The final week of the 2019 NPSL regular season is here and FC Wichita finds itself in a must win.
Saturday at 7:30 PM, FC Wichita will have the opportunity to salvage it’s season with a 2019 heartland conference playoff birth. The playoff picture has been more competitive then expected as five teams are still alive and in the hunt for the remaining three seeds. A total of four teams advance each season with the top two seeds hosting the lower seeds in the conference semi-final. The Tulsa Athletic have clinched the #1 seed but all three other seeds are yet to be determined.
All of this is playing out to be an eventful day as FC Wichita still controls it’s own destiny into the playoffs, and despite a dismal start can clinch it’s fifth playoff birth in as many seasons with a win or tie. A home playoff game is also still possible with an FC Wichita win verse Ozark FC, and a loss by the Little Rock Rangers verse Springfield Demize, which will be happening simultaneously.
FC Wichita looks to head into the post season with a strong scoring presence as Franck Tayou and Thomas Wells are both expected to be available for the remainder of the season. On the defensive side of things, goalkeeper Mark Weir signed with a club in Scotland and is set to depart soon. Weirs departure comes just a few weeks after Paulo Pita was sent into Real Salt lake training for the remainder of the summer. Brady Moody, who previously was the third goalkeeper on the depth chart, will immediately become the starter and be backed up by Bryce Kinsey who enters his second season with the club.
“We are excited to give Brady the opportunity to take the team into the postseason,” says CEO Blake Shumaker. “He’s been great for us in training and reserve matches over the last few months and has patiently waited for this day.”
Moody grew up playing club soccer for the Chicago Magic before attending college in South Carolina, and eventually transferring to NCAA DI Tulsa University where he plays college alongside FC Wichita forward Thomas Wells.
Mark Weir will be on hand at Saturday’s match to great friends in fans one last time before heading to Scotland early on Sunday morning. Please come out and thank Mark for his time in Wichita and send him home with well wishes. Pictures and autographs are available.
“Mark’s time here has been special,” said Shumaker. “As we take the next steps in the evolution of FC Wichita, there is no question he’s one of the guys we should all be thankful for. Personally I will never forget his contributions. Mark has been a key part of an amazing journey towards professional soccer in Wichita.”
FC Wichita women are also at home this weekend in a Saturday double-header. The WPSL season will come to an end as they welcome Elite Girls Academy (“EGA”) from Omaha, Nebraska. EGA can win the Heartland Conference with a voctiry in Wichita and advance into the regional playoffs. Tickets are just $10 for both games.