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Brenna Lovera scored her 18th career goal, tying her for ninth on the Northwestern all-time list, as the Northwestern Wildcats rallied in the second half to defeat Indiana 2-0 on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The goal was Lovera’s seventh in 2018 marking her career-high for goals on the season.

Taylor Kornieck scored on a pair of penalty kicks as the Colorado Buffalos extended their unbeaten streak to 15 defeating Oregon 4-1 on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Senior Reilly Martin scored the lone goal of the match, her sixth of the season, as the Michigan Wolverines grabbed a hard-earned point in a double-overtime draw against Nebraska on Friday, October 12, 2018. Sara Stratigakis contributed 2 shots, both on goal.

Alexa Spaanstra scored a goal and Courtney Petersen contributed an assist as the Virginia Cavaliers trounced Pittsburgh 7-0 on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Senior Colleen McKay netted the winning goal in the 81st minute as the Western Michigan Broncos beat Eastern Michigan 2-1 at home on Sunday, October 14, 2018. It was McKay’s third goal and third game winning goal of the season.

Sophomore Bethany Kopel made five saves in the first half as the Indiana Hoosiers fell to Northwestern 2-0 on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Kopel made another 5 saves as the Hoosiers lost a heart breaker 1-0 in double-overtime to Illinois on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Senior Carly Mauldin moved into seventh all-time in career minutes at Mississippi State with 6,146 as the Bulldogs dropped a road match 2-1 at Texas A&M on Friday, October 12, 2018.

The Florida State Seminoles battled North Carolina State to a 1-1 double-overtime draw at home on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Kristina Lynch and Megan Connolly played well for the Seminoles delivering a trio of potential assists on shots that were turned away by the Wolfpack keeper.

Sara Clark’s pass to teammate Ena Sabanagic resulted in the lone goal for the Boilermakers as Purdue dropped a 3-1 decision to Illinois on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

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Sarah Stratigakis and Reilly Martin contributed to the 1-0 shutout of Ohio State on Friday, Oct. 5 at U-M Soccer Stadium. Stratigakis took a team-high five shots on the night and Martin assisted on the lone goal by Nicki Hernandez in the 54th minute.

Sarah Stratigakis scored her sixth on the season, and the Wolverine’s lone goal in the first half as the Wolverines faced Penn State on Sunday, October 2, 2018. The Nittany Lions rallied in the second half to defeat Michigan 2-0. Reilly Martin put three shots on target in the game.

Freshman Alexa Spaanstra assisted on the only goal of the game as Virginia bested Louisville 1-0 on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Lynn Stadium.

Spaanstra recorded a goal and an assist as the Cavaliers shut out Notre Dame 3-0 on the road, Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Sophomore Bethany Kopel made five saves as Indiana recorded their first home loss of the 2018 season 2-1 to Wisconsin on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Brenna Lovera had four shots and Marissa Viggiano had three shots, all on goal as the Northwestern Wildcats lost 1-0 to Rutgers on a golden goal in the 97th minute in overtime on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Lovera netted her sixth goal of the season, assisted by Viggiano, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats dropped a 1-0 decision to the Maryland Terps on the road Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Carly Mauldin registered three shots in a hard-fought defensive battle as Mississippi State dropped a road match 1-0 against Vanderbilt.

Mauldin scored a pair of goals on Sunday, October 7 as Mississippi State scored a record-breaking 5 goals defeating Alabama 5-2.

Colleen McKay contributed six shots as Western Michigan downed Miami 2-1 in double overtime home match on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

McKay contributed a team-high 5 shots (3 on frame) as Western Michigan dropped a 2-0 decision to Ball State on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Bowling Green Senior Elisa Baeron contributed three shots in a 1-0 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The Falcons remain unbeaten in the MAC Conference at 6-0-0.

Madison Alexander had the best chance to score as Florida dropped a 1-0 decision to South Carolina on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Purdue Senior, Sarah Clark’s corner kick set up the equalizer in the 54th minute before Minnesota scored in the 70th minute for a 2-1 win over the Boilermakers at home on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Taylor Korniek scored the first on Colorado’s three goals as the Buffs bested Washington State 3-1 on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

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Senior Reilly Martin netted her fifth goal and first game-winner of the 2018 season as the Michigan Wolverines shut out the Wisconsin Badgers 2-0 at home on Thursday, September 20.

