Detroit, Michigan – After a 1-0 victory over Birmingham Legion for the men’s side, the women’s team welcomed Kalamazoo FC to Keyworth for the second half of Detroit City FC’s first-ever doubleheader. Kalamazoo ultimately took home the 1-0 victory off the boot of forward Abigail Hugh.
This was the second time this season Detroit City has faced off against Kalamazoo as they drew 2-2 in the first clash at Mayors Riverfront Park on the west side of the state.
Kalamazoo got off to an early lead just two minutes in as Hugh’s shot found the back right side of the net to give them a one goal advantage.
After the early goal for Kalamazoo, DCFC started to go on the attack as midfielder Avery Peters found herself with a look from the top of the box but could not get her shot on target in the 10th minute.
After not being able to make a play on the quality early goal, Le Rouge keeper Gabby Schriver started to get involved as the first 45 minutes progressed, shutting down a Kalamazoo shot from 10 yards out in the 13th minute.
Detroit City kept the pressure going as the half went on. Forward Kayla Addison started getting in on the action, finding herself behind for a difficulty-angled shot that could not trouble the Kalamazoo keeper at the 25th-minute mark.
The visitors had a chance to extend their lead while the final minutes of the first half dwindled down as their shot found its way over Schriver, but Peters was there to clear it with her head.
DCFC came out of the second-half gates firing as forward Brynn Gardner blasted a ball in from just outside the right section of the penalty box, requiring Kalamazoo substitute goalie Kendall Robertson to make a fingertip save to keep the shot from getting between the sticks.
They continued to let it fly early in the second stanza as Le Rouge midfielder Syd Blomquist lined up a shot from 25 yards that forced Robertson to save yet another DCFC attempt.
The first yellow card of the match came midway through the second half in the 72nd minute as Kalamazoo midfielder Bailey Korhorn was tagged for taking down Peters in the midfield.
Despite the chances created, Detroit City could not muster an equalizing goal, ultimately resulting in their first losing effort of the season.
DCFC remains third in the table of the Great Lakes Division with six points as Kalamazoo moves into first place past Flint City AFC with 12 points on the year. Le Rouge will enjoy a seven-day break before their next match, welcoming AFC Ann Arbor to Keyworth Stadium on Saturday, June 3.
Starting XI: Schriver, Baeron (74), Soulis, Karolak, E. Gardner, Peters (74), Blomquist, Pool (74), Addison, B. Gardner, White (63)
Substitutes: #7 Dani Stephan for #24 Kenna White, #3 Drew Martin for #32 Gabriella Pool, #11 Lexy Smith for Elisa Baeron #29, #26 Kayla Whelchel for #15 Avery Peters
KZoo: Hugh, 2’
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