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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Pre-Match Report: FC Wichita at Oklahoma City FC

By: Matthew Will

With both teams fresh off wins, this game means a little more than others for both FC Wichita and Oklahoma City FC. The game could prove decisive in the final standings at the end of the year. Oklahoma City FC comes into the season following a conference championship last year.

FC Wichita enters the game 2-1-0 after a big 4-2 win over Texas Spurs FC highlighted by a Grace Hagan hat trick. The win showed that FC Wichita’s offensive power is still there and will be scary this season. They have scored 12 goals in their three games, five of which were scored by Hagan.

Oklahoma City FC on the other hand, has had trouble finding the back of the net, wining both of their games, 1-0. They have been helped tremendously by their goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff, who has not allowed a goal yet in the young season.

The all-time series between these two teams sits at 1-1-0. FC Wichita stole an 8-0 road win against Oklahoma City FC last season. Oklahoma City FC followed it up with a 3-0 win in Wichita later in the year.

FC Wichita (2-1-0) returns to Trinity Academy on Wednesday night to play Oklahoma City FC (2-0-0) again to end the season series. The match is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Wichita at Trinity Stadium.  You can purchase tickets here.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR

Oklahoma City FC: GK Hensley Hancuff

Hancuff has yet to allow a goal this season, with back to back 1-0 games. She is fresh off a conference player of the week award and just returned from participation with the United States U-18 training camp.

FC Wichita: GK Jami Reichenberger

Reichenberger kept Friday night’s game in FC Wichita’s favor and she’ll have to do it again to keep the winning ways. Reichenberger secured eight saves on Friday, many of which came in the second half.

 

Hagen’s hat trick fuels FC Wichita’s victory

Just five days after dropping a game to Texas Spurs FC, FC Wichita was ready to get their revenge. This past Sunday, the Spurs scored two second-half goals to beat a small FC Wichita squad.

It didn’t take FC Wichita too long to find some revenge on conference foe Texas Spurs FC. Forward Grace Hagan and FC Wichita treated fans to a 4-2 win, putting Wichita at the top of the southwest conference standings.

Our girls were motivated to come and play.” FC Wichita Head Coach Sammy Lane said. “[I was] really pleased to respond and rebound to what happened to us…Sunday night.”

The first ten minutes contained a lot of turnovers and not many offensive chances, but that is when the game got interesting. FC Wichita put a couple balls just over the crossbar in the following minutes.

It was the 16th minute when Hagan found the back of the net, an unassisted strike past the keeper. In the next 10 minutes, forward Katie McClure had three separate shots go just past the goal, keeping the game at 1-0.

At the 29-minute mark, Hagan found the back of the net again, this time after a failed save by Spurs keeper Yvette Bedoy. FC Wichita kept their foot on the gas petal in the following minutes. The teams took a water break at the 31-minute mark due to the heat and Wichita came out fast.

Not even 30 seconds after the break, Rosa Urista-Chico scored on a nice feed by Katie McClure. McClure moved her point streak to three games with nine points in those games.

While the momentum did not shift, possession began to. Texas began getting better opportunities and possessions deep into FC Wichita territory. A foul in the box awarded the Spurs a penalty kick, giving them a chance to end Jami Reichenberger’s clean sheet. Spurs’ Kelsey Hodges faked Reichenberger to the left, putting the ball in the right side of the net. The penalty shot goal put Texas on the board, moving the game to 3-1.

FC Wichita had three straight corner kick opportunities in the 44th minute but could not convert, taking the 3-1 score line to the halftime break.

Texas Spurs FC started the half on fire offensively, setting up many offensive attacks. Only five minutes into the half, the deficit was cut to one on an impressive turn around shot by Spurs’ forward Audrey Ward.

At this point, Jami Reichenberger took over the game, making saves all over the box, from corner kicks to fast drives.

In the 56th minute, Hagan was attacking into the right side of the box before getting taken down three separate times within 10 seconds, the third awarding her with a penalty shot. Hagan lined up and delivered, earning herself a hat trick, the first recorded by an FC Wichita player this season.

“We saw the full Grace Hagan tonight.” Lane said. “She is a tremendous athlete.”

Reichenberger went on to make three more crucial saves to keep the game at 4-2. In the final 10 minutes of the game, FC Wichita had three separate free kicks awarded in the offensive third but could not convert.

FC Wichita would go on to secure the 4-2 win, moving them to 2-1-0 on the year, putting them at first in the southwest conference with six points. The all-time series with Texas Spurs FC improved to 2-1-1, undefeated at home. The teams split the season series at one win a piece.

The FC Wichita Women return to action Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. against southwest conference reigning champions Oklahoma City FC. These two teams will wrap up their season series quickly with a rematch scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Stadium in Wichita. You can purchase your tickets here.

WOMEN OF THE MATCH

Grace Hagan

Hagan credited her teammates for her three goals tonight. The hat trick was the first recorded y an FC Wichita player this season. Hagan has helped in the offensive categories throughout the season.

