Foothills WFC Hosts 2019 UWS National Finals This Weekend
For Immediate Release: July 16, 2019, Calgary, Alberta - By winning the Western Conference championship Foothills WFC has been selected to host the 2019 United Women’s Soccer National League’s championship final four tournament this coming weekend at Mount Royal University’s stadium field. The UWS is Canada’s highest level of club soccer for women.
The Indiana Union (7-2-1) will match up with the L.A. Galaxy OC Women (5-1-2) at 2:00pm on Saturday in the first semifinal. Then in the nightcap, Foothills WFC (6-1-1) will take on the Lancaster Inferno (7-3-0) at 5:00pm. The winners face other on Sunday at 5:00pm, where the trophy will be awarded.
Foothills WFC head coach Troye Flannery says he is proud of the team’s season and knew it would be more difficult than previous years.
“With respect to the quality in the Western Conference of all the franchises and the product they put on the pitch. The rosters are very deep. Travel in this Western Conference is ridiculously difficult, so for us to persevere and win is huge.”
“We put together a roster of a returning core and some new faces to give us more depth than we’ve ever had.”
Forwards Mya Jones, who was away on a university course, and Tanya Boychuk, who was part of a three-game friendly tour with team Canada’s U20s, return to Foothills WFC in time for these matches and the team is at full health. However, striker Joelle Gosselin signed with Jyväskylän Pallokerho from the first division in Finland and has had to depart before this weekend to join that team in their quest for a Finnish playoff spot.
Foothills WFC’s challengers come from three different regions of the United States. The Inferno from Pennsylvania won the Eastern Conference title with two upset victories in their championship weekend. The Union (Indianapolis), took the Midwest Conference with wins at home against their opponents from Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The L.A. Galaxy OC Women return to Calgary after earning the Western Conference wild card position then this past Saturday, stopping the defending league champions, the Houston Aces, 4-1 to earn their spot in the tournament. Foothills FC tied Galaxy 1-1 in California and defeated them 1-0 in Calgary on June 16. If Galaxy and Foothills WFC meet up in the championship final, another chapter will be written in their intense and physical rivalry.
Media Opportunity: Foothills WFC will be training at the Foothills Fieldhouse at 111 Exploration Avenue on Wednesday and Thursday night from 7:30pm-9:00pm. All media are invited to film or photograph the session and get interviews with players and coaches.
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.