Pre-Match Report: vs. Fire & Ice

FC Wichita has won back-to-back Heartland Conference matches as they host Fire & Ice today at Stryker Stadium at 4 p.m.

You can get into the match for only $5.00 at the gate.

FC Wichita went on the road to start the season, they rolled through Nebraska and Missouri, going through the gauntlet of all schedules. However, they’re home for the remainder of the season. Their schedule doesn’t get much easier but the friendly confines of Stryker makes things better.

“It’s always better to be at home,” FC Wichita head coach Sammy Lane said.

FC Wichita has another back-to-back, hosting Fire & Ice on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Then, they host St. Louis Lions on Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m. apart of a triple-header.

The club is infusing youth into the roster, as they suited up seven high schoolers in their loss to Oklahoma City FC last Friday night. The friendly saw a lot of academy players get experience in a professional match.

Today, FC Wichita welcomes Fire & Ice, a 2018 Final Four participant. FC Wichita and Fire & Ice had a tough match on May 20 in Belleville, Ill. Peyton Vincze scored the only goal as FC Wichita fell 2-1 in a match that saw all goals come in the first half.

Kailey Utley leads Fire & Ice in scoring with four goals. No one else has more than one. She also scored the first goal in the first match up.

FC Wichita routs Demize 4-0

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI — Dora Gallo knocked in two and almost had a third as FC Wichita routed divisional foe SFG Lady Demize 4-0 on Thursday afternoon.

FC Wichita is 1-1 on the young season. They sit second in the Heartland Conference. Their three points is equal to St. Louis but FC Wichita owns the goal differential tiebreaker.

FC Wichita looked like their old, dominating self once again. After a tough loss last week, FC Wichita rebounded well and it showed early as Oklahoma State Cowgirl, Peyton Vincze placed a gorgeous ball into the box, Kansas State Wildcat, Dora Gallo, placed it firmly into the back of the net for the early lead in the just the 13th minute.

Katie McClure, the all-time leading goal scorer in FC Wichita history found the net for the first time on the season, sliding by the keeper in the 29th minute, putting FC Wichita up 2-0.

Vincze decided to get in on the scoring action. She took advantage of poor possession by Demize and fire a rocket into the back of the net. FC Wichita would take a commanding 3-0 lead into the break.

Gallo would get a second goal right out of halftime, dazzling the Demize keeper on a play where the keeper found herself outside the box. Gallo made her pay, completing the brace.

Gallo almost added a third one late in the match but it was called back for a questionable offsides.

Before they can return home, FC Wichita will take their show on the road once again. They’ll play the 2017 WPSL Champions, the St. Louis Lions in St. Peters, Missouri on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Then, they’ll play Fire & Ice Academy at 2 p.m. in Belleville, Illinois.

FC Wichita returns home on June 8 looking for against the Demize in a double header. The FC Wichita women’s club kicks off at 4 p.m., with the men starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stryker Stadium. Tickets can be purchased for only $10! So, bring your friends and family to the stadium and watch both clubs get wins over the Demize.

You can follow FC Wichita on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. All FC Wichita broadcasted by the club will be on MyCujoo. Follow FC Wichita’s page for all live streams.

Pre-match Report #2: at SFG Lady Demize

SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Following a disappointing 2-0 loss to Elite Girls Academy on Sunday, May 19, the FC Wichita Women hope to find themselves in the win column as they travel to Springfield to take on SFG Lady Demize on Thursday, May 30.

The FC Wichita Women are still searching for their first goal of the 2019 season, as the offensive power of Brookelynn Entz and Dorra Gallo returns this year.

As for SFG Lady Demize, they find themselves on the bottom of the table in the Heartland after being shutout back-to-back times by St. Louis Lions and Elite Girls Academy. SFG Lady Demize also searches for their first goal of the season.

For Wichita to come out on top, the key is to put pressure on Demize goalkeeper Kaitlin Knetzke to rattle her. In their most recent game, she allowed a goal under two minutes into the game.

Following Thursday night’s game in Springfield, the FC Wichita Women head to Illinois to take on St. Louis Lions and Fire & Ice WPSL on Saturday and Sunday. These games will conclude the current four-game road trip.

