A physical contest was decided by one goal on Sunday, as Columbus Eagles FC fell 1-0 to Motor City FC. Madison Alexander’s 68th minute goal was the difference. The Eagles fall to 2-1-1 but still sit atop the Valley division of the WPSL. Motor City (2-0-0) moves up to second place with the win.
The largest crowd of the Eagles’ season was on hand to watch two talented teams put on a physical, talented display of soccer on Sunday night. The midfield was a tough contest inside the match as a whole. The teams traded possession on and off in the first 45 minutes but ultimately went into halftime scoreless.
The Eagles came out flying in the second half, pushing up the pitch and ultimately that led to the best chance Columbus had all night. In the 65th minute, Columbus midfielder Lila Remache cut through the Motor City defense and laid off a pass to Rachel MacLeod, who couldn’t quite find the handle and the attack was over. A few minutes later, Alexander found her way through the Eagles defense and poked home the match-winner.
Columbus goalkeeper Hannah Sargent made a handful of tremendous stops and the Eagles’ defense was strong from start to finish. Adison Preston played nearly the full 90 minutes, Megan Minnix and Hadley Jones were a great defensive partnership, and captain Amber Kern held down the other side of the pitch as well while also getting forward in attack.
The Eagles are back in action June 10 on the road at FC Pride of Indianapolis. Kickoff at Mount Vernon High School is scheduled for 4 p.m.