Foothills WFC Still Perfect after 1-0 Win Over L.A. Galaxy
Foothills WFC completed their weekend sweep against California competition with a 1-0 win over the L.A. Galaxy Orange County team in United Women’s Soccer National League action on Sunday afternoon at Mount Royal University’s stadium field.
It was another big effort, with another big goal, resulting in another big win.
In the 27th minute, Caleigh Boeckx found the far top corner behind Galaxy goalkeeper Hillary Beall for the only goal of the match. The goal’s development came from a throw in on the opposite side of the field and a pass under pressure from Alex Lamontagne to a brilliant side foot tap from Tanya Boychuk directly to the foot of Boeckx.
Caleigh said after the game the team needed that goal to change the momentum.
“It was a great play and great ball in. I was lucky to be the one who was there.
“We were prepared for two tough games.”
The team’s record improved to 4-0 with the win over the previous 4-0 Galaxy team. Boeckx said the key to the wins has been about discipline.
“We have been focused on the little details, and winning the 1v1 battles.”
A lot of those battles were won by the backline of Foothills WFC, especially the right side featuring 2018 All-League Second team member Grace Stordy and emergency call up Shalla Kadima.
Foothills WFC Head Coach Troye Flannery stated Stordy was fantastic.
“We’ve given her some tough love this year. She didn’t feature in our first two games but featured this weekend and stepped right up. An exceptional performance today with much of it 1 v 1 battles with a talented Galaxy attacker whom previously was a finalist for French Footballer of the Year.”
“It was some blind faith (with Shalla) because I hadn’t seen her play recently but I have now and I like her, she was a truck rock and fit in nicely with (Damiane )Sawatzky, Stordy and (Maiya) Lee, all of whom starred today.”
The coach said he was exhausted after two wins, including Friday night’s 1-0 home win against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat.
“They are exceptional teams. I don’t know if we get it, we are playing against a bunch of U.S. national pool players. It’s the L.A. Galaxy, it’s a worldwide brand. They have good players but so do we and we are going to keep pushing.”
Flannery said the key was sticking to their game plan.
“It was extremely difficult but that’s why we do this. It’s about opportunity and it feels pretty good right now and we are looking forward to another good week of training prior to the road trip to Colorado.”
Goalkeeper Emily Burns earned her third clean sheet of the season and lowered her goals against average this season to 0.25.
Foothills WFC, the defending Western Conference champions and leaders in 2019 won’t see the friendly confines of Mount Royal‘s field for another three weeks. Their next match is in Colorado Springs against the Colorado Pride next Saturday, then the following week it’s another two game weekend with the Blue Heat and Galaxy, but on the road in California. All of those matches will be available to watch online at www.mycujoo.tv
Foothills WFC will be training at the Foothills Fieldhouse at 111 Exploration Avenue S.E. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7:30-9:00pm.
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.