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.