A Big Test and a Bigger Performance from Foothills WFC under the Friday Night Lights
From the opening kick it was a ruthless fixture.
Foothills WFC kept their perfect record after three games in 2019 with a 1-0 win over Santa Clarita Friday night at Mount Royal University's stadium field.
Tanya Boychuk's 21st minute blast, her sixth goal of the season, was all the home side needed in a strong performance against a high quality opponent in the United Women’s Soccer National League's Western Conference.
Head Coach Troye Flannery said they came out from the start of the game famously.
"Our start was exceptional. We did what we talked about doing and what we had worked on at the training ground. I am proud of the group."
He said the second half was tougher.
"When you are up 1-0, your shoulders are a bit higher, and tighter. They are a ruthless team and a very good team, with some quality in attack which made things difficult.”
The Blue Heat's chances were few and seemingly from created moments, rather than sustained pressure.
"We were organized,” the coach said. "We had a new back four, an emergency call-up, and some new faces to the 11 but we were connected and committed.”
"We looked like a team and that's how we need to play."
Star forwards from last year's conference champions Alex Lamontagne and Mya Jones returned to the team recently and saw action for the first time this year in the match. Though not converting their chances into goals, both seemed very comfortable and were busy in possession.
"They are special players," the coach said after the match. "There is a reason why Alex, Mya, Tanya and Sarah Kinzner have played for Canada. We need those players.
“You want to play games like this, teams like this, they possess so much quality all through their 11 and for us it’s what we want - to be tested and tormented throughout 90 minutes. We have a 17 year old right back and 18 year old left back playing against some legitimate pros and it’s how we get better and grow. This is that platform and this is our opportunity,” said Flannery.
Boychuk's goal developed from a short corner kick and continued pressure and possession.
“Kinz (Sarah Kinzner) passed it to Joelle (Gosselin). She did a really nice layoff perfectly to my feet and I just placed it,” Boychuk described. “I am just glad we are winning. We wanted to get as many chances as we could early on and put pressure on them.”
Foothills WFC’s next match is against fellow 3-0 club, the L.A. Galaxy OC on Sunday afternoon at Mount Royal stadium field starting at 2 p.m. The Galaxy defeated Queen City United Friday night 1-0 in Regina.
ABOUT FOOTHILLS WFC
Foothills WFC has been operating in Calgary and competing in the United Women’s Soccer National league, competing in the Western Conference since 2017. Last season, Foothills captured the Western regular season title and travelled to Michigan for the 2018 nationals where they lost to the eventual champions, the Houston Aces in the semifinal. Foothills WFC’s mandate is to be a bridge for the future stars of the game to develop and succeed in Canada, while providing our fans with a premier sporting experience.
Foothills FC would like to thank all its sponsors including our jersey and game day sponsors: Telus, PetroTranz, Rogers Insurance, Secure Energy, FieldSafe Solutions and Strikers Soccer
The league was formed late in 2015 under the belief that there was a gap in the development of the female soccer player between the collegiate game and the professional & international game.
A dedicated Tier 2 league was needed. UWS will fill that gap with a summer competitive season that will help the collegiate player evolve & enhance their game for fall competition while giving the post-collegiate player a chance to further develop for the professional & international ranks.
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