By Shelly Watkins
Madison Wolfbauer and Alexa Spaanstra combined for 16 points Saturday night as Motor City FC (MCFC) defeated Alliance Academy 11-0 at Hurley Field in Berkley, MI. The pair orchestrated non-stop offense and lead the home team to the resounding victory.
“Our targets were incredible tonight,” said Motor City FC coach Aaron Byrd. “Not only in attacking and setting up chances, but also in helping to maintain possession. Their ability to get open, allow us to find their feet and then keep the ball to create is what makes our team go.”
Wolfbauer (University of Illinois) was simply fantastic in the match, scoring four goals (43:00, 57:00, 86:00, 88:00) on assists from Taylor Timko (University of Michigan), Alice Palmer (Oakland University) and Joanie Sieja (Oakland University). She also contributed an assist to Jennifer Pippen’s (University of North Dakota) 90th minute goal to close out the match.
Spaanstra (University of Virginia) was instrumental especially in the first half, scoring at 16:04 on an assist from Timko and assisting on goals by Taylor Kornieck (University of Colorado) to open the match at 4:00 and Palmer at 28:00. Spaanstra scored again in the 46th minute on an assist from Brenna Cockerill (Michigan State University).
In addition to Pippen’s late-game tally, she also found the net at 31:00 on an assist from Palmer.
Although a lopsided match, MCFC seized the opportunity to focus on on-field communication.
“Just this week we stopped practice about five times to just talk about the importance of communication and the ability to dictate a game or situation,” said Byrd. “Whether it’s as simple as ‘turn,’ ‘man on’ or ‘play quick’, we discussed that how they say it can create an urgency and set the tempo for the game. They do a good job of communication in general, as they are talented, high-level players.”
Motor City’s goalkeeper Victoria Cope was untested in the match as the home side didn’t allow a single shot throughout the entire 90 minutes.
Next week, the team hits the road.
“Next weekend will be a huge test for us,” said Byrd. “We have Pittsburgh on Saturday night and we turn around and have to drive to Cleveland to play Sunday. Pittsburgh and Cleveland are two of the top teams in our division. Short turnarounds, travel and overnight trips are never easy.”
Fresh off a big 5-0 victory over the Cleveland Ambassadors on May 20, Motor City’s record advances to 2-0 in the young season.