FC Wichita ends season with loss to Fortuna

After a couple rough outings for the ladies in blue, FC Wichita was ready for a comeback game. With a full bench and a packed Trinity Stadium, this game had all the ingredients for a season finale. That result did not hold true as Fortuna Tulsa came out on top 1-0.

The first ten minutes were controlled by Fortuna, getting four shots up and a corner kick opportunity as well. FC Wichita was looking for answers in the midfield early.

FC Wichita finally got a corner chance in the 11th minute, their first real offensive chance thus far. They couldn’t convert but kept their foot on the gas pedal, getting two more corner kick chances just minutes later.

While the game remained scoreless, FC Wichita carried most of the momentum into the following minutes, getting a couple more shots on net as well as a couple more corner kicks. Despite many good chances, the game remained scoreless.

In the 26th minute, Fortuna had two great chances, the first impossibly saved by goalkeeper Jami Reichenberger. The second shot went off the right goal post and out of play.

FC Wichita quickly flipped the field, getting a ball down inside to Katie Cramer, who made a fantastic turn but mishit the shot, sending it over the net. Minutes later, Brooklyn Entz received a ball deep in the zone, found some open space but her shot was met by a defender’s leg.

Each team had one more opportunity a piece in the half, but both shots were off the mark to keep the game scoreless at halftime.

In the first five minutes of the half, Fortuna had two corner kick chances but could not convert on either. In the 52nd minute, FC Wichita returned the offensive attacks with two of their own, but both halted to a stop as Tulsa forced turnovers in the box.

In the next 10 minutes, Reichenberger found four saves to keep Fortuna off the board.

In the 61st minute, Fortuna found the back of the net following a good cross and an even better header by Jordan Langebartels.

The next ten minutes were controlled by FC Wichita, who had seven separate opportunities and two corners as well, but continued to lose possession in the box.

Now entering the 70th minute, both teams knew the end was close but the game was not over. Fortuna played a much more possession based game, possessing the ball for about 80 percent of the last 20 minutes.

In the 84th minute, FC Wichita had a free kick about 40 yards out. The initial kick was good but the final touch in the box was by a Fortuna defender, ending the chance.

As the 90th minute drew on, Wichita formed one last attack, but were once again stopped by the Fortuna defensive line.

“Today is very disappointing, we would have love to have won with a great crowd here at home.” said Head Coach Sammy Lane.

The 0-1 loss dropped FC Wichita to 4-4-1 for 13 points in the conference. The win elevated Fortuna Tulsa to 4-2-4 for 16 points. Fortuna now own the all time series 2-0-0. FC Wichita dropped to 3-1-0 at home this season with the loss.

Regardless of the result Saturday, the season was a success in the eyes of coaches and players alike.

“Honestly, this was such a great opportunity,” said Rachel VanBuskirk. “It’s just been such an honor to play with these girls.”

Lane was optimistic on the future of Women’s soccer here in Wichita.

“Having young players like [Nayeli Gallo] join the team is what this is all about,” said Lane. “That why we do what we do here.”

Pre-Match Report: FC Wichita vs. Fortuna Tulsa

Trinity Academy Stadium | Directions
Gates open: 3:00 p.m. | Kick-off: 4:00 p.m.
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FC Wichita
2018 WPSL Record: 4-3-1 | 3-0-0 home | 13 points
Form: WWLLD

Fortuna Tulsa
2018 WPSL Record: 3-2-4 | 0-1-3 away | 13 points
FORM: WLDDD

Preview

FC Wichita hasn’t been home in forever and are finally back at Trinity Stadium to wrap up the regular season fixtures. Today’s match is sponsored by Wheat State Insurance and Harbor House.

Harbor House at Catholic Charities is there to help break the cycle of violence against women and children. They provide a safe place to stay and the best support services, not limited to counseling, housing referrals, domestic violence education and other life skills. Harbor House does the best ability of utilizing outreach to guide victims of abuse through their Judicial, medical and DCF systems. Harbor House works with women and their children, as well as men, to help them realize a life can be free from abuse and fill them with hope and promise.

