FC Wichita finds itself in less than an ideal situation. With only 4 games remaining for the 2019 regular season, Wichita could see it’s team left out of the Heartland Conference Playoffs for the first time since entering the National Premier Soccer League in 2015.
A winless stretch dating back to May 5th (0-0 draw in Tulsa) started a mediocre 6 game skid for FC Wichita. During that time frame five ties and one loss have seen much needed points left on the table. Those draws have quickly built into a mountain and find the team with only 5 points going into Wednesdays pivotal match verse the Little Rock Rangers.
“We’ve missed a lot of players for various reasons throughout the season and have not been able to gain our chemistry to this point,” said CEO Blake Shumaker. “New head coach Bryan Perez was brought in just two games ago and is working through the process to not only try and get results now, but also to build towards the future.”
While the draws have certainly hurt the point production of FC Wichita, it has also impacted the other conference teams, leaving a light on at the end of the tunnel for Wichita’s playoff hopes. A light that could shine very bright with a result on Wednesday night.
“At this point we can still make our way into the conference playoffs, which could start a run into NPSL Regionals, U.S. Open Cup, and even the NPSL National Finals,” says Shumaker. “Last year we had a similar group and got hot early in the year running off seven wins in a row. Right now a stretch like that at the end of the year changes our entire year and we’d find ourselves in familiar territory. We all beleive in eachother and know we have been just a few mistakes away from winning five of the last six games.”
Wednesday’s home game could prove to be a pivotal moment in the season for Wichita who still holds a game in hand against Little Rock, and plays them twice in the next two weeks. With two wins against Little Rock, and one in the other remaining two games, Wichita would hold a higher seed then Little Rock and potentially steal the final playoff spot. There are numerous other scenarios to get playoff births, but none that allow FC Wichita to control it’s own destiny more then knocking off the South Region Finalists from a year ago.
“We need the support from the soccer community,” says goalkeeper Mark Weir. “They have always shown up huge for us when we needed them. We play at home Wednesday and Sunday this week, come out and help us collect the 6 points.”
To help drum up the support for Wednesday night’s clash, the club has added a Buy One Get One Free ticket special. Tickets are just $5 when buying two tickets or more online (any amount), but will only be sold for $5 at the gate if they are purchased in increments of even numbers.