Adversity tells no lies. It shows who people truly are in tense situations. FC Wichita proved they can handle adversity in a 2-2 draw with the Texas Spurs FC on Saturday night.
“We were good enough to come back,” assistant coach Aaron Avila said.
Despite the previous result of a 4-0 win in mid-May, Texas Spurs FC came out aggressive, the pressure caused some issues for FC Wichita.
“Early they came after us,” Avila said.
Melanie Barnes found the first goal in the fourth minute, giving FC Wichita an early deficit.
Stunned, FC Wichita was slow to recover as Kenny Kessler found a goal, putting Texas Spurs FC up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes of the match.
The onslaught from Texas Spurs continued throughout the first half. Keeper Jami Reichenberger had save after save.
“She kept the game in reach,” Avila said. “It’s a lot better than being down 4-0 at halftime.”
Despite trailing 2-0 at the intermission, FC Wichita struck back quickly in the second half when Ally Henderson scored off a corner kick, heading it into the net, cutting the lead down to 2-1 in the 47th minute.
I’m supposed to make those big saves,” Reichenberger said. “When the saves come what i’m supposed to do.”
Sarah Henderson had an opportunity in the second half, going one-on-one but a little too much excitement sent the ball over the woodwork. As the opportunities continued to pile up for FC Wichita, the pressure was mounting against Texas Spurs FC.
“They (officials) were letting us play,” Avila said. “Once we started doing that momentum changed. WE took control. We started pressing and forced them into mistakes.”
Opportunity came to fruition for FC Wichita. It was as if the golden goals opened from the heavens. Alyssa Reiniger, recent graduate of McKendree (Ill.), chipped the ball past Texas Spurs FC keeper Maddie Wasden.
“You can tell the momentum was different in the second half,” Reiniger said. “It was an accomplishment for us. It shows were not out of a game when we’re down 2-0, even in the 87th minute.”
The draw leaves FC Wichita in second place in the Southwest-North Region in the WPSL. They’re only two points behind FC Dallas, who leads the table with nine points. Texas Spurs FC is in fifth place with two points.
FC Wichita will head to Tulsa on Saturday, June 10 take on win-less FC Tulsa Spirit at 7 p.m. FC Wichita does not return home until June 24 when they will have a rematch against FC Dallas U-23.