FC Wichita and Wheat State Insurance Group have joined together to raise money and donations for Harbor House and their fight against domestic violence. Items requested are not limited to: Socks (must be new), underwear (must be new), bath towels (must be new), hand downs (must be new), laundry detergent, women’s PJs, small kitchen appliances (can be used), paper towels, toilet paper, toothbrushes, canned food, boxed food.

Here’s a link of all drop off locations if you’re unable to attend the match. The donations to Harbor House do not stop at the gate.

With every donation, Kennton Hoffman and Wheat State Insurance Group will match all donations.

So, there’s also a soccer match going on. FC Wichita will host Fortuna Tulsa for the first time in Tulsa’s young history.

FC Wichita is coming off a tough 1-1 draw in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their first trip to Arkansas saw the ladies in blue fight to the very end. After falling behind early in the match, FC Wichita’s Dora Gallo scored in added time to equalize the match from 25 yars outside of the box.

Tulsa also drew their last match, a 2-2 draw with Oklahoma City FC on Monday, July 2.

FC Wichita and Fortuna Tulsa have played once this season, a 2-0 win for Fortuna on June 9 in Tulsa. Fortuna has drawn their last three matches and haven’t won a conference match since June 17.

Fortuna in their first season is coached by Michael Wilson. Wilson came to Fortuna as the head coach of Waldorf University (Iowa). Currently, he’s the head coach at Tulsa Union (OK) High school.

Fortuna isn’t led by just one player. They’ve had at least six different players find the back of the net this season.

If you’re unable to make the match, Johnny Freedom and Zach Light will have your broadcast on Youtube. But come down and support your ladies the wrap up their regular season schedule at Trinity Stadium.

FC Wichita draws with Little Rock

Traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas for their second game in three days, FC Wichita was fired up to get back on track. Wichita came into the game after losing their last two games, including Thursday night’s contest with FC Dallas. FC Wichita drew 1-1 with Little Rock thanks to a last minute goal by Dora Gallo.

Little Rock tested FC Wichita defensively, putting continuous pressure on Wichita’s defensive line and goalkeeper. Just four minutes in, Little Rock had their first corner of the game following the first of many great saves by Wichita keeper Jami Reichenberger.

While Little Rock could not score on the initial corner kick chance, the second ball in was headed into the back of the net by Anika Kallash, giving Little Rock an early lead. FC Wichita began getting opportunities at this point, getting two or three chances in the next eight minutes.

In the 13th minute, Reichenberger kept her great day going, with a punch save to send a ball over the net. This gave the Rangers a corner kick chance but they could not convert.

Three minutes later, FC Wichita got their first shot on target of the day, but it was sent right at the keeper. In the 22nd minute, Jami made another easy save, which sent the game to the first half water break.

In the 29th minute, Wichita had their best chance of the game thus far, but the shot was just late and hit a defenders foot. Five minutes later, Reichenberger saved another chip shot with a jumping punch save over the net.

FC Wichita had their first corner of the game in the 35th minute, but could not convert. Wichita did not have another ball in the offensive third the whole half after this point.

The half ended with Little Rock still leading, 1-0. Reichenberger recorded 15 saves in the first half and Little Rock took 24 shots.

The first 10 minutes of the second half were much like the first half. Little Rock controlled possession very well, giving no chanced to Wichita in this time.

At the 56 minute mark, D. Gallo’s shot was stopped by a diving Rangers keeper, resulting in a corner kick for Wichita. Off the corner, Peyton Eskridge had a nice shot just saved by a Little Rock defender.

The next five minutes were extreme back and forth soccer. The Rangers answered the FC Wichita corner with one of their own. They could not convert and Wichita formed a nice counter attack the other way. A good ball gave Wichita a great one on one with the keeper, but they were called offsides.