“I was glad to put a few away but there’s just more to come.” Hagan said.

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Jami Reichenberger recorded eight saves in the win against Texas Spurs FC. Seven of those occurred in the second half, one of her best halves of the season.

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Grace Hagan recorded three goals, giving her five on the season. She has a team high 11 points so far this season.

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Texas Spurs FC committed 13 fouls in the game, without any cards being awarded. The Spurs know how to use their size and athleticism and took a couple fouls to prove it.

Season totals:

Points Goals Assists
Grace Hagan – 11 Grace Hagan – 5 Katie McClure – 5
Katie McClure – 9 Rosa Urista-Chico – 3 Hayden Burnett – 1
Rosa Urista-Chico – 6 Katie McClure – 2 Grace Hagen – 1

 

Pre-match Report: FC Wichita vs. Texas Spurs FC

By Matthew Will

When you drop a game, you want to get right back on the horse. FC Wichita (1-1-0) returns home to Trinity Academy to play Texas Spurs FC (1-0-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The two clubs faced off Sunday in brutal heat. FC Wichita had zero subs for the game, making things even harder.

The two have split the all-time series (1-1-1). FC Wichita is 1-0 all-time at home vs. Texas Spurs FC.

Although these two teams faced off on Sunday, this game will be a whole new story. Texas Spurs FC scored two second half goals to win 2-1 and hand FC Wichita their first loss of the season. Don’t let that score line affect the way you view goalkeeper Jami Reichenberger. She played a very good second half, stopping many great opportunities for the Spurs.

Katie McClure continued her hot offensive streak. McClure scored in the 33rd minutes, her second goal of the young season. Those two goals along with four assists give her a team-high eight points.

Offensively, FC Wichita had a great season opener against the Little Rock Rangers, winning 7-1. Five different FC Wichita women scored in that game. McClure was all over the place, scoring a goal and dishing out four assists.

Currently, FC Wichita is third in the Southwest Conference with three points. Texas Spurs FC is second with three points. Oklahoma City FC tops the conference with a max possible six points.

Friday’s game will end the season series between these clubs. The match is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Wichita at Trinity Stadium.  You can purchase tickets here. A reminder, FC Wichita is on the road on Sunday against defending Southwest Conference champion, Oklahoma City FC. FC Wichita beat OKC FC 8-0 in a stunner last season here in Wichita.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR

Texas Spurs FC: Gabriela Coleman

Coleman opened the scoring for the home side Sunday night, and had many great plays in the middle third to set her team up. For the Spurs to sweep the season series, they’ll need her to keep doing what she did so well on Sunday.

FC Wichita: GK Jami Reichenberger

Once again, don’t pit all of the blame from Sunday’s loss on Reichenberger. She played a good game especially given it was 104 degrees. For FC Wichita to get three points Friday, they need Reichenberger to have a strong night in goal, possibly even a clean sheet.

FC Wichita falls late to Texas Spurs FC

Mathew Will
FC Wichita Women Beat Writer

In their first road game of the season, FC Wichita was prepared to take the heat, literally. Sunday night’s game began with a temperature of 104 degrees, and Head Coach Sammy Lane had no substitutions available.

Texas Spurs topped FC Wichita 2-1 on Sunday night, giving FC Wichita their first loss of the season.

While chances arose for both sides, neither could capitalize. It was not until the 33rd minute when forward Katie McClure broke the scoreless tie, giving FC Wichita the lead. The goal was her second of the year and put her point total to eight on the year. The 1-0 score line would hold on until the halftime break.

“I’ve been involved in an awful lot of soccer matches and I don’t ever remember a group of 11 putting out that much effort in a game.” Lane said.

Texas Spurs FC found the scoreboard in the 57th minute. Gabriela Coleman snuck a ball past goalkeeper Jami Reichenberger and into the back of the net, tying the game at one. From this point on, FC Wichita was obviously running out of gas, being slow on first touches and fast breaks.

Reichenberger made countless saves in the remaining 33 minutes, except for one more nice play by the Texas Spurs FC offense. After getting a fast break off a turnover, Texas Spurs FC hurried down the pitch and beat keeper Reichenberger on the far side of the goal in the 82nd minute, giving the Spurs a 2-1 lead.

Despite having quite a few chances offensively late in the game, FC Wichita could not find the back of the net again, dropping their first match of the season.

“We deserved to take a point from this one on effort alone,” Lane said. “But we get a rematch Friday evening.”

With the win, Texas Spurs FC finds their first ever win over FC Wichita making both teams 1-1-1 in the all-time series. The teams will not have to wait long to get back at each other. The two teams return to action Friday night at 7 p.m. at Trinity Academy in Wichita. You can buy your tickets here.

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Katie McClure scored her second goal of the season Sunday night. She now has a team high eight points on the year. McClure had four assists against Little Rock last week.

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Texas Spurs FC scored two goals on the night, the most scored on FC Wichita thus far.

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Game time temperature was 104 degrees at kickoff This resulted in water breaks halfway through each half.

