Foothills WFC finds late goal for 2-1 win over Queen City
Foothills WFC Defeat Regina’s Queen City United in Front of a 500 Strong Home Crowd.
They knew it would be tough and it certainly was. However, Foothills WFC came away with a 2-1 victory this Sunday at their home ground at Mount Royal University.
Tanya Boychuk’s penalty kick in the 24th minute and a powerful header from Joelle Gosselin in the 79th lead to a narrow victory. The home team took advantage of their chances to sweep the Saskatchewan team and improve to 2-0 in their United Women’s Soccer National League season.
It was a different Queen City team that Foothills defeated 5-0 in Regina the previous week.
Foothills head coach and general manager, Troye Flannery said the other team was more settled and organized than last week which you would expect with the additional preparation time.
“They are well coached and were relentless with their details; however, we made it most difficult on ourselves.”
He said early on he thought his team created some opportunities but need to finish and play with more intent and purpose in front of goal.
“It’s on the back of Rehana Murani doing some fantastic work and being busy breaking lines,” describing Gosselin’s winner on the cross from Bow Jackson at the far post.
“The subs we made as individuals performed and gave us energy, we were a little flat and slow today. It’s difficult to play perfect soccer and I don’t want us too. I want us to make mistakes and recover from them, and find a way to win.”
Gosselin’s goal came from a rare chance to that point in the second half where the game’s pace slowed and neither team created a lot after the tying marker came from the birthday girl, Taylor Bubnick, in the 52nd minute.
The game winning goal scorer stated that, “It was a nice cross from Bow, we started from the back, I just had to finish it.”
“We needed a spark to finish the game,” Gosselin said. “They were physical and fast, they got some good chances. In the end we deserved the three points.”
The substituted players in the second half created more energy and chances at goal that Queen City keeper Kylie Bolton had to deal with.
“We have so much depth everybody can play a big part in our game,” Gosselin, who scored the game winner for Foothills WFC said. “The subs came in and had an effect. It’s nice for a coach to know they have that many good players on the bench that you can put them in and they have the spark.”
For Queen City, coach Hugh Dooley said he will take the much improved performance from last week.
“2-1 is disappointing since it was 1-1 with 11 minutes left. We adjusted our system and game and spent the whole week working on it. We were much more aggressive on the ball in this game.”
The West has been called the “Group of Death” in the UWS this year, and nothing gets easier for either team. Both clubs will have 12 days off before the two California teams, the LA Galaxy women and the Santa Clarita Blue Heat will visit Western Canada for weekend sets playing each team once that weekend.
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.