The Force Women got their first win of the season last weekend away at Fuerza, a team that even after last weekend sits 4 places above them in the standings. A fluke? No. The Olympic Force Women have one of the best defenses in the league. In fact, the only teams that have given up fewer goals than the Force, sit 1-2-3 in the table and have scored 3 times as many goals for.
The strength in the back starts with GK Ricci Weidbrecht. A former South Kitsap High Grad who played at TCC more than a few years ago, now has 4 kids and decided to come out and "give it a go". Now, thanks to her exploits and the support of a steady back line featuring Lauren Kruzner (another SKHS grad) and Abby Olson, she leads the league in complete game shutouts.
Moving on to the back line, Lauren and Abby have taken over for the absence of fellow center back K-Lee Haynes who has been out since October with a torn ACL. Haynes was a big loss from last season where she was the only player in the men's or women's leagues that played every minute of every game. The Force defense this season has gotten stronger on the outside and it's been trial by committee. Emily Peters, Lacey Stark, Shelbie Blevins, Allison Molnar, Kylie Woodrum and the recently departed Amber Voin have all played significant roles on the edges of the back line.
"We really couldn't ask any more from our back line. It hasn't even mattered who has been back there. I honestly think that if we just locked in on defense, we could very likely have 7 points on 7, 0-0 games right now. That isn't fun for the players though. We have had to try and find unique ways to get some offense going and sometimes it has worked like it did last week against Fuerza, other times it has broken down like it did against TCU. But honestly, of all the games I have seen and the teams we have played, I wouldn't trade any of them for anyone else's goals scorer. They are just too good together and once you pull them apart, it isn't the same" -GM, Micah McMonagle.
The lady Force are currently in 8th position out of 9 with 3 games remaining, two them this weekend. A good weekend of results could find the Force in the playoff hunt as they could jump all the way to 6th. But for a team last year that was never in a lot of games, this team has shown that they belong, and that just maybe, they are still rising as well.
Join us this weekend when we take on the Washington Timbers at South Kitsap High School Stadium at 2pm. Click the graphic for tickets.