foothills WFC started the game strong, dominating for the first twenty minutes and creating several goal scoring opportunities. Jessie Jones opened the score in the 8th minute off of a perfectly placed free kick just outside of the box. The Aces equalized in the 31st minute and then put themselves ahead in first half stoppage time, making the score 2-1 at the end of the half.

The Foothills fought hard to get back in to the game, but they unfortunately could not do enough and Houston put another goal away making the final score 3-1.

Head Coach Troye Flannery was disappointed with the result, but proud of his team for what they accomplished this season saying, “I am disappointed for the team; we had a game plan, we came out magnificently and scored the early goal. We then got away from what we wanted to do and what was working which in turn saw the game get away from us. We chased the game in the second half, generated a couple opportunities but it didn’t come off.” 

“Credit to Houston -  an experienced side who proved to be difficult to contain out of possession.” 

“We are a young group: three 16-year-olds, two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old on the field to end that game with some class experience around them. I am proud of that, and how we represented the club, city and country from day-one. We will be back.” 

Although the Foothills season fell one game short, they have much to be proud of and as the only Canadian team in the UWS. They represented Canada, Calgary and Foothills with poise and honor, battling hard throughout the entire season. They improved on their performance from last season by winning the Western Conference and they will be looking to take it one step further next season and bring home the National Championship trophy. 

(Photo Credit: Stuart Gradon, Total Soccer Project)

Rob Jenkins