Sophomore Alia Martin scored her second goal of the season and the lone goal for Michigan in a 4-1 loss against Northwestern on Friday September 28. Reilly Martin contributed 6 shots, 2 on goal.

Freshman Alexa Spaanstra assisted on a goal by Rebecca Jarrett as Virginia recorded their first ACC win of the season on Sunday, September 23, beating Duke 2-0. Spaanstra also contributed 2 shots, both on goal.

Spaanstra contributed a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over Wake Forest on Sunday September 30. Courtney Petersen assisted on the Spaanstra goal.

Indian Senior goalkeeper Bethany Kopel made the biggest save of the night facing a Purdue player one-on-one, stopping the ball and then stopping the rebound. But she couldn’t stop a penalty kick in the 105th minute as the Hoosiers dropped a 1-0 decision to Purdue in double-overtime.

MCFC alum and Purdue Senior Sarah Clark scored the winning goal giving Purdue its first Big 10 win of the season and earning them the Golden Boot beating cross-state rivals Indiana.

Senior Brenna Lovera contributed a goal and an assist and Marissa Viggiano added an assist as Northwestern topped the Michigan Wolverines 4-1.

A shot from Senior Carly Mauldin went just wide of the net nearly breaking Mississippi State’s 0-0 draw against the Florida Gators on Friday, September 28.

Malia Berkley and Gloriana Villalobos assisted on a goal by Alexa Orrant as the Florida State Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 3-0 on Thursday, September 20.

Senior Megan Connolly scored the final goal in the 85th minute on an assist from Kaycie Tillma as the Seminoles shut out Notre Dame 4-0 on Thursday, September 27.

Colleen McKay contributed an assist and three shots as Western Michigan bested Buffalo 4-2 on Sunday, September 23. McKay scored the game winner on a header assisted by Morgan Otteson as the Broncos shut out Toledo 3-0 on Friday, September 28.

Victoria Cope shared a 2-0 shutout with Kathleen Duwye as Bowling Green shut out Northern Illinois 3-0 on Friday, September 28.

Madison Alexander assisted on the first of three goals by Lais Araujo as the Florida Gators downed Kentucky 6-0 on Thursday, September 20. Alexander scored her fourth goal of the season in a 4-1 comeback win over LSU on Sunday September 23.

Taylor Kornieck contributed three assists as Colorado overpowered Oregon State 6-0 on Friday, September 21. Kornieck was named CU athlete from the week presented by Arrow for the week of September 17 – 23. Kornieck had 2 shots and a goal as the Buffalos battled Arizona to a 1-1 draw on Sunday, September 30.

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Last week marked the first week of Big 10 competition for women’s soccer programs. Many of the players who were Motor City FC teammates in the spring are now rivals in the fall.

Reilly Martin scored 28 seconds into the match and Sarah Stratigakis added a second goal in the 22nd minute as the Michigan Wolverines took on the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana’s late second half run was too much for the Michigan side as Indian managed a 3-2 in double overtime win in a Big 10 match played on Thursday, September 13.

The Wolverines shut out the Purdue Boilermakers 1-0 the following Sunday. Reilly Martin had three shots.

Michigan State had several chances to find the back of the net including a shot by Bella Jodzis that missed wide right as the Spartans closed the opening week of Big 10 play with a 3-0 loss to Indiana.

Sophomore goalkeeper Bethany Kopel had a season-high 10 saves as the Indian Hoosiers bested the Michigan Wolverines 3-2 in double overtime on Thursday, September 13.

Kopel earned her third shutout of the season collecting three saves as the Hoosiers blanked Michigan State 3-0 on Sunday, September 16th.

Brenna Lovera assisted on the lone goal as the Northwestern Wildcats played the Wisconsin Badgers to a 1-1 draw in double overtime. Senior Marisa Viggiano lofted a free kick from 40 yards out into the box. Lovera got to the ball first bouncing a header to an open Michele Chernesky who punched it into the net to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.

Marissa Vigianno lead the Wildcats with three shots, all on goal in a 2-0 road loss to Minnesota on Sunday, September 16.

