Oakland Soul with fans at first match of the 2023 W League season
The 2023 USL W League season kicked off today and clubs wasted no time scoring goals. In fact, the fastest goal from today was in the fifth minute by Kalamazoo and Oakland clocked in at just eight minutes.
Be sure follow along on social media tomorrow for our fifth and final match of the weekend when SF Glens host Academica SC at 4pm ET.
Check out a quick recap of all four matches from today:
In the first official match of the season, Stockton Cargo hosted Oakland Soul under a gray sky. It only took Oakland’s Nayeli Diaz eight minutes to find the back of the net and record the first goal of the season. Even down two goals, Stockton wouldn’t go away and goalkeeper Madison Covey-Taylor kept the Cargo in the match with some incredible saves.
Oakland would go on to win the high-scoring inaugural NorCal match 3-2 and you can expect both of these teams to be tough opponents all season long.
The first kick of the 2023 season— USL W League (@USLWLeague) May 6, 2023
Two first half goals sealed the victory for Kalamazoo FC in Cleveland. Kzoo struck first in the fifth minute and tacked on another goal in the 39th minute. Cleveland Force SC were able to pull one back in the 83rd minute when Aniya Hartzler found the back of the net but ultimately, the Force were unable to find an equalizer before full time.
Kalamazoo FC WIN!! We start our season off with a 2-1 victory over Cleveland Force on the road! Come out this Thursday to see us play our first home match of the season! #allezkzoo pic.twitter.com/wLQkvi3X82— Kalamazoo Football Club (@kalamazoofc) May 6, 2023
AFC Ann Arbor welcomed Flint City AFC in front of a great crowd, however the warm welcome cooled after Flint tallied three goals in the first half to Ann Arbor’s one. After halftime, Flint picked up where they left off with a beautiful free kick goal.
Ann Arbor’s returning forward Angeline Kieh would score the lone goal for the Mighty Oak. Flint City would go on to win 5-1.
Expansion side Virgina Marauders FC hosted NOVA FC to kick their seasons off. The teams played to a scoreless scoreline heading into the locker room at halftime. The Marauders scored their first goal in club history in the 58th minute, which would be the deciding goal, shutting out their interstate rivals 1-0.
VA Marauders' first-ever starting IV would take the pitch and get the W