The home end of a back to back against UWS rivals Detroit Sun FC brought a 1-0 victory at Grandville High on Sunday afternoon. Head Coach James Gilpin was quoted saying, “Overall I think we are pretty happy with the performance but what was most important was getting our first win. In the first half we dominated a lot of the ball but just struggled to connect the final pass and turn that dominance into goals. In the second half we really stretched the game and it allowed more opportunities, but again just lacked that clinical touch.”
The ladies kicked off the first half with a lot of pressure up the right flank through Longoria on multiple possessions. They dominated the ball early and often in the first half with several opportunities towards the Detroit goal without success.
In the 13th minute, Labadie played a ball back in off a cleared corner to Corby who did well to flick it into the back of the net, but was clearly in an offsides position.
On the other end in the 18th minute, Roy, the Woman of the Match, made a wonderful tackle to knick the ball back to our keeper off of a counter attack that could have led to a breakaway chance. In the 31st minute, keeper Perez got down quickly to make a leg save at a near post shot from the Sun.
Another great opportunity as Morris played a fantastic ball over the top to Longoria who got turned around while keeping possession. She played the ball to Corby at the top of the box who fired at the Sun goalie for a save before half. A controlling performance on the ball, but lax in the attacking third saw a scoreless halftime whistle.
Finally, the ladies in blue broke through in the 49th minute to get the lone goal of the game. Paul was played in and shot the ball across the goal, the keeper saved it to open space in front of the net and Morris capitalized by poking it in for her first of the season.
After being booked, Midfielder Grace Labadie took control of the game finding several long balls and even striking the bar from distance in the 66th minute. Right before that in the 63rd minute, Longoria had found target Corby on the back post from a cross and her effort had gone just wide.
GRFC contained the play for most of the remaining of the game with a few more chances. Their commanding performance only saw one goal, but three points nonetheless. The ladies will travel to Detroit to play the away leg against the Sun on Friday at 8 pm. Gilpin had this to say about the fans and the upcoming rematch against Detroit, “It is great to see the number of fans steadily increase from game to game and that is really motivating the team to not just win, but put on a show for everybody to enjoy and get excited about. Our first away game is this Friday to play Detroit again so it will be a week of hard work in preparation to get ready for that.”