Sunday, May 27, 2012

Emerald City FC WPSL team win inaugural match against Eugene Metro FC

The Emerald City FC Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team won their inaugural match 2-0 over Eugene Metro FC this Saturday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Interbay stadium. It was a beautiful afternoon for soccer and our ECFC team won in convincing style, outshooting Eugene Metro FC 17-8 and controlling the possession and pace of the game for most of the afternoon. While several of our Emerald City FC players had just arrived in town in the past week and have had very little time together with this team, we still managed to put together a number of very high quality chances on goal, most of them coming from good passing sequences. 

Youtube video courtesy GoalWA and Photos by Wilson Tsoi

The historic first goal for our ECFC WPSL Team came in the 23rd minute when Faustine Dufka (University of Washington) played a ball in to Megan Chapin (Western Washington) who slotted home the game winning goal. The half ended 1-0 with our ECFC team beginning to show more of the dominant play that would be the pattern for the second half.
While each team managed 6 shots in the first half, Eugene Metro FC would only find two more opportunities at goal in the second half. Emerald City FC, on the other hand, had 11 shots in the second half and played most of the half in the attacking end. Dominance in the central midfield by Emerald City’s Casey Berrier (Loyola University) and Lindsay Bos (University of Washington) proved to be key in the second half. The second goal for our ECFC Team came in the 57th minute on a beautiful combination of passes that was finished by Taylor Culver (College of Idaho) on her first touch after entering the game as a substitute. Megan Chapin had the assist on Culver’s goal. Liz Ruiz (Boise State) posted the shutout in goal for Emerald City FC with 5 saves.

Thank you to our Emerald City F95 team who took tickets, painted faces, chased balls and helped to make it a great event! Thanks also goes to our Emerald City F01 team and to the HPFC U11 Girls team who escorted the WPSL Players onto the field for the opening introductions and who played in a half time exhibition friendly.
Emerald City FC WPSL’s next home game is against the Portland Timbers Saturday, June 2 at 3:00pm at Interbay Stadium.

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