Motor City FC pulled out a 1-0 win on the road against the conference leading and previously undefeated Columbus Eagles at Otterbein Stadium in Westerville, Ohio.
Motor City started fast with the wind at their backs and put the pressure on early, controlling the field and managing to get a couple of shots on target against a very scrappy and competitive Eagles defense.
The Eagle provided some offense of their own testing goalkeeper Bethany Kopel with a shot on goal in the in the 15th minute. Kopel proved to be up to the task in the first half stopping any and all Columbus opportunities.
Both sides sent fresh legs into the game midway through the first half trying to make something happen.
The MCFC side attacked on the right flank in the 28th minute with a shot that went just wide of the net, following that up with their first corner kick of the game with the ball sailing in just out of the reach of Madi Wolfbauer who attempted to head it into the net.
After a scoreless first half both teams headed into the locker room to regroup and plan their strategies for the second half.
Motor City continued to pressure the Eagle defense in the second half, nearly taking the lead on a shot by Malia Berkely off a corner kick that was nullified by the Columbus goalkeeper on a great diving save.
Motor City finally got on the score board in the 68th minute on an unassisted goal by Madi Alexander who received the ball from the wing and cruised in 30 yards uncontested eventually punching the ball past the Eagles goalie for the only score of the game.
The Eagles made one last attempt at an equalizer in stoppage time on a corner kick that was nearly headed in. However the strong play of the back line and Victoria Cope proved to be up to the challenge.
The win keeps the Motor City squad undefeated on the season and into second place in the Ohio Valley Division with 2 wins and a 9-0 goals for/against differential.
"It’s always tough to come on the road against a well-organized, tough-minded team like Columbus, said MCFC Coach Aaron Byrd. “I am proud of how we responded to the adversity. Our defense was outstanding and we created chances in the offensive zone, but just need to be more efficient and capitalize when opportunities present themselves. Next weekend will be another test with two home games against very capable opponents."
MCFC returns home for two games this coming weekend hosting the AAFC Lumberjills on Friday, June 8 at 7:30pm and the Pittsburgh’s Steel City FC on Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 pm. Both games are at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester MI.