Week 5 of WPSL action sees the last two clubs in the North finally make their season debut (in St Croix’s case, after two postponements). More about that match later, here’s the full recap of the week’s action.



Salvo SC 1-0 Minnesota Thunder

A lone goal by Khyah Harper, from Molly Fiedler, gave last year’s national finalists a win against the defending conference champions.


Salvo 3-0 Mankato United

Khyah Harper from Riley Lijewski broke the deadlock in the 65th minute. Becca Smith from Khyah Harper in the 79th minute made it sure and there was a late own goal.

Dakota Fusion FC 0-3 St Croix Legacy

St Croix came into Fargo-Moorhead having seen two successive season openers (one at home and then one on the road) postponed. For Fusion, this is the regularly scheduled opener. They are the only two sides in the ten-team WPSL Northern Conference not to play yet this season. Legacy finished fourth in the conference standings having managed to finish the season without a single draw and a record of 5-4 in their nine games. Fusion also did not draw a single game, but accumulated a conference worst record of 0-9 and a goal difference of -43. The hosts have a new head coach, in the shape of Chris Andreasen, who was director of coaching at Red River Soccer Club before they merged with Fusion in the offseason. 

After a strong opening to the match, two goals in six minutes provided some scoreboard separation as Avery Murdzek swept home from the top of the box in the twentieth minute and then her sister Lainey tapped in off a rebound after a blast from the middle of the box. 

It would remain 2-0, as the visitors missed a number of chances to widen the margin but it would be the home side with the best chance, a penalty kick after a tangle of legs near the top of the box in the 51st minute. Unfortunately, the shot was hammered off the post and the rebound saved.  

Five minutes later, Legacy hit the crossbar with a shot and near chances for Legacy would continue to be a theme, albeit with Fusion providing some of their own. Their best chance from open play cane in the 66th minute as a Fusion free kick just outside the box culminated in a shot on target, punched wide by Kendall Ellis. 

The icing on the St Croix performance came when Lainey Murdzek tapped in, off the post and in from a Henneman cross in the 75th minute. Both clubs would force flying saves from the opposing keeper but it finished 3-0.

Sioux Falls City 2-0 Minnesota Thunder

Thunder fell further behind in the race for the conference, with Sioux Falls City getting goals from Mia Mullenmeister and Yui Fujii.

Joy Athletic 1-3 Rochester United FC

A twenty minute flurry for Rochester saw two from Kylie Miranto and one from Savannah Maley, before Lennon Folstad scored the home team’s only tally.


Salvo SC 7-0 Dakota Fusion FC

Salvo steamrolled Fusion, with braces from Angela Gutierrez, Khyah Harper and Sophia Barjesteh and a solo goal from Alma Beaton.

Manitou FC 0-6 Sioux Falls Thunder

Keyera Harmon, Yui Fujii, Katharina Oelschlaeger, Mia Mullenmeister and a double from Kaydence Ramirez put Manitou to the sword.

St Croix Legacy 2-1 Minnesota Thunder

Lainey Murdzek and Lexi Huber put the Legacy into the lead. Thunder got a consolation in the 78th minute, the well-practised combination of Paige Kalal to Paige Peltier with the goal.

Rochester United FC 0-0 MapleBrook Fury

Here is the top of the WPSL Northern Conference standings ahead of tomorrow’s games:

The top four of the WPSL Northern Conference: Sioux Falls City 4-0-0, +17 Goal Difference. Form = 4 wins Salvo SC 4-0-0, +15 Goal Difference. Form = 4 wins. Rochester United 2-1-1, -1 Goal Difference. Form = Draw, 2 wins, 1 loss. St Croix Legacy 2-0-0, +4 Goal Difference. Form = 2 Wins
Courtesy of Women’s Premier Soccer League

Coming Up:


Minnesota Thunder v Manitou FC

St Croix Legacy  v Salvo SC


Dakota Fusion FC v Manitou FC

Rochester United SC v Mankato United SC


Joy Athletic Club v St Croix Legacy

Sioux Falls City v MapleBrook Fury


Mankato United v Dakota Fusion