UWS MIDWEST CONFERENCE WEEK 1 ROUNDUP: Road teams notch two wins out of the three Midwest games this weekend
FC INDIANA 0, DETROIT SUN FC 3
LAKEVILLE, IN – On Sunday afternoon at Newton Park, FC Indiana (0-1 UWS Midwest) set out on another mission to capture a national title as they have throughout the distinguished history of their organization. But the Detroit Sun FC (1-0 UWS Midwest) had no intentions of setting aside their own goals as a first-year pro-am side and by the final whistle shone their own light in the newly-formed Midwest Conference, coming away with a solid 3-0 win. A strong showing from goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem (five saves) and two goals off the bench from forward Isabella Habuda paced Detroit in the win.
But it was the player who Habuda replaced – forward Emma Tokuyama – who would register the team’s first-ever goal and a game-winning one to boot. In the 11th minute, a Detroit shot from the left side of the penalty area would carom off of the far post and Tokuyama would step up and volley the ball past FCI keeper Tarah Hobbs (13 saves). It would take until the 56th minute for the visitors to notch the insurance goal, as Habuda would do a give-and-go with midfielder Madison Schupbach and finish for the 2-0 lead. Forward Devyn Brough would assist on Habuda’s second of the game in the 79th minute for the 3-0 final score.
INDY PREMIER SC 0, TOLEDO VILLA FC 3
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indy Premier SC had the confines of Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI as the backdrop for their inaugural match in the UWS Midwest Conference on Saturday night, but it was the visitors who would hold the play. With a short bench, Toledo Villa FC (1-0 UWS Midwest) would get a huge 3-0 road victory over IPSC (0-1 UWS Midwest). In what could be a competitive race in the Midwest this season, this road result could pay big dividends when the end of the season comes around. TVFC goalkeeper Sam Tiongson made two saves in the shutout.
Midfielder Veronica Zaciek led the Villa offense on this night, notching two first half goals that helped propel her team to the win. In the 12th minute, Zaciek would fire her shot low to the left of IPSC goalkeeper Claire Graves (four saves) for the 1-0 lead and in the 24th minute, she converted on a penalty kick for the insurance goal. It would take until the 82nd minute for Toledo’s final goal of the match as Bowling Green Star University forward Skylar Fleak fired home from six yards out for the 3-0 final score. The visitors out-shot the home side by a 9-2 margin.
GRANDS RAPIDS FC WOMEN 3, MICHIGAN LEGENDS FC 1
GRANDVILLE, MI – The Grand Rapids FC Women played their inaugural match at Grandville High School on Saturday night. Propelled by a brace from midfielder Anna Stinson, GRFC Women (1-0 UWS Midwest) defeated Michigan Legends FC (0-1 UWS Midwest) by a 3-1 score in front of 532 fans. The game began with a flurry with a few chances for the home side in front of goal who dictated the tempo from the outset.
GRFC broke through in the 16th minute when midfielder Annie Steinlage sent a long diagonal ball to the right side for Stinson. Using her pace, the former Illinois State star beat her defender to the pass and hit a low ball from the top of the box into the bottom left corner of the goal for the team’s first-ever goal. Stinson added her second of the match in the 42nd minute as a shot from midfielder Marti Corby bounced off the crossbar and landed at her feet. She buried the rebound for a 2-0 lead going into halftime. MLFC cut the deficit in half with the team’s first-ever goal in the 49th minute with thanks to a pair of second-half subs.
Youngstown State University midfielder Maddie Hughes would convert on midfielder Lindsey Carlson’s cross from the right flank for the 2-1 game. Grand Rapids restored its lead to two goals in the 71st minute when left back Sadie Misiewicz played a ball over the defense to right back Clare Carlson. Carlson made a perfectly timed run and beat MLFC goalkeeper Victoria Norris (five saves) for the 3-1 final score. GRFC keeper Reilly Ott made two saves as her team out-shot the visitors by a 7-4 margin.
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