Superior City Weekend Recap (May 20-21)
Superior City Women Drop Result in Minnetonka
Superior traveled down to Minnetonka, MN for a high-level matchup against a strong Tonka-Fusion squad. The game's pace was dictated by movement from Tonka's front line, who's wicked speed gave the visiting squad issues all game long. Tonka started quick, with University of Minnesota-commit Grace Fogarty scoring the first goal 5 minutes in. Superior's Gracie Meager had a great first half, making some big saves to keep the game close, but the shots kept pouring on. Superior's star midfielder, UMD's Victoria Thorson, picked up a serious injury in the 11th minute, and UWS centerback Halle Carlson earned the team's first yellow card in the 32nd minute. Superior switched keepers at the half, but Tonka again started the half strong, with University of Wisconsin-commit Kiya Gilliand scoring 4 minutes into the second frame. Superior found some momentum forward, but couldn't break through, and the game finished 2-0 as Superior City FC lost their first ever UPSL game.
5-20/Minnetonka High School/UPSL Women's League Game
Superior City FC.............................0 0 - 0
Tonka-Fusion FC.............................1 1 - 2
First Half - TFE- Grace Fogarty 5'
Second Half - TFE - Kiya Gilliand 49'
Saves: SCFC - Gracie Meager (5 saves), SCFC - Quinn Clark (3 saves); TFE- Kaeden Dublin (3 saves)
Superior City FC (1-1-0) vs Vlora FC (1-1-0) | UPSL Womens Premier League Game
Sunday, May 28th | Burnsville High School (Burnsville, MN) | 5:00 PM CT
Tickets $10 at gate | Livestream on Vlora FC Youtube | 81 degrees and partly cloudy
A rematch with Vlora looms this Memorial Day weekend, with Superior picking up the first result early this season with a 2-0 win.
Superior City Men drop first points of the season, draw Austin Villa FC
Superior made the four hour drive down to Austin, MN to take on the Villians for a late Saturday night matchup. Superior started the game off with some strong chances, but the game started to shift into Austin's favor as the half continued, with the Villian midfield outpacing the boys from Souptown. Walker Marquardt had some strong saves in net, but Austin's backline did their job, keeping Superior's Lumsden at bay with some harsh tackles. The game went into the half scoreless, but the second half was primed for drama. The game continued with back and forth action, and in the 71st minute Austin found their break. A surge forward caught Superior's entire midfield up on Austin's back-line, and a loss of possesion saw a lightning fast counter for the Villians. Austin's centerback found a midfielder wide open in space, and the midfielder found their forward streaking forward. The pass found the unnamed Austin forward, who beat Marquardt's charge with a dummy and slotted the ball into an open net. Superior moved big bodies up top, looking desperately for a tying goal. That goal came in the 93rd minute, when David Lopez Perez put a hopeful early ball into Austin's box. The Austin goalkeeper didn't read the ball correctly, not realizing Garrett Sutton was unmarked on the back post. Sutton headed the ball into the bottom-right corner of the net to tie the game up in the waning moments of the game, keeping Superior's undefeated record intact after a rough road trip to southern Minnesota.
5-20/Wescott Field/UPSL League Game
Superior City FC............................0 1 - 1
Austin Villa FC...............................0 1 - 1
First Half - None
Second Half - AVFC - Unknown 71', SCFC - Garrett Sutton (David Lopez Perez) 90+3'
Saves: SCFC - Walker Marquardt (4 saves); AVFC - Lucas Evanson (3 saves)
Superior City FC (5-0-1) vs St Croix SC (4-0-1) | UPSL Premier League Game
Monday, May 29th | Stillwater High School (Stillwater, MN) | 7:30 PM CT
Free Admission | Livestream on St Croix SC Youtube | 82 degrees and sunny
Monday's game will be a battle between two of the UPSL Midwest-West's best, with both clubs sitting in first and second place at the time of writing this article. Expect a fast and physical game, and with perfect weather, this will be a great end-cap to a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.
Wolfpack pick up first point of the season with draw against Homeboyz FC
The Wolfpack traveled to St. Louis Park for a game against league newcomers Homeboyz FC on Sunday evening. The game was very physical, with Homeboyz dominating the midfield due to their size and speed for the first twenty minutes of the game. Homeboyz opened the scoring in the 15th minute, with the forward beating Wolfpack goalkeeper Riley Brennan on a fast break. The Wolfpack moved some bigger bodies into the midfield, including centerback Jack Burmood and centerback Landon James, and the tides turned. After some continued pressure, Yabkal Demelash's free kick found the head of centerback Sebastian Paczuski, who flicked the ball into the Homeboyz net, scoring his first goal since the 2019 season in the 29th minute. The second half saw a similar situation, and Homeboyz came out blazing. The home squad scored in the 57th minute, when a centerback miscommunication on a bouncing ball found neither getting a good touch on it, giving Homeboyz's forward a breakaway which he slammed past Brennan. The Wolfpack moved back to the formation from the end of the first half, and found strong results, tying the game in the 65th minute. Demelash, again swinging in a free kick, found the head of Fawaz Ajao, who powered the ball into Homeboyz's net. The Wolfpack continued to surge forward, and the squad thought they had won the game in the 87th minute, when Kaden Bergman's diving header found twine, but the goal was called back for an apparent foul that happened off the ball, before the cross came in. The Wolfpack left for home, having picked up their first positive result of the young season
5-21/Walker Park/WPASL League Game
Superior Wolfpack FC.....................1 1 - 2
Homeboyz FC..................................1 1 - 2
First Half - HFC - Clinton Marube 15', SWFC - Sebastian Paczuski (Yabkal Demelash) 29'
Second Half - HFC - Victor Geka 57', SWFC - Fawaz Ajao (Yabkal Demelash) 65'
Saves: SWFC - Riley Brennan (5 saves); HFC - Tuni Fellen (3 saves)
Superior Wolfpack FC (0-3-1) vs Poskin Jets FC (2-1-0) | WPASL League Game
Friday, May 26th | Priest Field (Superior, WI) | 7:00 PM CT
Tickets $5 suggested donation | Livestream TBD | 61 degrees and sunny
The Wolfpack play their first ever home game in Superior on Friday as they take on Poskin Jets FC. Poskin has surprised teams with their new high-powered offense, picking up a win against perennial power Lobos FC last week. Can the Wolfpack get past their early season struggles to earn points off of the visiting squad from Rice Lake?