Wichita did not have another opportunity all the way to the second half water break in the 69th minute. In this time, Little Rock put seven shots up, six of them saved by Reichenberger.

FC Wichita had a great chance with a free kick just outside the 18-yard mark at the corner of the box. The free kick had too much air under it, sending it over the crossbar. Although the free kick was no good, the momentum had switched to Wichita’s side. Another great strike in the 86th minute was just saved by the Rangers keeper.

Finally, in the second minute of stoppage time, Dora Gallo received a ball in the midfield, about 25 yards out. She took two touches before firing a shot toward the lower right corner of the net. The shot was touched by the Rangers keeper, but not enough as the ball slowly rolled over the end line and into the back of the net.

Wichita defended another two minutes to keep the game at 1-1 and steal a point in Little Rock with the draw.

FC Wichita (4-3-1) returns home for their season finale this Saturday at Trinity Academy. The game is set for a 4:00 p.m. start time against Fortuna Tulsa(3-2-3). Tulsa defeated Wichita in their other contest this season in Tulsa and own the all time series record 1-0-0. You can buy your tickets here.

 

WOMEN OF THE MATCH

Dora Gallo

Gallo delivered the game tying goal in the 92nd minute. She has stepped up big recently for the FC Wichita offensive core.

BY THE NUMBERS

13

Little Rock attempted 13 corner kick on Saturday night. This is by far the most FC Wichita has faced in a single game all season.

44

The Rangers put 44 shots on the board. This made Jami Reichenberger’s life more difficult than usual, keeping her on her toes.

28

Jami Reichenberger recorded 28 saves Saturday night, a season high for her. Her performance kept the ladies in blue close enough to tie it late and take home the draw.

 

By: Matthew Will

Pre-Match Report: FC Wichita at Little Rock Rangers

When: Saturday, June 30 :: 5:00 p.m. CST
Where:War Memorial Stadium | Little Rock, Arkansas
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FC Wichita
2018 WPSL Record: 4-3-0, 12 points
Form: WWWLL

Little Rock Rangers
2018 WPSL Record: 0-7-1, 1 point
FORM: LLLLD

Preview

FC Wichita (4-3-0) hits the road for the last time this season, to finish the season series with the Little Rock Rangers (0-7-1). In their first game of the year, Wichita defeated the Rangers 7-1 at Trinity Academy.

Both teams desperately want a win this weekend. FC Wichita enters the game following a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. Wichita’s two goals were scored by newcomers, who were both playing their first game in the Wichita blue.

Little Rock enters the game following a 0-0 draw with Fortuna Tulsa, earning their first point of the season. Little Rock had an opportunity to win in the 66th minute on  penalty kick but it was stopped by the Tulsa keeper. While Little Rock does not have a win in regular season conference play, they do have a couple friendly wins, both against Lady Demise. Those wins are highlighted by the offense of Anika Kallash.

FC Wichita has relied on their offense this season, and will need even more production in their final two games. There have been many different goal scorers and offensive threats as the season has continued. If they can get one or two forwards going, they will get back on track and keep putting goals on the scoreboard.

Players to Watch FOr

Little Rock Rangers: Anika Kallash

Kallash scored three times in Little Rock’s win in a friendly over Lady Demise last week. They will need some production from her to secure a conference win.

FC Wichita:  Hayden Burnett

For the first time this season, the “player to watch for” is a midfielder. The past two games, FC Wichita has struggled to move the ball into the offensive third. If the midfielders, headlined by Burnett, can control the ball and push it up field, Wichita can get more offensive chances and help their forwards and wingers score.

FC Wichita falls against FC Dallas

The math was simple. Beat FC Dallas to keep conference title hopes alive, lose or draw and FC Dallas wins the conference.

It was FC Dallas who came out on top after a hard fought 90 minutes, winning 3-2 over Wichita.

