Foothills FC Sweep Lane United to Regain First Place in Northwest

Foothills FC Sweep Lane United to Regain First Place in Northwest

Coming off the boots of a 16 year old, Foothills FC took two wins and six points off of Lane United of Eugene, Oregon. A 3-1 win on Friday and 1-0 win on Sunday sent the team traveling home in the first place spot of the USL2’s Northwest Division.

Aribim Pepple, of last year’s Foothills U17 program, scored in both matches, including the lone goal in Sunday’s game.

“What an incredible kick,” said his coach Leon Hapgood of the second game effort, a steal and drive to the net. “He lost his grandfather on Wednesday. We weren’t going to bring him, but he said ‘I need to come, I need to be a part of this.’”

“He scored his first ever goal Friday. We changed our tactic to a diamond four (forward formation) and it paid off. Then on Sunday he scored an unbelievable goal. The kid is going to be a star.”

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The team made some tactical adjustments during their practice sessions throughout the week leading up to the matches in Oregon.

“I was really pleased today,” Hapgood said after the Sunday match. “We changed our training plan this week to deal with our fatigue on the Sunday games. We looked fresher and hungrier. We looked like the more aggressive team, in the second half we were the better team by a mile.”

Foothills FC’s seven substitution options on Sunday were all Foothills academy graduates and five were under the age of 19.

In recapping the Friday win, coach Hapgood discussed a new formation he had been waiting all year to execute.

“We setup almost a 4-2-4 in transition,” he said. “It was the first time we were able to put all for four forwards together, Aribim, Tofa (Fakunle), Cory (Bent) and Willy (Akio). They had been dying to play together. There is a connection to those four. They have pace, energy, and enthusiasm.”

All three goals on Friday for Foothills FC came from free kicks. Pepple and Akio followed rebounds to bury balls behind Lane’s keeper Albert Escuin. Meanwhile Bent put a perfect placement on a 25 yard free kick over the wall and along the far post.

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Next for the Foothills FC is their home and season finale at Mount Royal University’s stadium field on Friday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm where they will play the Victoria Highlanders, who sit in fourth in the Northwest division. Keeping in mind their split with Highlanders away in June, Hapgood said now they must finish the job at home.

“Our mission statement has been to win the league. We don’t care. We’re Foothills. Now we’ve given ourselves an incredible opportunity to finish it off.”

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ABOUT FOOTHILLS FC

Foothills FC operates in Calgary and competing in the USL League Two Northwest Conference since 2015. In 2018, Foothills captured the National Championship title of the U23 league. Foothills FC’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

ABOUT USL LEAGUE TWO

The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

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