Opening day of UWS League play began on a Mother’s Day evening against Lansing United. The GRFC Women ended up with a 2-2 draw in the match, still waiting on several more signings to be able to take the field.
In the first half, the ladies were disallowed two times after hitting the back of the net. One in the 27th minute when Carlson connected with Corby on a cross while she was in an offside positions. Second, right before half in the 45th minute, Paul got in behind winning a 50/50 ball with the Lansing United keeper; the ball fell to Longoria who slotted it home, but the center ref did not agree with the challenge on the goalie.
GRFC looked very dangerous going forward towards the end of stoppage time in the first half and clearly kept the momentum going into the second half. Lizzie Paul headed home a Carlson cross in the 49th minute for the first goal of the season.
9 minutes later, Lansing United equalized off of a corner. They would add to their lead, taking a 2-1 advantage in the 65th minute off another set piece.
From then on, the women controlled the pace and attacked well. Some great play led to several opportunities. In the 84th minute Paul was played in over the top by Labadie, she squared the ball with no outcome in a huge moment.
For a long time coming since conceding their second goal, Longoria broke through to tie the game in the 86th minute off of a wonderful play from Paul who dribbled through the left end of the box and connected this time on her squared pass.
In a second half thriller that saw four goals and a lead turn into a deficit, the ladies grabbed one point in their first match of the season.
On the game, Head Coach James Gilpin had this to say, “Firstly, on behalf of the team we would like to thank the fans for coming out to support the ladies in their season opener. Whilst we were disappointed not to take all 3 points we saw some vast improvements in what seemed to be a great spectacle for the fans. As a team we want to be very positive with the ball and play dominant attacking soccer. We created a lot of chances once we found our rhythm but were undone with two goals from set pieces. We will be working hard again this week and look forward to giving the fans something to cheer about again.”
GRFC Women take on the Detroit Sun next Sunday at Grandville High School. Kick off is scheduled for 6:00pm and you can purchase tickets at grandrapidsfc.com.