FC WI Eclipse ECNL teams finished a two-game fall homestand with matches against Midwest Conference rival St. Louis Scott Gallagher - Illinois on Sunday. With players showing grit and determination across all age groups, the club finished with 3 wins and 1 loss to mark a great fixture.
The U15s started the day with a 2-0 win behind two goals (one penalty) from Emma Jaskaniec. The 2-0 result was a bit harsh on the Illinois side, as they battled gamely for the 80 minutes and created a few chances of their own that were snuffed out by goalkeeper Maddie Torres. Maria Nordness led a strong defensive effort from center back, and Dara Andringa marshalled the midfield consistently. The second match of the year between the two clubs promises to be hard fought and tight.
The U16s had their share of opportunities but could not convert in a 0-1 loss. Steph Franczak and Sierra Koch led a strong defense, and Ali Menard connected with Elyse Bennet to create some dangerous moments and opportunities multiple times. The Wisconsin age group continues to show huge improvement year-over-year, and the future looks bright.
The U17 game was the most entertaining match of the day, finishing 3-2 in a back-and-forth affair. FC Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead on a gritty goal from Mikaela Hoard, and the side had multiple chances to double the lead in the first half on repeated penetrating runs from Lindsey Weiss and Taylor Tabbert from right back. As happens when you spurn chances, SLSG-IL tied the game early in the second half and forced Jen Wandt into multipe saves before goals from Hannah Compernolle and Taylor Kerwin seemed to put the game out of reach. Always a tough competitor, St. Louis did not concede and scored in the 80th minute to make the final 10 minutes tense and combative.
The U18 game saw a dominant performance from the FC Wisconsin side. Dani Rhodes scored in the 25th minute on a nice dink over the goalkeeper from a great Delaney Hughes pass. The second goal came in the 60th minute on a penalty from Rhodes, after she was brought down in the corner of the box. Ana Portz rounded out the scoring in the 70th minute on a nice dribble around the goalkeeper to ice the game. Payton Wesley and Kate Del Fava anchored a rock-solid defense for 90 minutes.
The club next travels to St. Louis for a rematch against St. Louis Scott Gallagher - Missouri and the first match of the year against Sporting Blue Valley from Kansas City.