HAMTRAMCK, MI (June 19, 2021) - Detroit City Football Club returned to Keyworth Stadium on Saturday to square off against Midwest United who went into the match leading the Midwest North Conference of UWS with four points of separation between them and Detroit City FC.
Both sides created chances out of the gate in this match. Le Rouge were committed to getting numbers forward in possession, and Midwest United showed their quality and pace on counterattacks.
Despite Detroit City making the Midwest defense work tirelessly, it was Midwest that would break through first. In the 22nd minute, #11 Stephanie Currie saw #13 Elle Otto making a run between City defenders and Currie sent a ball through from the midway line. Otto’s speed allowed her to catch up with the ball and only had the goalkeeper to beat at that point, and she wouldn’t miss her chance.
After the goal, City continued their high pressure and high workrate in the final third. Multiple quality chances were created by the likes of #24 Kenna White, #19 Mami Yamaguchi, and #27 Melanie Forbes, but nothing would find the back of the net for Le Rouge in the first half.
To start the second half City would find multiple quality chances. First, a deft touch from Yamaguchi sent White charging up the right flank to send in a fiery cross that was cleared by the United defense at the last second. After that, Forbes sent a curling shot just over the bar.
As was the case in the first half, City created chances, but Midwest United created goals. In the 54th minute, Otto would scuff an attempt on goal, but #13 Gabby Shriver was leaning the wrong way in front of her goal and was unable to recover in time to stop the shot from rolling into the net. Shortly after that, Otto would find herself through on goal again, and easily slot her shot home to put Midwest United up 3-0.
Outside of the second goal, Shriver had an overall impressive night in goal with multiple diving saves in both halves to keep the scoreline close.
With Midwest slowing down on both sides of the ball, City was able to take advantage. In the 71st minute Le Rouge combined well on the left side to work the ball to the top of the box and find #28 Christina Torres dangerously in on goal. From there, Torres would snipe the bottom right corner to cut into the deficit. Just a minute later, City would create another chance with White open in the box. Taking on a close range shot, she slotted the ball into the back of the net to pull City within one goal.
With the Keyworth crowd and Northern Guard behind them, the energy from the players on the pitch and throughout the stadium was palpable. CIty were quick to pressure Midwest players, and quick to look ahead and pass the ball forward.
City ended the match creating chance after chance, and working tirelessly on defense. Deep into added time City earned a corner through the work of Torres. City sent everyone into the box, including goalkeeper Gabby Shriver.
Off of the corner, City sent a shot that ricocheted off of the post and into play which would quickly be sent out by Midwest for another City corner. Another few shots were sent in from the preceding corner kick, but nothing went in the net and when Midwest cleared the ball, the ref blew his whistle to end the match.
Detroit City Football Club, now 4-2-0 in UWS, will head to Portage, Indiana to take on Indiana Elite on June 26 at 4:00 pm ET.
Match: Detroit City FC vs. Midwest United
Date: June 19, 2021
Venue: Keyworth Stadium - Hamtramck, MI
Kickoff: 7:30 pm ET
Weather: 71 degrees, partly cloudy
Lineup: 13-Gabby Shriver, 6-Brianne Rogers (‘74), 11-Elisa Baeron (‘66), 14-Madison Duncan, 16-Grace Philpotts (‘61),18-Ashley Zugay, 19-Mami Yamaguchi (‘72), 24-Kenna White (Capt.), 25-Rachel Phillpots, 27-Melanie Forbes, 40-Alia Frederick
Subs: 1-Becca Pryzbylo, 2-Natalie Graf, 4-Gabbi Tremonti, 5-Sarah Huge (‘72), 10-Marlee Taylor (‘74), 17-Megan Miles (‘66), 28-Christina Torres (‘61)