Top form and playing an exciting style of soccer put FC Wichita women’s club in the win column for the first time in franchise history. FC Wichita put three goals home in a span of 10 minutes, icing what was a close game.
A couple of Jayhawks took care of the scoring as FC Wichita defeated Texas Spurs FC 4-0 in front of a near capacity crowd at Stryker Soccer Complex.
“This is what we’ve only done with a week of practice,” Lane said. “We’ll continue to get better.”
The FC Wichita women improved to 1-1-0 on the season.
“These fans were amazing tonight,” FC Wichita women’s head coach Sammy Lane said. “I feel like there were more fans here tonight than last week.”
Alyssa Reiniger had a highlight move in the first half. A front flip throw-in from the 20 yard mark, flipped it into the box. The crowd ooh’d and ahh’d at the impressive throw in.
A flurry of shot attempts within the first 30 minutes saw FC Wichita come close to breaking down the scoring door. In the 31st minute, Whitney Berry slipped one behind a charging Texas Spurs keeper Brookly Bradley.
“You know, it’s exciting,” Berry said. “The fan support really got behind us after that first goal.”
For Berry, it’s only fitting she would score the first goal of a budding franchise. She was the first signee when the team was announced.
It’s almost like poetic justic for her to get the first goal,” Lane said.
Despite many other opportunities, FC Wichita would only lead 1-0 at the break.
The flood gates finally came open in the 72nd minute when new addition Grace Hagen. A step around and punch through, found the promise land, putting FC Wichita up 2-0.
Five minutes later, Katie McClure put her own mark on the game, making the game 3-0.
If you blinked, you may have missed McClure’s second goal. She stepped to the side and past Bradley, just tapping in the rolling ball for her second goal.
“Coach told me to keep shooting and to keep your head down,” McClure said. “That’s what I did and it paid off.”
As the crowd erupted, the score did, too. A flash of greatness in what Coach Lane had spoke of before was shown and a warning notice had been sent to the rest of the conference.
“We’re out here to win,” goalkeeper Jami Reichengerger said. “I”m excited for what’s to come.”
FC Wichita women’s club will be back on the pitch on Friday and Saturday night at home. On Friday (7:00 p.m.) they host Oklahoma City FC and then again on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) against the Kansas City Courage. You can buy tickets to Friday’s border war on FCWichita.com. OR a Family 4 Pack for only $40.