Motor City FC (MCFC) outscored FC Indiana (FCI) 3-0 and outshot them 30-1 in a match that provided the home team an opportunity to define and refine their attacking strategies. MCFC (5-0-1) remain undefeated and at the top of the table in the WPSL’s Great Lakes Conference.
MCFC scored twice in the opening half, with Kate Morris (University of North Carolina) striking first at 41:25. Taylor Timko (University of Michigan) and Jennifer Pippen (University of North Dakota) combined on the second goal at 45:00.
“We tried to work on our final third today; creating chances with odd numbers off the ball, finding target speed and running off the ball,” said Motor City FC head coach Aaron Byrd. “We talked at halftime about how to create space in behind and I think we did a better job of understanding the timing of our runs, when to stay wide, when to make the run and when to stay in possession.”
The good news is that MCFC registered 30 shots. The important news is the number of balls that went into the net.
“There were some moments in the second half that I was happy with,” said Byrd. “But, when you have 30 shots on goal and you score three times, good teams are going to beat you with those numbers. We created a lot of quality chances, now we just have to work on the actual finishing of the chances.”
Motor City’s Bella Jozcis (Vardar) converted on a picture-perfect pass from Joanie Sieja (Oakland University) at 70:40 to complete the scoring.
MCFC looks to build on the progress made today when they meet Pittsburgh Steel City FC (4-3-0) tomorrow afternoon.
“Pittsburgh is very tricky to figure out,” said Byrd. “They have a lot of good athletes and they get numbers behind the ball. They are a good team to play. We’ll come back tomorrow, hopefully get a few early ones and continue to work on that final third.”