Detroit Sun FC secure a UWS playoff berth after win over Fort Wayne
A brace from Schupbach and Burke lead Detroit Sun FC to a 6-1 victory over Fort Wayne Gryphons in penultimate UWS regular season match.
Detroit Sun FC made easy work of the Gryphons in a high scoring victory. DSFC have scored eleven goals in the past two matches following a 5-2 win last weekend over Toledo Villa, the highest two game goal tally for The Sun this season. It was an exciting afternoon at Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Michigan as a victory would secure a playoff spot for Detroit.
The scoring was kicked off by Alyssa Burke (Western Michigan University/Davison, Mich) when Madison Schupbach (Bowling Green State University/Rochester, Mich) dribbled down the left flank and found Burke in the middle who rifled a 20 yard, left footed shot into the far post in the 25’ minute. The Schupbach-Burke connection proved successful again as Burke picked up the ball and weaved her way through three Fort Wayne defenders to finish over the onrushing goalkeeper to put The Sun up 2-0. The second half was more of the same when five minutes after the half a Dani Evans (Oakland University/Rochester, Mich) corner kick found the head of the 2016 Bulgarian Women Footballer of the Year Evdokia Popadinova (Hadzhidimovo, Bulgaria/ University of Northwestern Ohio) who powered her header past the Fort Wayne goalkeeper. The Detroit Sun goalkeeper got on the stats sheet when Krystin Lawrence (University of Windsor/Windsor, Ontario, Canada) hit a long punt 70 yards downfield and over the Gryphon’s backline to connect with DevynBrough(Commerce Township, Mich./Central Michigan University)who put the ball away to make the score 4-0. The Sun’s leading goal scorer Schupbach got in on the action in the 74’ minute when Broughwon the ball and found left back Zo Schultz (Saginaw Valley State University/Rochester, Mich)who played the ball to Schupbach who curled her shot past the outstretched Fort Wayne goalkeeper. Detroit rounded out their scoring in the 84’ minute when, on her first team debut, Kelly Capoccia (Madonna University/Livonia, Mich)assisted another Schupbach goal. Madison Schupbach now has eight goals and five assists in six matches, leading the league in points with 21. The Fort Wayne Gryphons were determined not be shut out though as Morgan Halliwill scored in the 85’ minute. Lawrence, however, was also determined to not let a goal get past her again as she made three big saves in added time after the 90’ minute mark to deny Fort Wayne.
This win secures second place for Detroit Sun FC, after Grand Rapids FC defeated Toledo Villa 4-0 to secure the top spot. With one game left in the UWS regular season, the top four teams in the division will start looking forward to the Midwest Division playoffs where the top four teams enter a single elimination tournament. These matches will be hosted by the winner of the regular season, Grand Rapids. The winner of the Midwest Division will go on to play in the United Women’s Soccer National Championship Semifinal versus teams from the UWS East and West Divisions, which will also be hosted in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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