Forward Katie McClure rejoins the team for Thursday night’s game in Springfield. McClure has been a crucial part of the FC Wichita offense in their first two seasons.

FC Wichita returns home on June 8 against the Demize in a double header. The FC Wichita women’s club kicks off at 4 p.m., with the men starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stryker Stadium. Tickets can be purchased for only $10! So, bring your friends and family to the stadium and watch both clubs get wins over the Demize.

You can follow FC Wichita Women on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. All FC Wichita broadcasted by the club will be on MyCujoo. Follow FC Wichita Women’s page for all live streams.

TRAINING UPDATE: Taking care of work on the road

WICHITA — As FC Wichita starts out there season with four away games, it seems to be a bit of a challenge not having the home crowd, eager to be back at home but have to be on the road for so long. Players have to get use to not being at home to start the season.

“It’s a weird start to the season,” Head Coach Sammy Lane said. “The good thing of course is give us time to get together, know each other and bond… we’re integrating some new players, kinda change the philosophy.”

Defender, Rachel Vanbuskirk is ready for the challenge for FC Wichita’s road trip.

“It’s definitely going to be hard, it’s definitely going to push us to are limits,” Vanbuskirk said. “I think if we work as a team, work together, and really talk and communicate, we’re good enough team to go far.”

The Women have to travel to Missouri and Illinois and see if they can start the season out with two or more wins and be back at Stryker Stadium with a good record.

“Maybe can get out of those four games, two and two, then you’re set with four games in a row that you should win your home games,” Lane said. “I thought we play really well, last sunday for our first game, that’s a very good team.”

With FC Wichita’s very own Stryker Stadium will be wait for FC Wichita as it will be a while till they get back home.

“We are really looking forward to the home opener, open up the new stadium, it should be a big crowd, Lane said. “There’s plenty of excitement and really looking forward to season rolling.”

FC Wichita’s next game is at SFG Lady Demize on Thursday, May 30 in Springfield, Missouri.

Pre-match report #1: at Elite Girls Academy

OMAHA, NEBRASKA — FC Wichita begins their 2019 regular seasons late in their third season of the Women’s Professional Football League. They’re in Omaha, Nebraska to play the Elite Girls Academy.

FC Wichita lost in their season finale last season 1-0 to Tulsa Fortuna. So, it’s a new season, with new expectations for the ladies in blue. FC Wichita will play in a new conference so, expectations change, with the exception a championship is always the end goal.

Back in the coaching box is Sammy Lane, the legendary Wichita coach. He’s a tough gaffer but he knows how to get the job done. He’s the only head coach FC Wichita has ever known and for good reason. He’s a proven winner as his time at Hutchinson Community College has shown.

Another FC Wichita staple is Jami Reichenberger in net. The Bishop Carroll alum is nothing but a brick wall in net. Her consistency in net also, like Lane, the only keeper FC Wichita has really known. She provides a calm manner about her and it allows the defense to be the dominators we’ve come to expect.

Also returning to FC Wichita is Brookelynn Entz (Kansas State), Ashley Zane (Kansas State), Dora Gallo (Kansas State), Peyton Vincze (Oklahoma State), Hayden Burnett (UMKC), and Rachel Vanbuskirk (Newman).

There are some fresh faces as well, such as Shekinah Flores (Friends), Jami Althiser (Northern Iowa), Mekena Schroeder (Newman) and Madison Wingler (Kansas State).

The Elite Girls Academy might not be well known in the WPSL world but in the world of women’s soccer, they’ve helped produce a ton of Division I talent and are known for putting a very good product on the field.

The kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Unfortunately, there is no stream, so we’ll do our best to provide updates on our social media pages.

FC Wichita announces 2019 regular season schedule

WICHITA — FC Wichita will kick off their schedule on May 19 in Nebraska, Omaha against Elite Girls Academy at 11:30 a.m.

This season, FC Wichita is playing in the Heartland Conference. They’ll play a slew of different opponents.