FC Wichita took control early, finding their first chance just two minutes in but the cross sent in by Rosa Urista-Chico found nobody in the box. Five minutes later, another strong offensive attack for FC Wichita was stopped after they aired a ball wide of the net.

Dallas got their first chance in the 11th minute, sending a ball across the box. The ball just missed a runner’s foot, keeping the game scoreless.

In the 13th minute, FC Wichita broke the scoreless tie. Peyton Eskridge scored her first goal in a Wichita jersey. Eskridge ran down a ball, beating the keeper and tapped it into the net. The lead did not last long as Dallas scored on a own goal by Wichita in the 21st minute.

Just six minutes later, Dallas took their first lead of the game on a strike by Chelsea Supris. FC Wichita and newcomer Nayeli Gallo did not let that last long, finding an equalizer just 45 seconds later. Despite lots of chances on both sides, the 2-2 scoreline held to halftime. This included a goal taken off the board for Dallas due to an offsides call.

Head Coach Sammy Lane’s message to the team at halftime was fairly simple, saying that we were still in this game and we had played a solid half.

The second half was rough for FC Wichita, who struggled to gain and keep possession for long amounts of time. The 50th minute gave FC Wichita their first offensive chance of the half, but the shot was fired directly at the keeper. FC Wichita did not have a touch in the offensive third until the 67th minute. Dallas pushed forwards hard and made Jami Reichenberger make some difficult plays in this time.

In the 67th minute, FC Wichita put a good possession together, but failed to find the net once again. Six minutes later, Dallas’ Belicia Madiola broke the tie. Dallas kept their foot on the gas pedal, making Reichenberger work to keep the game at 3-2.

FC Wichita struggled to find another good offensive possession. That held true to the end of stoppage time, rewarding Dallas with the win.

The win gave FC Dallas 25 points, securing the southwest conference title. Wichita can still secure the second place position with wins against Little Rock and Fortuna.

FC Wichita continues their season in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday night to take on the Little Rock Rangers. Little Rock enters the game off a 0-0 draw with Fortuna Tulsa.

The FC Wichita Women return home Saturday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m. to finish the season against Fortuna Tulsa. That game will take place at Trinity Academy in Wichita. You can purchase your tickets here.

By the Numbers

14

Despite giving up three goals, Jami Reichenberger added 14 saves to her season total.

13

FC Dallas now leads the conference standings by 13 points over FC Wichita. Mathematically, that eliminated Wichita from title contention.

2

The two goals scored by Wichita were both by newcomers to the team, Peyton Eskridge and Nayeli Gallo.

Pre-Match Report: FC Wichita vs. FC Dallas

When: Thursday, June 28 :: 7:00 p.m. CST
Where:South Lakes Soccer Club | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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FC Wichita
2018 WPSL Record: 4-2-0, 12 points
Form: LWWWL

FC Dallas
2018 WPSL Record: 7-0-1, 22 points
FORM: WWWWW

Preview

18 days following their last game, the FC Wichita Women finally return to the pitch for quite possibly the biggest game this season. FC Wichita (4-2-0) travel to Oklahoma City for the first of two neutral site games against FC Dallas (7-0-1).

FC Dallas is hot right now, still undefeated this season. Their only draw came against Fortuna Tulsa, a 1-1 contest. FC Dallas’ most recent contest was on Sunday June 24, a 6-0 win over Oklahoma City FC. Dallas only has two games left on their schedule, both against FC Wichita.

Unlike FC Dallas, FC Wichita still has four games to play, two against FC Dallas, one against the Little Rock Rangers, and the season finale at home against Fortuna Tulsa. FC Wichita has not played a game in a while, and that may show Thursday night. Their most recent game resulted in a 2-0 loss to Fortuna Tulsa.

