WPSL Central Region Week 6: Recap


Mankato United 2 vs Rochester United 0 – 7pm- Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN – Eleven Sports

Mankato took the inaugural Highway 14 Derby with goals from McKenna Buisman off the high press and half-time substitute Dakota Wendell after the ball had shot upwards and around like a pinball.

Cincinnati Sirens 3 vs Dayton Dutch Lions 1 – 7pm – Lakota West High School, Liberty Township, OH – No Announced Stream

Goals from Hueber from the penalty spot and Donovan and Renie from open play brought the Sirens back from a 1-0 deficit and secured their undefeated record for another match.

Fire and Ice 2 vs St Louis Lions 0 – 7pm – Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL, Eleven Sports

The first St Louis Derby went the way of the elemental squad, with the goals for Fire and Ice coming from a goalkeeping error just before half time and Breece with a driven shot back across the keeper from a left sided cross. The margin would have been even greater were it not for the Lions goalkeeper, who must be getting her work in for a 0-4 club. 

Thursday :

Minnesota Thunder 3 vs Salvo SC 1 – 7:45pm – Academy of Holy Angels StarDome, Richfield, MN – Eleven Sports

It took Thunder until the 39th minute to break the deadlock, when a cross field pass was taken back across the Salvo keeper by Morgan Turner. The lead was doubled shortly after half time and the home side’s third came in the 56th minute, on the second chance. Salvo spoiled the clean sheet when Anderson scored in the 64th minute, but in the end Thunder get revenge for their only dropped points of the season so far. 


Fire SC 98 6 vs Dakota Fusion FC 0 – 7pm – Centennial High School Stadium, Circle Pines, MN – Eleven Sports

The Fire were up 3-0 at the half, with two goals from Sara Wendt (one from a header from a right wing cross, and one from a defensive miscue) and another from Lexi Larson. The home team then pulled away as Wendt secured her hat trick in the 63rd minute and Anna Breffle (in the 80th) and Erin Becker (in the 85th) added late goals.   

Mankato United 1 vs MapleBrook Fury 3 – 7pm – Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN – Eleven Sports

Mankato took the lead in the 5th minute through Kenna Buisman, bursting down the left wing. It remained 1-0 at half time. The Fury kept things close and accelerated through the second half before a furious few minutes saw them snatch victory. The equalizer came in the 78th minute after Claire Odmark (highlighted by the club’s owner in our previous chat) beat a Mankato defender into the box and she was felled. The penalty was subsequently dispatched by Odmark herself. The visitors went ahead in the 82nd minute from a corner, which beat the goalkeeper to the spot and was headed in by Kyra Sosinski. The clinching goal came in the 90th minute as Maille Mathis chipped the goalkeeper from the left edge of the penalty area.   

Milwaukee Bavarian SC 1 vs Chicago Red Stars Reserves 0 – 7pm – Bavarian Soccer Club, Glendale, WI – No Announced Stream

In one of the surprises of the season, the women’s expansion team of the amateur soccer behemoth pulled out a 1-0 win against the professional juggernaut of CRS Reserves. The goal came through Alex Campana. 


Chicago Dutch Lions 2 vs Milwaukee Torrent 3 – 6pm – Benedictine University, Lisle, IL – Eleven Sports

Chicago Dutch Lions took the lead on the road in the 16th minute but Elsi Twombly equalised for the Torrent just before half time. CDL went ahead again the 50th minute but Jelena Sever made it 2-2 in the 57th minute from the penalty spot, and then 3-2 from open play in the 73rd minute for the win.

Cincinnati Sirens 2 vs FC Pride 0 – 7pm – Lakota West High School, Liberty Township, OH – No Announced Stream 

Morgan White and Makala Woods picked up the goals for a perfect Sirens squad on top of the Midwestern Division. 

Dayton Dutch Lions 6 vs St Louis Lions 0 – 7pm – West Carrolton High School, Dayton, OH – No Announced Stream

DDL FC opened the scoring after only 5 minutes through a St Louis own goal from a Huber cross. Marcella Cash scored in the 24th and thus it remained through half time. Anuci scored shortly after the half. Jenssen scored number 4 in the 52nd minute. Huber added a goal to her earlier assist in the 83rd minute and another in the 90th minute, with another St Louis own goal in the 83rd minute. 

Fire and Ice 6 vs Columbus Eagles 0 – 7pm – Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL – Eleven Sports

Doubles from Olivia Smith and Sarah Foley added to solo shots from Sofia Hernandez and Mackenzie Litzs for the blowout of the winless Eagles.  


Salvo SC vs MapleBrook Fury – 3pm – Reynolds Field, Roseville, MN – No Announced Stream

This game was suspended due to lightning at 1-1 in the 50th minute, with the remainder of the match to be rescheduled. The Salvo goal was scored by Khyah Harper and the equalizer was in the 37th minute. 

Mankato United 9 vs Dakota Fusion 1 – 5pm – Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN – Eleven Sports

Danielle Tazic opened the scoring in the 5th minute for the home team but pretty constant pressure from Mankato failed to secure further goals, prior to a Hallie Thompson equalizer in the 31st minute from 20 yards out, just past the Kato keeper.  It was just before halftime at Mankato United finally made their superiority count, after busted defense at a corner left Dakota Wendell open to slot the ball home from the top of the six yard box. The second half started as rapidly for Kato as the first had, with Tazic repeating her trick within 50 seconds of the restart, from a Wendell cross. Wendell was again the benefactor of fortune in the 51st and 54th minutes as she scored off two charge downs of Emily Soukup in goal for the Fusion. Ironically, the margin could have been even larger, were it not for the efforts of Soukup, who is graduating from high school in Moorhead and joining Minnesota State Mankato in the fall. Abigail Hoisington made it 6-1 in the 63rd minute. Cassidy Joyce made it 7-1 before Tazic completed her own hat trick in the 82nd minute with a close range blast into the top right corner. Scoring was completed through a PK in the 87th minute. 

Fire SC 98 0 vs Minnesota Thunder 1 – 7pm – Centennial High School Stadium, Circle Pines, MN – No Announced Stream

It took until the 80th minute for the red hot division leading Thunder to break the deadlock against a Fire side fresh off a strong performance against Dakota Fusion, and there would be no further scoring. 

Dayton Dutch Lions 1 vs Lady Victory 4 – 4:30pm – West Carrolton High School, Dayton, OH – No Announced Stream

Goals in the 23rd, 25th and 35th minutes led Victory to a lead. Second half goals came in the 58th from Dayton and the 60th from Victory for the win. 

St Louis Lions 2 vs Columbus Eagles 3 – 5pm – Tony Glavin Soccer Complex, Cottleville, MO – No Announced Stream

Columbus win the battle of the basement, claiming all three points in the 87th minute after a back and forth match.