Motor City FC Releases 2019 Schedule

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Motor City FC (MCFC) will launch their 2019 season with a home match on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM versus the Columbus Eagles.

The team returns to Hurley Field 2400 Rubina Ave, Berkley MI 48027 where they played all home games during the 2017 Season.

MCFC will compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Ohio Valley Conference. against the AAFC The Ohio Valley Conference includes Motor City FC, AAFC Lumberjills from Ann Arbor, MI, The Cincinnati Sirens, Cleveland Ambassadors, Columbus Eagles and the Dayton (Ohio) Dutch Lions FC.

The season will consist of 10 games from June 1 through July 7 with Motor City playing each team twice – one game at home and one away.

2019 WPSL Region and Conference Alignment Revealed

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All-time High 119 Teams to Compete in League's 22nd Season

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 28, 2019) – The Women’s Premier Soccer League has revealed the 2019 conference alignment, consisting of an all-time high 119 clubs competing in the league’s 22nd season to become the champion of the world’s largest women’s soccer league.

The regular season begins in early May with individual club schedules to be released within the coming weeks.

The four region names remain the same – West, Central, South and East. However, the composition of each varies significantly from the 2018 season with the Central and East Regions seeing the biggest changes.

The WPSL, through expansion and realignment, continues to focus upon significantly reducing travel during the regular season to allow clubs to control its expenses and reinvest in their organizations. In 2019, clubs in 16 of the 20 conferences/divisions will travel no further than six hours for their longest road trip during the regular season. 

The Central Region features a newly created Mountain Conference, consisting of six clubs (four expansion) from Colorado and Utah. The 11 clubs from Texas and Oklahoma are now two divisions within a conference instead of separate conferences.

There will also be a new Central Region Champion in 2019, for Chicago Red Stars Reserves is part of three former Central clubs that have moved to the East Region. Also, the Mid-Atlantic Division now has two divisions, consisting of clubs from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The West Region sees the addition of the San Diego and Desert Divisions in the Pac South Conference. The San Diego division consists solely of San Diego-based clubs, reducing road match one-way travel times by more than five hours.

The South Region has the most similarity from 2018 within its alignment. The Carolinas Conference, with two additional expansion clubs, now has two divisions, and Alabama FC has moved from the Gulf Conference to the Southeast Conference.

For a full breakdown of the region and conference alignments, visit wpslsoccer.com. 

The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with 119 clubs from coast-to-coast.  WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

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CONTACT:

James Poling

WPSL Communications Director

JPoling@WPSLsoccer.com

Motor City FC draws Grand Rapids FC in the first round of the 2019 Women’s Michigan Milk Cup

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The random draw has been completed and Motor City FC will face of against Grand Rapids FC in the first round of the 2019 Women’s Michigan Milk Cup sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

Eight semi-pro and amateur women’s teams from Michigan will compete in a single elimination bracket for a $5,000 grand prize.

The opening games will be played in May 2019. Dates, times and locations to be released soon.

Motor City FC to Compete in 2019 Women’s Michigan Milk Cup

The Motor City FC (MCFC) has been chosen to compete in the 2019 Women’s Milk Cup sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

MCFC will join 8 other semi-pro and amateur women’s teams from Michigan who will compete in a single elimination bracket for a $5,000 grand prize.

The competing teams include MCFC, Ann Arbor Lumberjills, AFC Ann Arbor, Lansing United, Grand Rapids FC, Michigan Legends FC and the Detroit Sun representing the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) United Women’s Soccer and the Michigan Premier Soccer League (MPSL).

Seven teams will be put into a random draw to determine matchups and hosts with one play-in game scheduled between the Livonia City FC and North Oakland to determine the eight spot in the quarter finals beginning in May 2019

The same random draw process will be followed for the semifinals and finals (all random drawings to be executed by United Dairy Industry of Michigan).

The full release can be found at the link below.

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WPSL Announces 2019 Division Lineups

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The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Announced the Division Line-ups for the 2019 Season at the WPSL AGM Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on the weekend of January 26 – 27, 2019.

Motor City FC will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Ohio Valley Conference for the 2019 Season.

The Conference lineups were announced at the WPSL AGM Meeting in Las Vegas, NV on the weekend of January 26 – 27.

The Ohio Valley Conference includes Motor City FC, AAFC Lumberjills from Ann Arbor, MI, The Cincinnati Sirens, Cleveland Ambassadors, Columbus Eagles and the Dayton (Ohio) Dutch Lions FC.

The season will consist of 10 games with Motor City playing each team twice – one game at home and one away.

The 2019 schedule will be released soon.

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The Florida State Seminole’s advanced to the 2018 NCAA Women’s Cup National Semifinals with a 1-0 shutout of Penn State. This is the 10th time in school history and first time since 2015 that the Seminole’s will be vying for the Champion’s trophy.