Peyton Vincze and Dora Gallo have stood up as offensive leaders recently, accounting for most of the Wichita goals and shots in the past few games. Tanna Benefiel has controlled the ball well in the midfield, setting up many offensive opportunities. FC Wichita has the security blanket feel of Jami Reichenberger in goal, praised by her coaches as one of the best in the league.

Thursday night’s contest is set to start at 7 p.m. at South Lakes Soccer Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The women return to action on Saturday June 30, when they travel to Little Rock, Arkansas to take on the Little Rock Rangers. The women return home next week, July 7 to take on Fortuna Tulsa to end the season. You can purchase tickets here.

PLayers to Watch FOr

FC Dallas: Halee Sowinski

Halee has scored three goals and assisted on another. Her leadership has helped the explosive offense of FC Dallas this season, who have a +29 goal differential.

FC Wichita: Jami Reichenberger

FC Wichita needs Reichenberger to be a big presence in goal. If she can find another clean sheet in this game, FC Wichita will be in a decent position to fight for the conference title.

By: Matthew Will

FC Wichita shutout loss to Fortuna Tulsa

By: Matthew Will

For Fortuna Tulsa, Saturday night’s win was a little more special. FC Wichita lost 2-0 to Fortuna Tulsa who collected their first victory in franchise history.

The night started rough for FC Wichita (4-2-0), as they only traveled and dressed 13 players. On top of that, the starters walked out to see 1,127 fans, surrounding the pitch.

“It was unbelievable… this place is second to none.” Assistant coach Corey Bryant said.

As the game began, Fortuna Tulsa (1-1-1) was playing the game faster and cleaner than Wichita. The first 10 minutes of the game were tough defensively for FC Wichita, who lost possession every time they found the ball. Just three minutes in, goal keeper Jami Reichenberger made a fantastic diving save to keep the game scoreless.

In the 6th minute, Reichenberger moved out of her inner box to the right. She made the initial save, but Fortuna Tulsa’s Taylor Malham found the rebound and buried it into the empty net, giving Tulsa an early 1-0 lead.

Fortuna Tulsa kept their foot on the gas pedal, keeping possession for most of the next 10 minutes. In this time, they took their first corner kick of the game, but were unable to convert. Finally, in the 18th minute, FC Wichita had their first offensive opportunity of the game, but came up empty.

In the following five minutes, Reichenberer stopped another three Tulsa shots. FC Wichita flipped possession in the 27th minute and earned their first corner of the game. The kick went far past the box, but went off Tulsa, awarding Wichita with a second corner attempt. This attempt was much closer, as Tanna Benefiel headed a good ball towards the goal. But the header went high over the crossbar.

In the 30th minute, Tulsa was given a penalty shot due to an unintentional hand ball inside the box by Rachel VanBuskirk. Fortuna’s Parker Goins lined up to take the shot, but sent it too far left. In Tulsa’s very next drive, Yolanda Thomas found a ball inside the box, and sent it into the net, making it a 2-0 game for Fortuna.

The last 15 minutes of the half gave equal opportunities for both sides, but neither could make anything happen. Peyton Vuncze had two great chances in this time but was called offsides both times.

Bryant’s message for the team at halftime was simple.

“We can not give up the next goal.” Bryant said. “If we can put the next one on the board, we are back in this.”

From the 45th to the 62nd minutes, Fortuna Tulsa dominated possession, as FC Wichita only touched the ball in the offensive third once during this time. Reichenberger made four great saves during this time and Tulsa’s other four shots went airing over the crossbar.

Finally, in the 63rd minute, FC Wichita had a free kick chance inside the offensive half. While the ball was placed and played well, the Fortuna keeper made a good save. Two minutes, later, Wichita had a great opportunity deep in the Fortuna zone. After a nice cross, Rachel Marshall’s shot was too high and over the net.

In the 78th minute, FC Wichita had their best chance of the entire game, a free kick just outside the box. Amy Strath send a good shot at the keeper, but it was stopped. Vincze tried to get to the rebound, but the keeper beat her.