Pre-Match Report: FC Wichita at Texas Spurs FC

By Matthew Will
FC Wichita Women’s Beat Writer

Coming off a strong season opening win over the Little Rock Rangers on May 19, FC Wichita is ready to return to the pitch on Sunday to keep the season rolling. The game was highlighted by forward Katie McClure, who had a goal and four assists.

FC Wichita (1-0-0) travels to Lucas, Texas to play Texas Spurs FC (0-0-0). Texas, who has yet to play a game this season, comes off a rough season with a record of 2-4-5 last year. FC Wichita owns the all-time record (1-0-1), winning the first matchup last season 4-0. The teams tied in the series finale last year, 2-2.

FC Wichita comes in off a red hot offensive showcase where they won 7-1 over the Little Rock Rangers. Five different FC Wichita women scored in that game.

Last season, FC Wichita went to Dallas, playing the Texas Spurs, match drew 2-2. FC Wichita fell behind 2-0 at the half but came back to draw it 2-2 in the 89th minute. FC Wichita beat the Spurs 4-0 in their first match at Stryker Stadium. The 4-0 win over the Spurs was officially the first win in FC Wichita history.

The teams will turn around quick, ending their season series this Friday back in Wichita at Trinity Academy at 6 p.m.  You can purchase tickets here.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR

Texas Spurs FC: GK Brookly Bradley

Although Bradley struggled in the first game between these two last season, she bounced back for the second contest. The further the season went, the better she became. If Texas wants to come away with a win tonight, they’ll need a big performance from their keeper.

FC Wichita: F Katie McClure

McClure showed Wichita what makes her so special last week recording a goal and four assists. McClure moves the ball well and looks for the open opportunities. The offensive firepower of Wichita has many key members, and McClure is one of those.

Offensive showcase gives FC Wichita opening day win

By Matthew Will
FC Wichita Women’s Beat Writer

The FC Wichita women took the field for the first time this season Saturday afternoon searching for a quick start in WPSL southwest conference play. FC Wichita, in only their second season as a club, welcomed the Little Rock Rangers to town, this being both teams first contests of the year. It turned into an impressive 7-1 win for FC Wichita.

Before the game clock could even read 10 minutes, FC Wichita had already put three shots up, two on target. The forward line of Brooklyn Entz, Katie McClure, and Rosa Urista-Chico applied heavy pressure early and often, helping FC Wichita own the majority of possession these 10 minutes.

The Rangers quickly flipped possession, earning a big chance offensively off a corner in the 13th minute. FC Wichita goalkeeper Jamie Reichenberger easily turned the chance aside, keeping the match scoreless.

FC Wichita continued applying pressure and were eventually rewarded in the 16th minute, scoring on a header by midfielder Grace Hagan off a corner kick attempt by midfielder Hayden Burnett.

The 1-0 lead would not stay that way long as Urista-Chico found the back off the net off the pass by McClure in the 20th minute. The pressure did not end there. Minutes later, Urista-Chico recorded her second goal of the game, also assisted by McClure.

The floodgates were open for FC Wichita and McClure, as she put her first goal on the board sneaking the ball past the keeper in the 26th minute.

“The first 25 minutes I thought we were excellent,” FC Wichita Head Coach Sammy Lane said.

The game slowed down quite a bit in the next 10 minutes, with both sides have a couple opportunities on goal. Reichenberger kept her clean sheet on a huge diving save tipping a ball just over the net.

The offense retuned in the 38th minute when Hagan recorded her second goal of the match on a cross by McClure. The 5-0 score line would hold true to the break at halftime.

Little Rock wasted no time getting on the board themselves, sneaking one past Reichenberger in the 49th minute, ending her clean sheet. FC Wichita defender Ashley Zane would answer off a feed by Hagan to extend the lead back to five eight minutes later.

Reichenberger and Little Rock goalkeeper Michaela Potter exchanged saves until the 90th minute, when McClure set up Entz to put the score line to 7-1. That would hold true to the end of the single minute of stoppage time, giving FC Wichita their first win of the season.

“We have no problem scoring goals,” Lane said. “It’s defending against better teams… that’s one of the things we have to become better at.”

FC Wichita (1-0-0) now travels to Dallas, Texas to take on FC Dallas on Friday night at 7 p.m. FC Dallas will be streaming the match.

FC Wichita doesn’t return home until June 1 against the Texas Spurs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. You can buy tickets for $10.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Forward Katie McClure dominated every side of the ball Saturday night. McClure recorded four assists and a goal of her own. Her play in the middle third helped create both pressure and turnovers.

BY THE NUMBERS

22

FC Wichita had 22 shots on Saturday night, significantly more than Little Rock’s 11.

0

The teams combined for no yellow or red cards, and only 10 fouls were awarded throughout the game.

7

The number of saves recorded by FC Wichita’s keeper Jamie Reichenberger. While less than Michaela Potter, Little Rock’s keeper, 11 saves, Reichenberger made some unbelievable stops showing once again why she is one of the best.