Conference play started for several other college conferences as well, and MCFC was represented.

Senior Carly Mauldin offered Mississippi State’s best chance in the 37th minute as Auburn’s goalkeeper poked the ball away in a diving stop as the Tigers ended the Bulldog’s undefeated streak at 8 with a 3-0 win on Friday, September 14.

Florida State dropped a close 1-0 decision to North Carolina on Friday, September 14. The Seminoles came close to tying the match in the 33rd minute as sophomore Gabby Carle collected a pass from Gloriana Villalobos with a backheel kick and slid a pass up for Dallas Dorosy on the left. The senior’s shot from 15 yards went just over the crossbar.

Florida lost a heartbreaker as a late goal gave Vanbderbilt a 2-1 win over the Gators on Sunday, September 16. The Gator goal came in the 78th minute as Madison Alexander assisted on a goal by Lais Arujo.

Virginia’s match at Virginia Tech was rescheduled for Thursday, September 27 due to hurricane Florence.

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Northwestern Senior Brenna Lovera named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week


Northwestern Senior Brenna Lovera was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Lovera leads the team in points this season with four goals and an assist. Her 15 career goals are two shy of the top-ten list all-time in program history and her ten winning goals are now a program record.

Lovera scored the winning goal in Northwestern’s home-opener as the Wildcats extended their unbeaten streak to six with the 1-0 decision over Loyola Marymount on Thursday, September 6. Lovera followed up with 2 goals in Sunday’s game as Northwestern bested the Bowling Green Falcons 2- 0. The Wildcats dominated the game from the kickoff coming close to scoring in the eighth minute as Marissa Viggiano’s corner kick to Hannah Davidson went inches wide of the post.

Reilly Martin scored twice and Sarah Stratigakis had a goal and an assist as the Michigan Wolverines earned a decisive 6-1 victory over Central Michigan on Friday, September 7.  

Virginia moves to 6-0-0 on the season with a 6-0 victory over Liberty Thursday, September 6 at Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers were on the board in the second minute on a Montana Sutton goal assisted by Courtney Petersen. A Zoe Morse chip shot to Lizzy Sieracki resulted in the game’s fourth score.

Bella Jodzis assisted on a goal by Camryn Evans in the 22nd minute as Michigan State downed the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 2-0 on Thursday, September 6.  

Goalkeeper Bethany Kopel recorded four saves as the Hoosiers bested Kentucky 5-1 on Friday, September 7. Kopel earned her second shutout of the season as Indiana played Kansas to a scoreless draw on Sunday, September 9.

Senior Colleen McKay led Western Michigan with four shots (two on goal) as the Bronco’s shutout streak was snapped with a 2-0 loss to Purdue on Sunday, September 9.

Sarah Clark assisted on the first of two second-half goals in the Purdue Boilermakers’ come-from-behind 2-1 victory Louisville on Thursday, September 6. Clark helped secure the Boilermakers’ fifth victory of the season assisting Kylie Hase on the team’s second goal in a 2-0 shutout over Western Michigan on Sunday, September 9. The combination of Clark to Hase has resulted in four of the team’s eight goals this season.

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The 2018 college soccer season is in full swing and Motor City FC alumni are making headlines across the country.

University of Michigan bested Marquette 3-0 at U-M Soccer Stadium on Thursday, August 23.

Sophmore Sarah Stratigakis scored her second goal of the season while Senior Riley Martin netted her first. Alia Martin and Taylor Timko added assists for the Maize and Blue.

Indiana goalkeeper Sophmore Bethany Kopel preserved her shutout with four saves in a home win over Miami of Ohio on Sunday, August 19

Northwestern capped off a perfect weekend to start the 2018 season with a 2-0 win over Wake Forest on Sunday, August 19. Senior Brenna Lovera made her first mark on the new season with a goal and an assist.

Senior Carly Mauldin racked up an assist in Mississippi State’s season-opening 3-0 win over Southern Miss on Sunday, August 19.

Senior Megan Connolly scored in the 90th minute off an assist from Malia Berkley and Kristina Lynch scored twice as Florida State defeated Troy 5-0 on Sunday, August 19.

Senior Colleen McKay scored her first goal of the season as Western Michigan won their season opener with a convincing 3-0 decision over Detroit Mercy on Friday, August 17 at the WMU Soccer Complex.

