Force Women Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
It was a quick turnaround for the Lady Force, playing just 24 hours after dropping a tough match against the Washington Timbers on Saturday. Sunday afternoon's game was a must win if there was to be any hope of making the playoffs for the first time in their history.
The team was already without defender K-Lee Haynes who playing through a broken hand, tore her meniscus in the away loss to Yakima but they would also be without midfielder Lauren Hudson who tore her ACL the day before.
The rest of the team stepped up in a big way. Abby Nordquist got an assist on the first goal and a second half goal herself. Jessica Haga ended up getting 2 assists on the day, one in each half. Emily Wilkins put the topper on the cake in the 90th minute, and Miranda Hoidal scored her first goal for the club. Then there was Hailey Parker who scored goals in the 24th, 29th and 83rd minute. A hat trick on any other day would have won her the player of the match but not this day.
This day belonged to Isabelle Severns. Izzy scored the first two goals of the match in the second and 21st minute. Then she turned provider as she assisted Parker on her goals in the 24th and 29th. She would complete the assist hat trick in the 90th when she played in Wilkins for the final goal of the game.
The ladies now travel to Twin City Union on Saturday in control of their own destiny. They sit in 6th place, the final playoff spot, with one game to play. Seem familiar? It should, the Lady Force have been in this exact position the last two years in a row. All they needed was one win and they would be in the playoffs. The same is true this season, win and they will play next weekend in a first ever playoff game, lose and the 2019 season will come to a close.