The Motor City Women took to the road to open the 2016 campaign with their first test coming against FC Indiana. With a short bench in the opening match, MCFC would have to work efficiently and effectively to earn their 3 points, in a 4-3 victory.
Head Coach Aaron Byrd was thrilled with the girls perseverance too get the result.
He added, “Being the teams first game, and being on the road with a short bench, it was great to get three points. The girls showed a ton about their character and continually fought back after a good FC Indiana team continually took the energy away from us and forced us to continue to battle.”
Midfielder Marti Corby (Ada, MI) who plays for Grand Valley State University led the way with two goals, while Jenna Hellstrom (Sunbury, Ontario) and Alice Palmer (Poole, United Kingdom) each added a goal.
After traveling to FC Indiana, MCFC had a quick turn around for the opening home match of the season at the club's new facility, Hurley Field, in Berkely, MI. Motor City hosted Steel City FC Sunday, with another result earning them 3 points in a 1-0 victory.
“The biggest adjustments had to be made at halftime of the game, other than that, the game plan remained the same. We played a very good Pittsburgh team who is a talented team,” said Coach Byrd.
Coach Byrd described Sunday’s lone goal as the epitome of the #MotorCityTough mentality.
He added, “Ashley Henderson, Gabbi Mancini, Annika Johnson and Lulu Haidar came in and provided a huge spark, worked extremely hard and got us the 1-0 victory.”
MCFC heads to Lansing to take on first-year club Michigan Chill at the Hope Soccer Complex in Lansing, MI on Wednesday June 1st.
After another road contest on June 4th, the rematch against Pittsburgh Steel City FC, the Motor City Women return home on Saturday, June 11th to take on FC Indiana at Hurley Field at 3pm. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online and save $2 ($8 online/$10 at the gate).