Both sides found a couple of chances through the remainder of the game, nobody capitalized. In the 88th minute, Reichenberger made one of the best saves of the year, getting a hand on a ball that was surely going in, forcing a corner.

“To have [Reichenberger] sitting behind our back four is unbelievable,” Bryant said. “She’s the best goalkeeper in the conference. Hands down.”

The loss did not help FC Wichita in the conference table. Wichita needs to play well down the final four games to stay safe atop the table. The all-time series moved to 1-0-0 in favor of Fortuna Tulsa.

The FC Wichita Women return home Saturday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m. to finish the season series with Oklahoma City FC. That game will take place at Trinity Academy in Wichita. You can purchase your tickets here.

BY THE NUMBERS

1,127
Tulsa showed they love soccer on Saturday night, bringing 1,127 fans out. In their three games, they have had an average of 1,275 fans at each game.

13
FC Wichita was only able to travel and dress 13 players, making it tough to keep up with the fresh legs of Fortuna Tulsa.

0
For the first time this season, FC Wichita was held scoreless. Wichita, an offensively strong team, struggled offensively for the first time this year.

Pre-Match Report: FC Wichita @ Fortuna Tulsa

By: Matthew Will

FC Wichita goes into the second half of the season going with one goal in mind, win a conference championship. This goal seems far more attainable following two big wins over Oklahoma City FC and a split with Texas Spurs FC.

FC Wichita (4-1-0) travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on Fortuna Tulsa (0-1-1) for the first time ever on Saturday night. Fortuna Tulsa, who is in their inaugural season, is still searching for their first win in franchise history.

FC Wichita enters the game following a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City FC highlighted by a last minute, game-winning goal by Dora Gallo. The FC Wichita women have scored 16 goals in their five games this season.

Fortuna Tulsa is still searching for answers, losing game one 0-1 to Oklahoma City FC and drawing FC Dallas with a last-minute goal. While the draw with Dallas feels good for the young team, they will be hungry for more as the season progresses.

The all-time series between these two teams sits at 0-0-0 as this is the first meeting between these two teams.

Looking forward, FC Wichita still must face FC Dallas twice, Fortuna Tulsa twice, and face the Little Rock Rangers for the second time this year. Saturday’s nights contest with Fortuna Tulsa is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff time at the University of Tulsa soccer stadium.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR

Fortuna Tulsa: GK Hannah Warner

Despite not having anything in the win column, Fortuna Tulsa has had good goal tending. They have only allowed two goals this season, one in each of their two games. If Warner keeps it up, Tulsa could end up with a decent first season.

 

FC Wichita: F Dora Gallo

If you have not seen or heard about the sensation that is Dora Gallo, you are missing out! Gallo scored her first goal of the year off a corner kick rebound in Oklahoma City on a 20-yard rocket. Her header in the last minutes of the home match against Oklahoma City FC lifted FC Wichita to their fourth win of the year.

Gallo nails game winner

By: Matthew Will

Following a strong 2-0 road win over rivals Oklahoma City FC, FC Wichita was ready to finish the sweep of the season series. With the whole conference looking up at them in the standings, FC Wichita was prepared to send fans home happy on Wednesday night, and Dora Gallo delivered.

FC Wichita (4-1-0) defeated Oklahoma City FC (2-2-0) on Wednesday 2-1 in one of FC Wichita’s most exciting games to date. The first half was full of opportunities but saw no results on the scoreboard.

“It’s a rivalry game.” FC Wichita Head Coach Sammy Lane said. “Those are the types of game you want to play in, and most importantly, those are the games you want to win.”

FC Wichita wasted no time getting the bench involved, subbing in Rosa Urista-Chico just four minutes into the game. The next ten minutes,Oklahoma City dominated possession, forcing FC Wichita turnovers left and right, and were rewarded with a corner kick in the ninth minute. Despite not connecting, Oklahoma City kept their foot on the gas, forcing ball towards keeper Jami Reichenberger.

