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WPSL Wrap Up: Week 1

Maplebrook and Salvo opened up the 2019 season with a baseball style opener in Week 1. This week Dakota Fusion and Mankato United take the pitch for the first time in 2019.

June 17, 2018 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Chicago Red Stars Reserves goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood (1)denies Fire 98 SC forward Taylor Bare's (27) penalty kick during the Fire 98 SC vs Chicago Red Stars Reserves match at Sea Foam Stadium. 

(Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)
June 17, 2018 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - Chicago Red Stars Reserves goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood (1)denies Fire 98 SC forward Taylor Bare’s (27) penalty kick during the Fire 98 SC vs Chicago Red Stars Reserves match at Sea Foam Stadium. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

Matchweek 1 Recap:

Maplebrook Fury vs Salvo SC

The opening match of the 2019 WPSL North Season saw the newly re-branded Maplebrook Fury (formerly TwinStars Dragons) take on the new Salvo SC. Fury opened the scoring in the 25’ when Taylie Scott popped a shot in off a rebound from a play that started as a throw in. Patricia Ward got the equalizer for Salvo in the 31’ after staying onside and beat the defenders receiving a 25 yard pass before getting into the box and beating the keeper on a beautiful shot into the upper right hand corner, in what would be the final goal of a 1-1 draw.

Matchweek 2 Schedule*:

Salvo SC vs Dakota Fusion FC

Fusion begin their WPSL season on the road with a weekend trip to the Twin Cities, to face the two sides who have already played each other. The fact that there are enough Fargo-Moorhead products to field an entirely homespun side if desired, could lessen the roster turnover between matches which often affected the coherence of the side. Especially with two matches in two days. Fusion will hope that second season syndrome is a good, rather than a bad, thing but Salvo will enter the match with plenty of confidence following their battling draw in their first ever match.

Maplebrook Fury vs Dakota Fusion FC

Fusion travel to the only side they claimed a point from last season and they will hope that either the memory of that point or momentum from the previous day will offer some support. A stronger crowd should be in attendance as Maplebrook hold a NPSL/WPSL doubleheader at Maple Grove High School.

Maplebrook Fury vs Mankato United SC

Maplebrook hosts their third match of the season and second match of Week 2 on Sunday against Mankato. Fury comes into the weekend off a tough 1-1 draw against Salvo and will have played the previous night against Dakota Fusion. Mankato may have the edge in this match with most of their roster consisting of Minnesota State-Mankato players and fresh set of players compared to Maplebrook who plays the night before against Dakota Fusion.

*For exact kickoff times, locations, and tickets, visit the websites of the home club, which can be found by clicking the italicized team.