NFPL Matchweek 2 Review
Futsal Factory Academy 3-5 Grand Rapids OLé
The Michigan Derby
Futsal Indy 5-11 Joy Athletic
Cadence SFC 1-7 FC Tryzub
Battling for bragging rights in Chicago in Matchweek 2 were Cadence SFC and FC Tryzub, with both teams opening their season hoping for a win. Unfortunately for the home side, this was one-way traffic.
FC Tryzub showed up with a deeper, stronger, faster, and more skillful team that looks ready to compete with Joy Athletic at the top of the Western Conference. Four goalscorers for FC Tryzub spread the scoring around, with #2 Bohdan Ruchka catching the eye and taking the man of the match award with quick feet, excellent dribbling, and lethal finishing that resulted in 3 goals.
Cadence's Matthew Szklarz would get their only goal after a neat give and go and a tidy finish.
FUTSAL FACTORY ACADEMY 7-6 GRAND RAPIDS OLÉ
THE MICHIGAN DERBY
Kicking off just 20 minutes after the men for the National Futsal League's Women's Division debut were Futsal Factory Academy and Grand Rapids OLé. The two teams fought terrifically in an evenly-matched battle with the home side edging out a narrow victory for all 3 points.
Futsal Factory opened the scoring after just two minutes with a one-touch finish from Ricketts off a corner kick. Meza would answer for GRO, robbing a Futsal Factory defender before rounding the keeper to finish on the empty net: 1-1.
About halfway through the first half, Futsal Factory took the lead again, with Dollison racing onto a loose ball before unleashing a ferocious finish past the OLé goalkeeper. OLé would answer in the following minutes from two goals by Huerta and Koelling to steal the lead with a lethal left-footed finish into the top corner and a flick at the near post following a free kick. Koelling would get her second of the half with a brilliant right-footed finish into the far corner from 20m, another goal of the month nominee from Grand Rapids OLé.
With a two goal lead, OLé were looking and playing well. Just before the halftime break, a slick give-and-go gave Dollison a second goal to boost FFA going into halftime. With the visitors holding a narrow 4-3 advantage, surely Futsal Factory were thinking they couldn't lose both matches at home, could they?
The ladies of Futsal Factory had some fight left in them. They would score the next four goals in the game following the halftime break. A save from a Dollison shot was blocked by the keeper, only to be swept home by Nicole Grimaldo. Niomi Grimaldo would get the next after a brilliant save from the FFA goalkeeper Brooklyn Harding led to a fast break give-and-go and a nice finish into the bottom right corner. A heavily-deflected own goal snuck past the OLé goalkeeper for goal number 6, before Ricketts buried an excellent finish into the top corner to take a 3-goal lead.
Credit to the ladies from OLé, they had some fight in them as well. Two late goals from Khloe Koelling would bring her tally to 4 for the night and the score to 7-6, but it wouldn't be enough. A great game from Harding between the FFA posts ensured all 3 points for the home side in their season opener.