In the first friendly of the season, the defending National Champion ladies hosted the U19 Midwest United to get their season started. Unfortunately, the game ended 1-0 to Midwest United.
In a game with multiple changes being made, new faces, and not a full strength roster; it was clear that chemistry was an issue with the ladies just starting training together 5 days before the match.
There were very few chances made in the first half for either teams. While the ladies in Blue dominated more of the ball, the best scoring opportunities came from Midwest United in successive shots in the 21st and 22nd minutes, but keeper, Okoraofo, was up to task.
The second half was again dominated by the GRFC women with many more chances towards the goal.
Marti Corby connected with Clare Carlson on a corner at the back post in the 61st minute that went just wide. Minutes before, Osterhaven had been in on goal and put a shot on net that tested the Midwest United keeper.
A bit of controversy in the 62nd minute as a beautiful ball was played from the center back through to Paul, who did well to head it forward to Corby who finished the one on one with the keeper. The goal was disallowed as Corby was called offsides late.
More controversy ensued in the 74th minute, as the ball bounced off the center ref played in the Midwest United right winger on net who chipped the goalie for the lone goal of the game.
High press late in the game provided lots of opportunities for the ladies, but none were converted as the game ended in a 1-0 loss and the Blues were shut out.
New Head Coach James Gilpin was quoted after the match saying, “It was great to finally get back on the field. Pre-season scrimmages are always difficult with players arriving at different times and at different levels of fitness. Credit to Midwest United who gave us a great game and allowed us to learn a lot about ourselves. We are excited about the future of GRFC Women’s with a lot of future players on show last night but now our immediate attention goes into preparation for our first league game against Lansing United next weekend.”
Lastly, no love lost to the Midwest United Head Coach on the night, Lewis Robinson, the now Head Coach of the GRFC men’s team and former Head Coach of last year’s National Championship women’s team.