Motor City FC (MCFC) looks back on a spectacular 2019 season that saw them advancing to the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Championships.
MCFC cruised through the regular season, topping the Ohio Valley Conference with an impressive 9-0-1 record and 28 out of 30 points. The team scored 50 goals to their opponents three and Goalkeeper Bethany Kopel recorded seven shutouts.
The team advanced to the WPSL National Finals by winning the East Regional Tournament, hosted by MCFC in Pontiac, MI, with a 6-0 semifinal victory over Torch FC a stunning 4-2 overtime upset of reigning East Region champs the Chicago Red Stars Reserves.
The season ended earlier than hoped as MCFC failed to advance to the WPSL finals, losing the semifinal game to the Utah Royals FC Reserves on penalty kicks after a hard-fought draw through regulation and overtime periods.
“I am extremely proud of the dedication and determination of this talented team of players,” said Dr. Ned Fawaz, CEO and Owner of Motor City FC. “Our goal this season was to get to the WPSL Nationals and while we didn’t win the ultimate prize, we earned the respect of the league.”
Along the way MCFC won the inaugural Women’s Michigan Milk Cup sponsored by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, defeating Grand Rapids FC (3-1) in the quarterfinals, Michigan Legends (4-0) in the semis and the Detroit Sun (6-0) in the finals.
While everyone on the team played an integral part in Motor City’s success there were a few standout players whose accomplishments ranked near the top of the league’s final stats for the 2019 season.
Malia Berkely and Alexa Spaanstra were tenth and eleventh in goals scored for the season with 13 and nine respectively. Yujie Zhao made the top 20 with 7 and Mariana Speckmaier was right behind Zhao in twenty-first with 7 goals scored in only 8 games.
Yujie was sixth in the league in assists with 7 and Courtney Jones joined a long list of players with 4 assists on the season.
Zhao and Spaanstra tied with three other players for eighth in total points with 21. Berkely was right behind them with 19.
Goalkeeper Bethany Kopel gave up only 3 goals during the regular season while recording 8 shutouts highlighted by a PK save against Torch FC during the East Regional Semifinals that kept the opponents off the scoreboard. Kopel also saved a PK in the game against Utah.