Sophomore Madison Alexander scored the game winning goal in the Florida Gators’ season-opening 2-1 win over Washington on Friday, August 17, and followed that with her second goal of the weekend in the Gators’ 4-2 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday, August 19.

Sophomore Madi Wolfbauer scored her first career goal as the Fighting Illini opened their season with an impressive 8-0 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies on Sunday, August 26.

Purdue Sophomore Sarah Clark scored in the 39th minute in a 3-0 win over Eastern Michigan on August 17, 2018 and recorded a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Iowa State on Sunday, August 26.

Colorado Junior Taylor Kornieck contributed a goal in a season-opening 3-0 victory over Air Force on Thursday, August 16. She broke a single-game record for the Buffs with four assists in a 6-0 decision over Missouri on Saturday, August 25. 


Motor City Remains Undefeated After Back-to-Back Indy Contests

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The Motor City FC completed a two-day road trip to Indiana with a Saturday, June 16 match against the FC Pride and facing off against the Indy Saints on Sunday, June 17.

Motor City FC had to settle for a draw against a determined FC Pride team on a warm Saturday afternoon at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, IN.

The FC Pride side held Motor City scoreless in the first half despite a couple of great opportunities by the MCFC squad..

Motor City struck first in the second half as Madi AlexanderWolfbauer gave the MCFC side a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute directing a Megan Connolly pass with the back of her heel past the Pride keeper. 

The Pride answered quickly, levelling the score with a goal in the 67th minute and taking the lead eight minutes later with a shot that beat goalkeeper Bethany Kopel to her right.

Motor City evened the score at 2-2 in the 84th minute on a goal by Reilly Martin assisted by Sarah Stratigakis.

Martin almost netted the win for MCFC with a blistering shot in the 85th minute that careened off the crossbar.  But “almost” wasn’t good enough to win the game as the MCFC side had to settle for a single point.

“The FC Pride played a tough game,” MCFC Head Coach Aaron Byrd. “It’s the first time this season that we were trailing in a game and they’re the first, and so far, the only team to score on us. We needed a good, competitive outing like this to help us prepare for the upcoming games against some good teams.”

The weather wasn’t the only thing that was hot as Motor City FC took the field for the Father’s Day match against the Indy Saints on a hot 93 degree day at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis, IN.

The MCFC side took control of the game early scoring eight goals in the first half - the in the 6th minute on a Sarah Stratigakis rocket-shot from outside the 18 yard box that careened off the crossbar and into the net.  Madi Alexander gets credit for the assist.

MCFC struck again in the 10th minute when Kristina Lynch found the back of the net off a cross by Reilly Martin.

Madi Wolfbauer scored in the 26th minute on a pass from Rubina Veerakone and Alexa Spaanstra added to the MCFC tally with a goal in the 29th minute assisted by Madi Wolfbauer.

Bella Jodzis pushed the score to 5-0 in the 30th minute putting the ball past the Saint’s keeper on an assist from Alexa Spaanstra and Madi Wolfbauer netted her second goal of the match seven minutes later on an assist from Malia Berkley.

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The Motor City FC is hosting a Skills Camp and Pink Out at 12 PM on July 1, 2018. The Skills Camp will be held on the MCFC home field at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester MI prior to the MCFC game against the Cincinnati Siren.

Campers will have the opportunity to hone their skills while training with members of the Motor City FC team and Head Coach Aaron Byrd. 

The 2018 Motor City roster consists of top-level players representing Division 1 colleges throughout the U.S.

Donations are $30 per camper and include the training session, Pink Out T-shirt, and a ticket to the MCFC/Cincinnati Sirens game following the camp at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are available online at or at the gate.

All proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society.

We ask that all Skills Camp participants arrive at 11:00 to complete the registration form

Winning Weekend for Motor City FC


Motor City FC extended their undefeated streak to four with a pair of home wins over the weekend notching a 1-0 victory over the Ann Arbor FC Lumberjills on Friday, June 8 and a decisive victory on Sunday afternoon, June 10 besting  Pittsburgh’s  Steel City FC by a score of 5-0.

Four games into the 2018 season the MCFC squad has scored a total of 15 goals while holding their opponents scoreless.

