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


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


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


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


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.

Motor City FC In The News


Sara Stratigakis scored the winning goal, and her seventh of the season, as the Michigan Wolverines topped Maryland 2-1 on Thursday, October 18 at U-M Soccer Stadium. Stratigakis’ goal ties her for the team lead in goals this season. The Wolverines had a season-high 22 shots, 14 on net. Stratigakis contributed seven while Senior Reilly Martin had four, three on target.

Stratigakis had two assists as the Wolverines blanked Michigan State in a must-win match on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The win earned Michigan a spot in the Big 10 playoffs.

Alexa Spaanstra netted a pair of goals as Virginia posted its fourth straight shutout besting Syracuse 4-0 on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Spaanstra contributed two shots in a losing effort as the Cavaliers dropped a 2-0 decision to Florida State on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Bethany Kopel recorded her fourth shutout of the season making five saves, the biggest coming in the 59th minute on a Maryland breakaway as the Hoosiers earned a 1-0 victory on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Senior Brenna Lovera scored her team-high eighth goal of the season as Northwestern topped Illinois 2-1 Thursday, October 18 at Martin Stadium. Senior Marisa Viggiano assisted on Lovera’s goal and netted one of her own on a free kick in the second half. Lovera’s goal was her 19th of her career, tying hewr for sixth all-time in program history. Viggiano assisted on her 20th goal of her career tying her for the second most assists in Wildcat history.

Viggiano scored the lone goal and equalizer in the 73rd minute as the Wildcats played to a draw with Iowa on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Megan Connolly added an assist as the Florida State Seminoles shut out Virginia 2-0 on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Malia Berkley helped secure the lead blocking a free kick from 20 yards out in the 5ist minute and blocking a shot by Alexa Spaanstra a minute later.

Taylor Kornieck netted a pair of goals and assisted on the third as the Colorado Buffalos beat California 3-0 in an away game on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Motor City FC In The News


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.

Motor City FC In The News


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.

Colorado's Taylor Kornieck Named CU Athlete of the Week


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.

MCFC Alums Start Conference Play


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.