The U18 ECNL Regional League team were in Orlando for their ECNL RL National Event in early January, and day 1 got the event off to a great start with a 1-0 win over NTX Celtic (Texas). A Jasmine Wilson goal gave FCW the lead, while both goalkeepers, Audyn Kruger and Larissa Likes, combined for a shutout to preserve the victory.
The streak continued into day 2, with another win over another Celtic! This time it was Florida Celtic and a 2-1 win for FC Wisconsin. Wilson’s second goal of the weekend came from the penalty spot, with Eve Hockerman scoring the game winner
Day 3 saw another strong performance, but unfortunately a 0-1 loss to Coastal Rush (Florida) ended the hopes of an undefeated weekend. Still, one result (and the Florida rain) could not dampen what was a fantastic weekend for FC Wisconsin RL players. More than 250 college coaches attended the event with upwards of 30 different colleges watching each FC Wisconsin ECNL Regional League game and witnessing strong performances, hard work, and great teammates.
Further west and a day later, in Lakewood Ranch, FL, the FCW ECNL U16 and U17 teams were competing in their second ECNL National Event of the season. The U16 team kicked off against Scorpions SC (MA). A slow start saw FCW trailing 2-0 early in the game, after which they enjoyed a significant amount of possession but without ever finding the break through.
Later in the day, U17 got off to the perfect start with a high energy and battling performance against Concorde Fire Premier (GA). A second half strike from Molly Armstrong secured a deserved 1-0 victory.
Day 2 saw another competitive performance from the U16s, where they enjoyed the vast majority of possession and territory against Cleveland Force. Unfortunately a lack of ability to turn the possession into quality goal-scoring opportunities meant settling for a 0-0 tie.
The U17s continued their strong start with another competitive performance in day 2, this time coming from behind twice for a 2-2 result against Pipeline SC (MD). Victoria Gonzalez finished her own rebound, and a breakaway finish from Anna McKnight gave FCW no less than their performance deserved.
After four physically demanding games, Day 3 was challenging for both teams. U16 - without 3 players due to injury - suffered another game ending injury in the first half against an athletic and organized FC Delco (PA) team. Eventually they would lose the the game 0-2, but not without chances of their own, particularly during the later stages of the game.
Dealing with incredibly strong winds, U17 struggled against a direct and physical team from Kings Hammer (OH). Behind at half time, FCW were unable to capitalize when going with the wind.
Overall ECNL Florida was a great event for both ECNL teams. Results were mixed, but the performances from both teams and individuals were positive in front of almost 1000 college coaches at the event overall and dozens watching each FCW age group.