For the second game in as many weeks, Alyssa Mira (Churchill/GVSU) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Motor City Football Club (MCFC).
On Saturday, May 17th, the Columbus Eagles traveled to Livonia Churchill for a WPSL match with MCFC. Mira wasted no time, scoring in the 4th minute on an assist from Lulu Haidar (Dearborn/Michigan). Haidar drove into the Eagles’s third of the field and slipped a ball into Mira who beat the Eagles Keeper Laura Clark and neatly tucked the ball into the net.
MCFC then scored in the 18th minute to make it 2-0, as Sarah Stern (Northville/Michigan State) scored from Mira. Haidar then pushed the score to 3-0 in the 26th minute on an assist from Joanie Sieja (Stoney Creek/Oakland). Stern scored her second goal in the 38th minute directly from a Haidar corner kick, which left the halftime score 4-0.
After halftime, not much changed as Motor City scored 9 minutes into the second half when Olivia Stander (Grosse Pointe North/Michigan State), assisted by Melissa Dobbyn (Livonia Stevenson/Michigan), hit a shot that beat the Columbus keeper and rang off the post, across the goal mouth, and into the opposite side netting.
In the 69th minute, Stern closed out the scoring, getting her third of the game from an assist by Sieja.
Motor City sits atop the WPSL Midwest standings at 2-0-0 with a +7 goal differential. Just behind them is FC Indiana, Motor City’s next opponent, at 2-0-0 with a +6 goal differential. Both teams have played the same two opponents.
FC Indiana boasts nine Haitian National team players and opened their season with a friendly win over last year’s WPSL Champion Houston Aces.
This match is slated for Livonia Churchill High School on May 31st, Game time is 1pm.