After playing in Omaha, FC Wichita travels to Springfield, Missouri to play SFG Lady Demize on May 30. The women’s match kicks off at 4:15 p.m., with the men’s match kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

FC Wichita will face a back-to-back on Saturday, June 1, and on Sunday, June 2. They’ll play the 2017 WPSL Champions, the Saint Louis Lions in St. Peters, Missouri on Saturday. Then, they’ll cross the mighty Mississippi to play Fire & Ice WPSL on Sunday.

FC Wichita will have their first home match on June 8 on against SFG Lady Demize at the newly renovated Stryker Soccer Stadium. The women kick-off at 4 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.

To complete their second back-to-back as they travel to Rockhurst University the following to play KC Courage. FC Wichita beat the Courage 3-0 in 2017 in their only meeting.

FC Wichita takes a step out of conference play to play Oklahoma City FC on June 14 at 7 p.m. at Mid-America University. Oklahoma City FC and FC Wichita played together in the Southwest Conference for two seasons. FC Wichita is 3-1-0 all-time against OKC FC.

FC Wichita will finish out their regular season slate with four straight home matches. They’ll host Fire & Ice WPSL on Saturday, June 22. Then, they’ll host Saint Louis Lions on June 23. FC Wichita will have a mid-week match against the KC Courage on Wednesday June 26. They’ll wrap up the regular season against Elite Girls Academy on Saturday, July 6.

Complete Regular Season Schedule:

all times are Wichita local

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME
Sunday, May 19at Elite Girls AcademyCaniglia Field – Omaha, Neb.11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 30at SFG Lady DemizeCooper Stadium – Springfield, Mo.4 p.m.
Saturday, June 1at St. Louis LionsTony Glavin Soccer Complex – St. Peters, Mo.5 p.m.
Sunday, June 2at Fire & Ice WPSLAlthoff Catholic High School – Belleville, Ill.2 p.m.
Saturday, June 8SFG Lady DemizeStryker Soccer Stadium4 p.m.
Sunday, June 9at KC CourageRockhurst University Field – Kansas City, Mo.5 p.m.
Friday, June 14at Oklahoma City FCMid-America University – OKC, Okla.7 p.m.
Saturday, June 22Fire & Ice WPSLStryker Soccer Stadium4 p.m.
Sunday, June 23St. Louis LionsStryker Soccer Stadium2 p.m.
Wed., June 26KC CourageStryker Soccer Stadium7 p.m.
Saturday, July 6Elite Girls AcademyStryker Soccer Stadium2:30 p.m.

FC Wichita moves into Heartland Conference

WICHITA — For the first two seasons of existence, FC Wichita has been in the middle of of the South Region, in the Southwest Conference. That changes in 2019. FC Wichita will now compete in the Heartland Conference in the WPSL.

While not affiliated with the men’s conference, it will provide some formality to the women’s side.

Sure, FC Wichita, in the Southwest. Things worked out. It was centrally located for the most part, other than the trips south to Dallas a couple times a season. There was Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Though, the travel seemed a bit out of sorts compared to the men’s squad, the ladies powered through.

Instead of south, the travel will be centrally located. FC Wichita’s first match is against Elite Girls Academy, which resides in Omaha, Nebraska. They’ll also travel to Belleville, Illinois to play Fire and Ice WPSL. Trips to Saint Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri are on the docket as well.

FC wichita begins their regular season schedule on the road in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19. The complete schedule will be released at a future date.

They return home for their first match at the newly renovated Stryker Soccer Stadium on June 8 against SFG Lady Demize, the women’s club of the Demize NPSL.

FC Wichita is 11-7-2 overall in their two first two seasons.

FC Wichita adds friendly

WICHITA — As FC Wichita is preparing for their third season, they’re continuing to put together their regular season schedule.

FC Wichita and Oklahoma City FC have agreed to a friendly on July 14, 2019 at Mid-America Christian University in Moore, Oklahoma.

FC Wichita were conference foes for the first two seasons in FCW’s existence. However, re-alignment has moved FC Wichita into the Heartland Conference. As now both the men’s and women’s teams play in the same conference.

Wichita and Oklahoma City are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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.
Tickets: Available at the gate or online
Parking: FREE

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.