Huge 5-0 win for Foothills WFC starts 2019
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Foothills WFC were the first visitors to Regina for a UWS match against the expansion Queen City United, and showed no mercy.
A 5-0 win, on the strength of four goals from 18 year old Tanya Boychuk, many of the spectacular variety, allowed the Calgary team to pick up where they left off in the Western conference of the United Women's Soccer league in their 2019 debut.
Coach Troye Flannery said while the conditions at Regina Rugby Park were rough, the team made the right adjustments, especially at halftime only up by one.
"We clarified our habits. We didn't have a great flow but in the second half we were more ruthless and direct in the wider channels."
Goals from the wider channels came in abundance from Boychuk, who placed two different balls far side to the upper corners behind Regina keeper Brynn Nash.
The Edmontonian, who just finished her first season with the University of Memphis Tigers, then showed some amazing footwork to weave through defenders to place her fourth in the net.
Rehana Murani, a medical doctor, finished off the scoring in extra time with a quick tip in shot inside the six yard box.
"It was a tough game. But we set a goal and worked through it to get the win," she said.
After nine months between games, Murani said the waiting is tough but games like this are what soccer is all about.
"After all the training and mental preparation, we have to make it mean something. Away wins mean more because of playing through the adversity of the conditions around it."
For Queen City's inaugural match, the Foothills coach was impressed with the game day event itself.
"It was a good crowd with good people. We wanted to introduce them to the standard of the league.
"They will need time just like we did (in 2017), I'm pretty excited to have them in the league.
The roster of Queen city is mostly made up of player from the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Regina Cougars, who Flannery was familiar with as coach of the Calgary Dinos.
"They are young and athletic, they’re new and coming together. They will continue to grow as the season goes longer."
The teams won't have to wait long for the rematch, as Calgary's Foothills Fieldhouse will host these two clubs on Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm.
Each team plays and eight game season, twice against each of their divisional opponents, and only the pennant winner get to travel to the national championships in August.