The next couple minutes were Reichenberger clinic time, as she recorded four saves in a matter of seven minutes. Finally, in the 23rd minute, FC Wichita got their first real chance of the game, but Oklahoma City made easy work of a clearance.

As the half continued, both teams found success in the midfield area, but neither team could find connected passes in the offensive third. The best chance of the half came in the 38th minute when Peyton Vincze ran down a ball inside the box, forcing the keeper to make a desperation dive. Vincze grabbed the rebound but Oklahoma City cleared the ball before anything could happen.

The half saw one more corner kick from Oklahoma City, which went too far. The half ended a 0-0 draw, both teams still searching for success.

Only five minutes into the second half, FC Wichita finally got the break they were looking for, scoring on a great play by Vincze, after she beat the keeper one on one. But, just after sinking the ball into the net, the center official blew his whistle signaling offsides, keeping the game scoreless.

From this point on, FC Wichita turned the game in their favor, winning 50/50 balls, keeping possession and shutting down Oklahoma City’s attacks. Finally, in the 59th minute, the hard work paid off. Hayden Burnett sent a perfect pass to Katie Cramer on the right side of the field. Cramer beat the keeper one on one, to the low left side, breaking the tie.

Just two minutes later, Burnett and Cramer set up what appeared to be an exact replica of the play used to score. This time however, the keeper hustled out and beat Cramer to the ball.

KC got their first golden chance of the game on a free kick about 30 yards out. The kick curved well but remained too high and sailed past. In the 68th minute, the first yellow card in a FC Wichita game was awarded. Oklahoma City’s Rebekah George found the officials book after taking down a FC Wichita player hard.

FC Wichita came very close to converting on the free kick, getting three touches inside the goalie box, but came up empty-handed. The game had it’s usual back and forth action until the 75th minute, when FC Wichita committed a foul inside the box. Reichenberger was forced to face the fourth penalty kick of the season for FC Wichita opponents. Oklahoma City’s Courtney Dike fooled Reichenberger, sending the ball into the bottom right corner, knotting the game at 1-1.

In the next 15 minutes, FC Wichita had opportunity after opportunity to break the scoreless tie but could not convert on anything. In the 89th minutes, just as fans were starting to accept the result of a 1-1 draw, FC Wichita was fouled and received a free kick about 40 yards out.

Amy Strath set up, ready to send a ball into the box and give her forwards a chance. The ball was placed perfectly, ending up at the center of the goalie box. FC Wichita got the first touch but lost possession. Oklahoma City attempted to clear the ball, but the ball only made it five yards where it found the boot of Ryan Burnett. Burnett sent the ball over the row of defenders to Gallo, who threw her head back into the ball. The ball found it’s was over the Oklahoma City keeper and into the back of the net, giving FC Wichita a 2-1 lead with only minutes remaining.

“That flick back header… There’s few people who understand how to do that.” Lane said. “And [Gallo] was the only girl on the field who could score that one.”

Both sides found one or two more chances in last minute and stoppage time, but neither found the back of the net again, giving FC Wichita their third straight win.

“I’m obviously pleased with the win, keeps us on top of the table.” Lane said.

The win delivered FC Wichita three more points, keeping them atoll the conference table. Of the six points possible against Oklahoma City this season, FC Wichita took all of them. The all-time series moved to 3-1-0 in favor of FC Wichita, 1-1-0 at home.

WOMEN OF THE MATCH

Dora Gallo

Gallo delivered the game winning goal with just minutes remaining on Wednesday night. The goal was Gallo’s second of the season, she has scored in two straight matches now.

BY THE NUMBERS

3

Jami Reichenberger has faced a penalty kick in each of the three home games for FC Wichita this season and has not stopped one yet home.

12

FC Wichita sits alone at the top of the table with 12 points. With two very difficult opponents out of the way, FC Wichita can win the conference if they continue their winning ways.

