The Force women were at home Saturday looking to turn their win last week into a winning streak. What a performance. A little short handed due to injury and illness, the Force weren't going to let that slow them down.
A starting roster that included the return of Force veteran Hailey "Crash" Parker for the first time this year, she would have her hands full trying to help fill the shoes of two forwards out with injury, Beisley (shin) & Sanchez (Ankle). She filled the void nicely and played 4 different positions over the course of the game. That having been said, this game was all about Abby "Tides" Nordquist. Playing a defensive midfield role she controlled the entire game. When the NCW Alliance defense cleared and tried to go on the attack, she was there. When the Force offense needed someone to switch the play, or reset the attack, support the wings or cover the back line, Nordquist was there. Her play in the game helped the Force to their second straight shutout and victory and her teammates unanimously voted her the Cervesa Modelo Player of the Match.
The game started off in a flurry, the Force pushed high, hard and fast and kept pushing. In the 4th minute, Parker played Nordquist into the box but the keeper slid out to cover just inches before Abby could get there. Two minutes later, Fry lashed a shot that the keeper couldn't hold and rolled from the right side of the goal all the way to the left only inches from the goal line. Parker raced in but couldn't turn it inside the post as it rattled off the outside of the post.
14th minute. Good inter play between the midfielders and a ball played wide right to right back K-Lee Haynes who raced forward and hit a perfect cross. Racing in from the left side, youngster Heather Hunt cut in front of the defender and just poked the volley past the keeper. The goal was the first for the 16 year old in her Force career.
The rest of the first half was more of the same. 8 different players would take shots over the next 30 minutes but were unable to get the second goal. The Force took 18 shots in the first half and were unfortunate not to double their lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the game continued as it had the whole first half. The onslaught of shots and chances on the Alliance goal was staggering. In the 60th minute, Parker ripped a shot that was a blur. The keeper managed to deflect it up and it hit the crossbar and bounced down straight onto the goal line but not quite across it. Finally, after more than an hour of effort and frustration, the payoff. Again it was Nordquist who cut out a pass from Alliance at midfield and calmly played it to Parker. Crash collected and turned and then slotted a perfectly weighted ball into the stride of Kvinsland. Kvinsland with a touch to the right, a cut back to the left beating the defender and then a little lift over the outstretched hands of the onrushing keeper and gently passed it into the net.
The Force would win the match 2-0. In doing so, they scored their 6th goal on the season. In 2016 the Lady Force scored 6 goals in 12 games, last year they scored 6 goals in 10 games. With the two goals Saturday, they have reached their previous two season's goal total, and they still have 3 games to play. In addition, they have only given up 7 goals on the season and earned their second shutout in a row for keeper Ricci Wiedbrecht. The Force have also moved into 5th place in the league standings, and with 3 games to go, the hope of hosting a playoff game has become a real possibility.
Goals: Hunt 14', Kvinsland 82' - Assists: Haynes, Parker - Cervesa Modelo Player of the Match: Abby "Tides" Nordquist
Next Game: Away to Washington Timbers, Sunday, June 24th, 6pm @ Harmony Sports, Vancouver, Washington
Next Home Game: vs Yakima United, Sunday, July 1st, 3pm @ Peninsula HS, Gig Harbor. Join us as we raise money for Pediatric Cancer through go4thegoal.org. Bring an extra $5 to the game and help support our fundraiser for pediatric cancer and we'll give you a pair of Gold Shoe Laces just like the players wear!!