Malia Berkley played the full 90 minutes for Florida State and gave the Seminole’s a chance to score in the 14th minute on a pass into the box that was grabbed by the Penn State goal keeper just before teammate Yujie Zhao could get a foot on the ball. Megan Connolly played the final 8 minutes of the game.

The Seminoles face Stanford on Friday, November 30 at WakeMead Soccer Park in Cary, NC.

Seven Motor City FC Alumnae were named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-Region Teams.

Alexa Spaanstra of Virginia was named to the Atlantic Region First Team while teammate Courtney Petersen made the Second Team.

University of Michigan’s Sara Stratigakis and Reilly Martin along with Northwestern’s Marisa Viggiano were named to the North Region Second Team.

Taylor Kornieck of Colorado was named to the Pacific Region First Team and Mississippi State’s Carly Mauldin was named to the Southeast Region Third Team.

Congratulations to our Motor City FC standouts.

Florida State and University of Virginia Advance in the NCAA Playoffs

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Motor City alumni saw action as their teams advance in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship this last weekend.

The Florida State Seminole’s advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 decision over USC on Friday, November 16 in Tallahassee, FL. Gloriana Villalobos put the Seminole’s up by 2 netting her first goal of the season in the 87th minute. Malia Berkley played the entire 90 minutes nearly leveling the match in the 39th minute on a strong shot that was blocked off by the goalkeeper with the rebound nearly headed in.

Florida State advanced to the Quarterfinals on Sunday, November 18 with a 5-4 shootout victory over USC after playing to a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes. Malia Berkley assisted on the tying goal in 65th minute and Gloriana Villalobos had a good chance to win the game in the first overtime but was denied by the USC keeper.

The Seminoles will host Penn State on Friday, November 23.

Virginia advanced to the round of 16 in NCAA Tournament play with a 4-2 shootout victory over Texas Tech in Waco, TX on Friday, November 16 after the two teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation.

Zoe Morse scored the winning penalty shot after a pair of saves by the Virginia Cavalier keeper.

Virginia’s season came to an end after the Cavaliers dropped a 2-1 decision to Baylor on Sunday, November 18. It was Virginia’s 14th consecutive season in the NCAA Tournament, the second longest streak in NCAA history.

Division Honors and NCAA Tourney Play

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Colorado Senior Taylor Kornieck was named to the first team as the Pac-12 announced their post season All Conference awards on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Kornieck finished second on the team with a career-high 28 points, despite missing 4 games due to injury. She scored 9 goals in 16 starts, ranks 10 in the NCAA with a Buffs-record 10 assists and tallied a school record 1.75 points per game.

Bowling Green Senior Elisa Baeron was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District first team announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Baeron, a native of Selsingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, has played in all 21 Falcon matches and was named the Mid-American Conference Tournament MVP as the Falcons won the 2018 MAC Title.

Michigan Senior Reilly Martin was named one to the Google Cloud Academic All-District second team. Martin has 21 career goals and 24 assists to tally 66 points and scored four game-winners for Michigan. She became just the fourth player in program history to collect 20 goals and 20 assists.

The Google Cloud Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

Eligible student athletes must be a starter or important reserve with a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, in their second year at the current institution, and must have played in at least 50 percent of the team’s games.

The first round of the NCAA Tournament started on Friday, November 9, 2018 with a few MCFC alum playing for their respective teams.

Freshman Alexa Spaanstra scored a pair of goals as the Virginia Cavaliers defeated Monmouth 2-0 in the first round of the NCA Tournament. Virginia heads into the second round where they will face Texas Tech. It was Spaanstra’s second two-goal game of the season.

The Florida State Seminoles advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Loyola Chicago. Gloriana Villalobos assisted on the winning goal with a pass that dropped in front of Anna Patten who buried in in the net.

Marissa Viggiano had 2 shots, 1 on target and Brenna Lovera contributed 1 shot as the Northwestern Wildcats saw their 2018 season come to an end dropping a 1-0 decision to NC State.

Senior Carly Mauldin had 5 shots, 2 on target as the Mississippi State Bulldogs were beaten 1-0 on a Lipscomb overtime goal in the 109th minute in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs outshot Lipscomb 28-8 and had 2 goals waved off, one a header from Mauldin who was called offside.

MAC Champion Bowling Green were knocked out of the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 loss to Penn State. Seniors Elisa Baeron and Victoria Cope played for the Falcons in a 2018 season that set records for the most wins in a single season (14), fewest losses (7) and highest winning percentage at .705.

Motor City FC Alumni Receive Division Honors

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The collegiate women’s soccer season is winding down with several Motor City FC alumni receiving high honors in their respective divisions.

