Columbus Eagles FC won a 3-0 decision on Saturday, as Cincinnati Sirens FC were forced to forfeit. The Sirens, as the home team, were required by league rules to provide an on-site athletic trainer, and they did not.
The teams played roughly 12 minutes before the Eagles’ Larissa Najjar went down with an injury. The Sirens did not have a trainer present, so the game was stopped due to league rules. After a delay of approximately an hour, the match was abandoned and the Eagles picked up a win by forfeit.
The Eagles had a few good attacks in the first dozen minutes of the match. Najjar’s cross in the fifth minute was picked up by Dani Gunderson, who nearly got a shot off before Cincinnati cleared it away. Columbus’s midfield of Ashley Gogolin, Lisa Nouanesengsy, and Kelly DeNiro were growing into the match as things progressed before the stoppage.
The win keeps Columbus in the top spot in the Valley division after two matches. The club plays its next WPSL match at Cleveland Ambassadors next Sunday (5/27) at 6 p.m.
The club returns home June 3 to play Motor City FC at Otterbein University. Kickoff that day is scheduled for 7 p.m. and tickets are on sale now.