The Motor City women remain undefeated in the 2016 season. With only one tie to Michigan Chill, the women won 8 of their 9 matches leaving them with a record of 8-0-1. In addition to holding the top spot on the table, The Motor City women will have a chance to clinch the Great Lakes Division league title with a win over Michigan Chill SC next Saturday, July 9th.
Securing a league title takes effort and talent and there is a strong mentality Coach Byrd insists on them carrying with them every match. Remaining unbeaten puts a lot of pressure on MCFC. However, Coach continues to reiterate that there's a lot of work to be done. They are not content with what they have accomplished at this point with team goals set prior to the seasons start exceed their current milestone.
Coach Byrd added “They are playing with great confidence right now and having a lot of fun playing the game.”
Center Defender Christina Murillo, who plays for University of Michigan, has stepped up as a leader for MCFC. Murillo’s incredible talent, along with her overall positive attitude and ability to be vocal with her teammates, has allowed her to step into a leadership role for the club.
“Everyone has a role and a job to do and they have responded extremely well to the challenge. However, the whole team would agree that our center backs Ally Haran and Christina Murillo have been a major part of our team’s success. They set the tone of the game for our whole back line and having them as the anchors of the defense gives everyone a sense of calmness and confidence.” Coach Bryd added.
Entering the post season MCFC will have to stay physically and mentally prepared for the road ahead. Having college players on the team entering post season doesn’t change anything.
Coach confirms “We will have the bulk of our roster the rest of the way this summer. We've been finding out throughout the summer who really wants to be here and who wants to compete. We will roll with those girls the rest of the way as they've proven they give us the best chance to win and are willing to do all the work necessary to battle for their teammates.”
Byrd made one thing clear at the beginning of the season, which was the club’s goal to win a national championship. The focus and goal remains the same and the work continues as the end of the season is quickly approaching.
The last home game of the season will be against Michigan Chill at Hurley Field in Berkley, MI on Saturday July 9th at 3pm. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online and save $2 ($8 online/$10 at the gate).