Alexa Spaanstra and Courtney Peterson of Virginia were both named to the All-ACC Third Team while Spaanstra was also named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Spaanstra lead her squad in points with 20 and is tied with teammate Taryn Torres for assists with 6 and is second on the squad with 7 goals scored. She ranks among the top 10 in the ACC in points per game, total points total assists, and assists per game. She is tied for 11th overall in goals scored, assisted on four game-winning goals this season and scored the game winner in her first start against Cincinnati.

Junior defender Petersen has been a key defensive player for the Cavaliers despite missing the last four games of the season due to injury. She has 4 assists on the season including an assist in the win over No. 11 Penn State. This is her first All-ACC honor since being selected to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2015.

Florida State Redshirt Sophomore Malia Berkley was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Berkley helped anchor the Seminole defense at Centerback contributing to a recorded 12 shutouts in 19 games played this season, including shutouts of No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Virginia and No. 7 USC.

Kristina Lynch scored the winning goal in the 84th minute as Florida State earned their sixth Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship (fifth in the last six seasons) with a 3-2 decision over No. 3 North Carolina on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Mega Connolly assisted on the second goal of the match in the 41st minute giving the Seminoles a 2-0 lead going into half time.

Elisa Baeron scored the final goal as Bowling Green defeated Ball State in a shootout to win the MAC Tournament Title. The fifth-year Senior was named the MAC Tournament MVP. The win earns the Falcons an automatic bid the NCAA Championships.

Motor City FC Alumni Earn Collegiate Honors

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Northwestern Senior, Marissa Viggiano  was named to her second straight All-Big Ten First Team. Viggiano tallied 2 goals and 5 assists this season and her 20 career assists tie her for second-most in program history.

Michigan Senior, Reilly Martin earned her fourth straight conference honor as she was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Martin ranked third on the team with 6 goals and 4 assists on the 2018 season, highlighted by her second career two-goal performance against Central Michigan. Martin is one of two players to start all 18 games for the Wolverines in 2018. She heads into the post season with a career 21 goals and 24 assists.

Michigan Sophomore, Midfielder Sara Stratigakis earned her second straight conference honor being named to The All-Big Ten Second Team. Stratigakis played in all 18 games in the 2018 season, 17 as a starter. She is tied for 10th in the Big Ten Conference with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists) scoring 2 game-winning goals for the Wolverines this season.

Northwestern Senior, Brenna Lovera was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Lovera lead Northwestern in offense this season with 8 goals and 19 assists, tied for sixth-best in a season and eighth-best in program history. Her goal-scoring production tied her for third-best in the conference and her 12 career, game-winning goals were a program record, besting the old record by 4 goals.

Mississippi State Senior, Carly Mauldin earned Second Team All-SEC honors. Mauldin started every match over her four-year career and is currently fifth in Bulldog history with 6,436 career minutes and tied for eighth with 71 career starts. Mauldin netted four goals this season and her nine points on the 2018 season are her career best.

Junior, Taylor Kornieck was named Colorado University Athlete of the Week, Presented by Arrow. Kornieck scored 2 goals and added an assist in the Buffalo’s 3-0 win over California. Kornieck scored Colorado’s lone goal as the Buffalos dropped a 2-1 decision to UCLA on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

In Big Ten tournament play, the Michigan Wolverines gave up a goal in the 89th minute in a 1-0 loss to Penn State on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Reilly Martin, Sara Stratigakis and Taylor Timko all contributed for the Wolverines.

Seniors Lexy Warner and Brenna Cockerill played their final college games for Michigan State as the Spartans lost a 2-0 decision to Nebraska on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Illinois advanced to the Big Ten finals beating Wisconsin 3-0 in a shootout after playing to a 2-2 draw in double overtime on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Sophomore Madi Wolfbauer netted the third, and final penalty kick for the Fighting Illini.

In other conference play, Alexa Spaanstra had a goal and an assist as the Virginia Cavaliers advanced to the ACC Semifinals defeating Louisville 2-0 on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Florida State advances to the ACC Semifinals with a 1-0 win over Duke on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Kristina Lynch assisted on the winning goal.

Florida State will play Virginia in a semifinal match on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Colleen McKay assisted on the lone goal as Western Michigan advanced to the MAC Semifinals with a 1-0 win over Akron on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The Broncos face off with Ball State University on Friday, November 2, 2018.

The Florida Gators advanced to the SEC quarterfinals defeating Auburn 2-1 in a penalty-kick shootout Sunday, October 28, 2018.  Madison Alexander put Florida on the board first, scoring on a penalty kick. Auburn tied the match at 1-1 and stayed that way through double overtime, resulting in the shootout. Florida plays Vanderbilt on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.