1

For the first time this season, a yellow card has been awarded in an FC Wichita game. In the previous four games, no cards were awarded to either side.

Gallo, Vincze score in 2-0 win over Oklahoma City FC

By Matthew Will

FC Wichita defeated Oklahoma City FC 2-0 in a defensive showcase for goalkeeper Jami Reichenberger from beginning to end. In the first minute of the game, Reichenberger made two stellar saves back-to-back.

Fresh off a 4-2 win at home against Texas Spurs FC, FC Wichita (3-1-0) controlled their own destiny. Going into the Sunday afternoon game in Oklahoma City against Oklahoma City FC, FC Wichita knew a win would sit them alone atop the conference standings. And they did exactly that.

“[Jami] kept us in the game early.” Assistant coach Aaron Avila said. “I mean, one of those two goes in, it is probably a completely different game.”

The following minutes were somewhat eventless, the only action being turnovers in the midfield. It was not until the 10th minute that another opportunity arose. Oklahoma City FC (2-1-0) had two solid possessions, putting two shots close but not on target.

After bringing in a sub in the 14th minute, FC Wichita fueled their first offensive push of the game, resulting in a corner kick. Dora Gallo came forward to take the kick and placed it nearly dead center into the box. The ball was deflected almost directly back to Gallo, and she made the keeper pay, sending a strike to the top left corner, breaking the scoreless tie.

Oklahoma City FC followed the goal by receiving a corner kick of their own but could not convert. Both teams subbed many times in the next 20 minutes, with no real opportunities either way in that time.

In the 35th minute,Oklahoma City FC took a free kick from just outside the box, but Reichenberger stepped up for the save. Despite OKC making several desperation drives together at the end of the half, the game remained tied at the break.

Oklahoma City FC opened the second half with just about five minutes of consistent possession. This included three corner kicks, all of which Reichenberger stopped. It was at this point that FC Wichita flipped the field, putting up four good possession in a span of 10 minutes.

Oklahoma City FC returned to the corner flag again in the 59th minute, but still could not sneak a ball past Reichenberger. A foul awarded OKC a free kick just outside the box in the 61st minute.

The next minute, FC Wichita was awarded a goal kick on a shot off target by OKC. Reichenberger sent it about two-thirds down the pitch, off an Oklahoma City FC head and to the feet of forward Peyton Vincze. The Oklahoma City FC keeper played the ball but could not get there in time. Vincze sent the ball to the side, ran it down and buried a well needed insurance goal for FC Wichita.

Oklahoma City FC got their fifth corner of the half in the 64th minute but aired the ball far across the field.

The next 20 minutes of the game were back and forth opportunities, both keepers bosting their save counts, but not allowing any goals. Finally, OKC found some good opportunities in the final five minutes, trying to find the scoreboard. The FC Wichita defensive line strengthened up and kept Reichenberger’s clean sheet intact to the final whistle.

“Overall, the girls worked hard.” Avila said. “The girls went out and executed.”

FC Wichita would go on to secure the 2-0 win, moving them to 3-1-0 on the year, putting them at first in the southwest conference with nine points. The all-time series with Oklahoma City FC improved to 2-1-0, undefeated on the road.

The FC Wichita Women return to action Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. to finish the season series with Oklahoma City FC. That game will take place at Trinity Academy in Wichita. You can purchase your tickets here.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Jami Reichnberger

Reichenberger not only recorded 18 saves but also a shutout, her first of the season. If that was not enough already, she assisted on the Vincze goal as well.

BY THE NUMBERS

18
Jami Reichenberger recorded 18 saves in the win against Oklahoma City FC. Ten of those occurred in the second half, a showcase in goal for her.

6
Oklahoma City FC had six attempts from the corner post on Sunday afternoon. FC Wichita also had six offsides calls against them.

4
FC Wichita committed four fouls in the game. This also marked the fourth game this season they have gone without being awarded a card of any color.