Friday’s game pitted MCFC against a tough squad from Ann Arbor who held Motor City scoreless in the first half with solid defense and a half-dozen saves by the Lumberjill keeper.

A handball in the 51st minute gave MCFC a free kick and the game’s only goal as Courtney Petersen arced a left footed shot around the wall and into the opposite lower corner past the keeper.

Motor City FC was ready to play on Sunday facing a Steel City FC squad who were coming off a 3-2 win over the Lumberjills on Saturday.

MCFC struck early with Clara Robbins scoring the first of her three goals in the 4th minute on an assist by Madison Wolfbauer. Robbins would find the net again at the 6 minute mark grabbing the ball on a turnover and driving the ball into the lower right corner.

Steel City keeper Lauren Malcom did her best to keep her squad in the game making a trio of saves over the next 28 minutes denying the third MCFC goal until Bella Jodzis netted the first of her pair in the 35th minute with a hard shot that beat the keeper diving to her left.

Clara Robbins assisted by Malia Berkely completed her hat trick just before the halftime whistle blew sending her team into the locker room with a 4-0 lead after the first 45.

The Steel City goalie made a couple more highlight-reel saves in the second half robbing Madison Wolfbauer of a goal with a diving save across the net just pushing the ball wide.

Bella Jodzis netted her second goal in the 82 minute on a ball served by Alexis Warner into Madison Wolfbauer who headed the ball through the gap to a streaking Jodzis who weaved past two Steel City defenders before beating the keeper.

“We looked really sharp in the game today, said Coach Aaron Byrd. The passing was sharp and the communication on the field was good. We were moving the ball well and not letting them set up on defense.”

Motor City heads out on an extended road trip with games against the FC Pride on Saturday, June 16, the Indy Saints FC on Sunday June 17 and the Cleveland Ambassadors on Saturday, June 23 before heading home for the season finale at Stoney Creek on Sunday, July 1 where they will face the Cincinnati Sirens FC at Stoney Creek.

MCFC Earns a 1-0 Win Against a Scrappy Columbus Eagles Side


Motor City FC pulled out a 1-0 win on the road against the conference leading and previously undefeated Columbus Eagles at Otterbein Stadium in Westerville, Ohio.

Motor City started fast with the wind at their backs and put the pressure on early, controlling the field and managing to get a couple of shots on target against a very scrappy and competitive Eagles defense.  

The Eagle provided some offense of their own testing goalkeeper Bethany Kopel with a shot on goal in the in the 15th minute.  Kopel proved to be up to the task in the first half stopping any and all Columbus opportunities. 

Both sides sent fresh legs into the game midway through the first half trying to make something happen. 

The MCFC side attacked on the right flank in the 28th minute with a shot that went just wide of the net, following that up with their first corner kick of the game with the ball sailing in just out of the reach of Madi Wolfbauer who attempted to head it into the net. 

After a scoreless first half both teams headed into the locker room to regroup and plan their strategies for the second half.

Motor City continued to pressure the Eagle defense in the second half, nearly taking the lead on a shot by Malia Berkely off a corner kick that was nullified by the Columbus goalkeeper on a great diving save.

Motor City finally got on the score board in the 68th minute on an unassisted goal by Madi Alexander who received the ball from the wing and cruised in 30 yards uncontested eventually punching the ball past the Eagles goalie for the only score of the game.

The Eagles made one last attempt at an equalizer in stoppage time on a corner kick that was nearly headed in.  However the strong play of the back line and Victoria Cope proved to be up to the challenge.

The win keeps the Motor City squad undefeated on the season and into second place in the Ohio Valley Division with 2 wins and a 9-0 goals for/against differential.

"It’s always tough to come on the road against a well-organized, tough-minded team like Columbus, said MCFC Coach Aaron Byrd. “I am proud of how we responded to the adversity.  Our defense was outstanding and we created chances in the offensive zone, but just need to be more efficient and capitalize when opportunities present themselves. Next weekend will be another test with two home games against very capable opponents."

MCFC returns home for two games this coming weekend hosting the AAFC Lumberjills on Friday, June 8 at 7:30pm and the Pittsburgh’s Steel City FC on Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 pm. Both games are at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester MI.