Both attacks were clicking at Aquinas College, where Midwest United (1-0 UWS Midwest) began its season with a hard-earned and important 4-2 victory over Lansing United (0-1 UWS Midwest). Lansing United went ahead 1-0 early but was unable to cling onto its lead for long, as the Hoops found themselves down 3-1 before they could respond.
Michigan State’s Camryn Evans put Lansing United up 1-0 in the 31st minute, combining with South Dakota’s Alexis Mitchell, who provided the assist. Midwest United responded shortly thereafter, as a well-placed through ball from Indiana’s Avery Lockwood found Toledo’s Stephanie Currie, who provided the finish to send the teams to halftime tied 1-1.
Currie struck again in the 55th minute to give Midwest United its first lead. Then, Lockwood’s Indiana teammate Anna Bennet intercepted a misplaced pass and scored to make it 3-1 in the 60th minute of action. Lauren Moellering responded for Lansing United, collecting a rebound off the post to close the deficit to 3-2 in the 63rd minute. But substitute Sydney Shenk put the game out of reach for Midwest United with 10 minutes remaining, cutting in to score after receiving a pass from fellow sub and teammate at Aquinas College, Hannah Crum.
An eight-goal outburst for the home side in this game between UWS debutants made for a lopsided outcome at De La Salle Collegiate High School. Corktown AFC (1-0 UWS Midwest) controlled the match from start to finish in a convincing 8-0 win over Muskegon Risers (0-1 UWS Midwest) to begin its season on the right foot.
Corktown AFC got the scoring underway in the 12th minute with a goal from Alexa Sabbagh and never looked back, scoring five times in the first half and adding three more goals in the second. Louisville’s Emma Hiscock was the biggest difference-maker for Corktown AFC on the day, scoring twice and assisting on three more goals for a total of five goal contributions. Madison Schupbach was also key, scoring twice — both times after combining with Hiscock — and also contributing two assists.
Quality finishing was key in a tightly contested encounter at DuPage Medical Group Field, where Ladies Steel City (1-0 UWS Midwest) earned a key season-opening win over Midwest Conference South Division foe Chicago KICS (0-1 UWS Midwest), building a two-goal lead that proved enough to take all three points.
Katherine Knutte began the scoring for Ladies Steel City, putting her side ahead in the 8th minute, helped by an assist from Elisa Aguilar. Ladies Steel City extended its lead to 2-0 not long after the halftime break, thanks to Laura Stepniak. That goal proved crucial as Chicago KICS responded in the 78th minute via Purdue product Ena Sabanagic, but the away side couldn’t find an equalizer.