MCFC Alums Start Conference Play

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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

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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.

Motor City FC Skills Camp & Pink Out

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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 motorcityfootball.club 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

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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

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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.

Motor City FC Opens 2018 Season with an Impressive 8-0 Win Over Empire United

Motor City FC started their 2018 Women’s Premier League Soccer (WPSL) season at  a new home stadium, in the new WPSL Ohio Valley Division with an impressive  8-0 win over New York’s Empire United Revs.

Coach Aaron Byrd’s squad, featuring a number of returning players, controlled the game from the kick-off rarely letting the Revs into MCFC territory.

Motor City lit up the scoreboard in the 9th minute with a goal from Madi Wolfbauer who beat the Revs goalie with a shot just inside the far post assisted by Megan Connolly.

Alexa Spaanstra added a goal in the 20th minute, heading the ball into the net off an assist from Rubina Veerakone giving Motor City a 2-0 lead at half-time.

MCFC turned up the heart in the second half scoring 6 times.

Courtney Petersen led the second-half scoring at the 51-minute mark with a 20 yard blast that beat the Revs goalie in the upper corner.

Rubina Veerakone punched one in from 5 yards out in the 63rd minute with Madi Wolfbauer assisting on the play, followed 4 minutes later with a goal from Marisa Viggiano set up nicely by Sarah Stratigakis.

Courtney Petersen notched her second goal of the evening with a 20-yard lob that arced over the Empire goalie’s head into the back corner set up by a nice pass from Clara Robbins.

Megan Connolly added to the tally directing the ball into the net on a cross by Lex Warner in the 82nd minute.

Madi Alexander added the final score of the night in the 88th minute with a shot that ricocheted off a Rev’s defender and the Rev’s goalie into the back of the net.

Coach Byrd was very impressed with his team’s season-opening performance.

“I was happy with the way the game started.  With this being the first game of the year we were trying to figure some things out with positions and personnel. “

“We made some adjustments at half time and talked about  things we could do better in the second half that allowed us to score a few more goals.”   

“When you have this many talented players, they start to figure things out on their own and begin to understand situations on how to break down defenders, making it really fun soccer to watch.”

Motor City FC travels to Columbus, Ohio to meet the Columbus Eagles on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Otterbien University, 1 S Grove St., Westerville, OH. Kick-off is 7:00 PM.

Motor City FC to Play at Stoney Creek High School

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Motor City FC (MCFC) announced today that they will be playing all 2018 WPSL home games at Stoney Creek High School, 6755 Sheldon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48306.

The 42,000 square-foot High School and adjoining facilities, named for the nearby village of Stoney Creek, opened its doors to local students in 2001.

“The Motor City FC 2018 roster is shaping up to be one of the best we’ve had,” said Bob Wolfbauer, Team Manager. “We are fielding some of the best collegiate players in the country including several players who complete on the international stage.”

The 2018 MCFC season opens on Friday, May 25 at 7:30 pm when they take the pitch versus the Empire Revs from West Henrietta, NY.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 16 and under.

We look forward to seeing you all there this summer! #MotorCityTough