Foothills WFC Controls First Place Destiny with Draw in L.A.
Foothills WFC heads home with a single point earned on their California road trip after a 3-2 loss in Santa Clarita against the Blue Heat on June 28 and a 1-1 draw in Los Angeles against the Galaxy OC women's team on June 30.
Their 5-1-1 record leaves Foothills WFC tied with the Galaxy at 16 points, but with their home win on June 16, all they need is a victory this coming Sunday at Mount Royal University to win another Western Conference title in the United Women’s Soccer National League.
Their opening match of the weekend saw two penalty kicks converted in the first half, then three goals within four minutes during the second half.
Tanya Boychuk and Alex Lamontagne had the two for the visitors, while Evdokia Popadinova scored once and Alyssa Thompson had the other two, including the winner on the following kickoff after Lamontagne's effort.
Coach Troye Flannery said they could not fault their effort but they could fault some of their habits.
"Three goals in three minutes, we know better than that," he said after the Friday match. "We worked hard to tie it at 2-2 then concede right off of kick off."
"We brought three centre backs on the trip and lost two of them today, it made for some patchwork. We just missed chances we have to take and we got some exposed with some details."
Foothills WFC didn't have much time to dwell on their first loss in regular season play in over a year as the L.A. Galaxy OC Women, freshly rested, were on the horizon 48 hours later.
The visitors were able to get the critical first goal again, this time in the fifth minute, as Mya Jones streaked down the far side, slipped around the fullback, and blasted the shot far side.
"Mya is a special player," Flannery said from Los Angeles. "I think she needs more looks in the Canadian program when she's healthy."
"This entire L.A. team has represented their country, mostly in the U.S. but also Mexico and Australia. Natasha Kai has played 67 times for her country and won an Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and we have just a bunch of kids here. It's just incredible the fight that they showed."
After an injury to Damiane Sawatzky in Santa Clarita, it forced some rotation of the back line for the second match. Flannery talked about their adjustments.
"Grace Stordy stepped in to centre back (from right fullback) and playing against a world class player (Kai) she did very well. Talia White played past her experience and Maiya Lee filled in well at fullback. I can't say anything negative about their intent and our work rate."
Despite only earning one of the six available points, Foothills WFC earned control of their destiny for a second consecutive Western title and spot in the UWS National final four tournament.
"Our second game in a couple of days against a team that was rested, against a team that is exceptional. We needed a tie to secure second and grab the head to head against the Galaxy and we achieved that," Flannery said.
"We would have preferred to win but we will take the draw against a rested team in the heat. I'm so proud of them."
Sunday's match at Mount Royal University's stadium field will begin at 2pm against the currently winless Colorado Pride. Foothills WFC defeated Colorado on the road 2-0 on June 22.
Media Opportunity: 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, Field Safe 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.