WPSL Central Region Week 8: Preview Featured Women's Premier Soccer League by Ashle Norling - June 29, 2021July 2, 20210 Tuesday: MapleBrook Fury vs Dakota Fusion: 6 PM – Wilmes Field at Osseo High School, Osseo, MN – No Stream Announced With only an 8 match schedule for the WPSL’s Northern Conference the teams are anywhere from 1/2 to all of the way through their seasons. Dakota Fusion are sitting at 0-0-6 with no points so far in 2021, the only team in the Northern Conference with that distinction. In addition to the record Fusion have been hapless this season being outscored 34 goals to 1, including a 4-0 loss to the Fury on Friday. MapleBrook on the other hand is 3-1-1 with 10 points and battling for the conference title still. The Fury come into Tuesday’s match on just a days rest after losing 4-2 to the Minnesota Thunder on Sunday. Wednesday: St. Louis Lions vs Fire & Ice SC: 6 PM – Tony Glavin Soccer Complex, Cottleville, MO – No Stream Announced In the long stretching Midwestern Conference, Fire & Ice will travel from their suburban St. Louis home to the Missouri suburbs to face the St. Louis Lions. The hosting Lions are 0-0-7 and another team in the Region with no points on the season and are sitting with a -29 goal differential. On the other hand Fire & Ice is 4-1-3 with 13 points and have an outside chance at the Midwestern Conference title with four matches left to play. The last time the two sides faced each other Fire & Ice won 2-0. Minnesota Thunder vs Rochester United FC: 7:45 PM – Academy of Holy Angels StarDome, Richfield, MN – Eleven Sports After a disappointing start with a 2-1 loss to Salvo SC to their first WPSL season the Thunder have since gone on a tear going 6-0-0 since. Minnesota Thunder have outscored their opponents 18-4 in those six wins. With the shortest WPSL Northern Conference season on record the Thunder can clinch the conference title with a win on Wednesday night. On the other hand Rochester can at least push the celebration off for a minimum of a few days if the Lions can snag a win or even force a draw. Chicago City SC vs Chicago Dutch Lions: 8:30 PM – Lions for Hope Sports Complex, Chicago, IL – Eleven Sports With a 10 match schedule and a beatable Red Stars Reserves side the Lake Michigan Conference title is still winnable for almost every team. And while it would take a lot for that to be Chicago City neither them or the Chicago Dutch Lions are out of the mix yet. CCSC is 1-1-3 with just four points to their name but still with 15 on the table, but are 0-1-2 in their last three. CDL are currently at 3-1-2 with 10 points and are 2-0-1 in their last three, that loss came Thursday: MapleBrook Fury vs Salvo SC: 7 PM – Osseo High School Stadium, Osseo, MN – No Stream Announced After Rochester United managed to force a draw with the Northern Conference leading Thunder, that has opened the door for MapleBrook to attempt a late gasp at sharing the conference title. The Fury are 3-1-1 with 10 points having three matches, two of which are rescheduled matches, left to play. Salvo SC can destroy MapleBrook’s hopes of winning the Conference by winning or forcing a draw with the Fury on Thursday night. Friday: FC Milwaukee Torrent vs Chicago City SC: 7 PM – Hart Park, Wauwatosa, WI – Eleven Sports Rounding out a short week in the WPSL is a MKE/CHI showdown with the Torrent hosting Chicago City at Hart Park on Friday night. The Lake Michigan Conference is entirely up for grabs and Torrent have five matches to play and attempt a run at the title. While Torrent are 3-1-1 with 10 points CCSC is only sitting at 1-2-3 with 5 points in six matches. Milwaukee statistically has the advantage and adding in their home ground this will be a tough go for Chicago City.