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WPSL Central Region Week 9: Preview

Tuesday:

Bavarian Soccer Club vs FC Milwaukee Torrent: 7 PM – Heartland Value Fund Stadium, Glendale, WI – No Stream Announced

While neither team technically in Milwaukee this is a match between to sides from MKE and second match in the Milwaukee Derby should prove to be as exciting as ever. Bavarian SC (2-2-1, 8 points) host the Torrent (3-2-2, 11 points) at Heartland Value Fund Stadium at Bavarian Soccer Park. Currently Bavarian SC are 2-1-0 with a major win over Red Stars Reserves in their last three matches. Torrent meanwhile are also sitting at 2-1-0 with wins over Chicago Dutch Lions and Chicago City, the draw between the two sides falls within both teams last three.

Wednesday:

Chicago Dutch Lions vs Chicago Red Stars Reserves: 6 PM – Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, Lisle, IL – Eleven Sports

Red Stars Reserves dominance has been shown to not be as much as previously thought. With their 1-0 loss to Bavarians and BSC’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Dutch Lions this looks to be a very formidable opponent for RSR. RSR does hold a game in hand and a four point advantage over the Dutch Lions. Staying in title contention will require a win as a draw, while would technically keep CDL mathematically in the chase, will effectively end the chance.  However this will take a lot of work for the Dutch Lions to knock down the mighty Red Stars Reserves after CDL lost 4-0 to RSR in their season opener.

FC Pride vs St. Louis Lions: 7 PM – Pride Performance Center, Indianapolis, IN – No Stream Announced

Unlike the Northern Conference who played just an 8 game schedule with the same amount of teams the Midwestern Conference has a 12 match slate and full double round robin. This means almost everyone in the Midwestern Conference is within range of taking the title, currently the top spot is owned by Lady Victory. However an FC Pride win will snag that spot from Lady Victory, at least for a bit. While for the Lions this match is another attempt to get win number one in 2021.

Rochester United FC vs Fire SC 98: 7 PM – Spartan Field at Mayo High School, Rochester, MN – Eleven Sports

With the Northern Conference title being between MapleBrook and the Minnesota Thunder this match is really just for pride and playing time for both sides. RUFC should be able to handle the Thunder fairly easily in the Lions final match of 2021.

Saturday:

Green Bay Glory vs Bavarian Soccer Club: 1 PM – Capital Credit Union Park, Ashwaubenon, WI – Eleven Sports

Green Bay has a tough match on their hands against Bavarians on Saturday afternoon. The 0-1-6 (1 point) Glory host the 3-2-1 (11 points) Bavarian SC in the first match of a home and home series between the teams. While Glory cannot shoot for the division title they’ll look to earn only their second set of points in 2021. Bavarians on the other hand have four games left and 12 possible points, more than anyone else in the conference. With that they have a great chance at unseating RSR from the top spot in the conference over the next few matches.

St. Louis Lions vs Lady Victory FC: 2 PM – Tony Glavin Soccer Complex, Fenton, MO – No Stream Announced

Lady Victory sits second in the Midwestern Conference just a point back from FC Pride who currently hold the lead in the conference. With five matches to play for Lady Victory the Midwestern Conference championship is up for the taking. The host Lions on the other hand are still looking to get their first win or even points of the season, entering this afternoon at 0-0-9.

Dayton Dutch Lions vs FC Pride: 3:30 PM – Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium, West Carrolton, OH – Gem City Sports Network

Dayton is out of the race for the conference title at this point with a record of 2-3-4 (9 points) with three matches to play. On the other hand FC Pride leads the conference by one point with three matches left. A win is not only imperative to FC Pride but also very necessary to keep themselves in the face as Lady Victory has two games in hand over Pride.

Dakota Fusion vs Salvo SC: 5:00 PM – Jim Gotta Stadium, Moorhead, MN – Magnitude Sports

The Northern Conference inches ever closer to the close of their 2021 season and with no playoffs and the division title race at least partially decided this is more or less a friendly that happens to have points on the line. The Fusion women will want to claim points and avoid finishing 0-0-8 this season while Salvo will try to redeem themselves after a 2-1 loss to MapleBrook.

Chicago Red Stars Reserves vs FC Milwaukee Torrent: 7 PM – Evergreen Bank Group Athletic Field, Oak Brook, IL – Eleven Sports

RSR are very much showing they are not an unbeatable juggernaut like most season. With a loss to Bavarians and the Dutch Lions forcing a draw RSR have dropped four points this year, making the Lake Michigan Conference ripe for the taking. With a win the Torrent women would tie RSR on points at the top of the conference and both sides enter with an identical 1-1-1 run of form in their last three.

Fire & Ice SC vs Cincinnati Sirens: 7 PM – Althoff Catholic High School Stadium, Belleville, IL – Eleven Sports

Back in the Midwestern Conference again and another match with pretty huge implications for the table. The Sirens are also a single point back of FC Pride and also have two games in hand, the only loss the Sirens have been dealt was against Lady Victory in their last outing. Fire & Ice are even on matches with FC Pride but are 5-1-3 with 16 points. A loss would put a massive dent in the trophy hopes of Fire & Ice while it wouldn’t be a massive issue to the Sirens. On the other hand a win will possibly get the Sirens to the top of the standings.

Sunday:

Fire & Ice SC vs Lady Victory FC: 2 PM – Althoff Catholic High School Stadium, Belleville, IL – Eleven Sports

After both sides won on Saturday they came into another big match regarding the Midwestern Conference title. Just a two point difference between the sides showed the title was still up for grabs. Fire & Ice will 100% need to win to stay in the title race as they have one match left. Anything less and Lady Victory inches closer to a Conference Championship and Fire & Ice’s hopes are dashed.

Columbus Eagles vs Dayton Dutch Lions: 2 PM – Bernlohr Stadium at Capital University, Bexley, OH – Eleven Sports

Another Midwestern Conference match between two sides closer to the bottom of the table. Neither side can challenge for the conference title so this is a battle for price, experience, and Ohio.

* All Times CT

Ashle Norling
Co-Founder of Northern Lights Football. LGBTQ, also managing editor for E Pluribus Loonum.
http://www.lightsfootball.com

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