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UPSL Week 2 Preview

Updated: Sep 3, 2021

UPSL Spring Season GAME 2 Preview:

Coming off their home opening win against Inter Wichita, Sunflower State Football Club will welcome Sporting Wichita on Mother’s Day May 9th, 2021, at Mill Valley High-School in Shawnee.

By: Salvatore Sesti: May 6th 2021

Sunflower State FC

Owners: Joseph Lipoff & Andrew Lentell

Head Coach: Nick McDonald

Assistant Coach: Kenny Mayer

Home: Field: Mill Valley High School Stadium, 5900 Monticello Rd. Shawnee, KS 66226

Last Game: In their home opening win against Inter Wichita, it was clear that Sunflower State FC had some preseason rust to knock off. After going down 0-2 in the first 10 minutes of the game, SSFC found their legs and took advantage of several goalkeeping mistakes to make the score 2-2. Late in the 1st half 15-year-old Goalkeeper, Matthew Solorio, came out against streaking Inter Wichita Forward, Juan Zamora, who pushed the ball past Solorio and then went head over heels in the penalty box. The Referee deemed it a penalty and Inter would go up 2-3 into halftime. Ruairi Cotter would make it 3-3 in the second half after testing Inter goalkeeper Luke Dixon from distance. Tired legs were evident all around, but Sunflower State veteran and coach Nick McDonald was able to get himself his second of the night on a breakaway for the 4-3 lead. Girma Kassa would add one for his second making the final 5-3.

Players to Watch Next Game: Shfeo Lar, Nic Jaimes, Girma Kassa, Spencer Jean Baptiste


Executive Director: Daniel Fiszel

Head Coach: Ruy Vaz

Assistant Coach: Tanner Brock

Home Field: Stryker Soccer Stadium, 2999 N. Greenwich Rd, Wichita, KS 67226

About: Founded as Wichita Rojos in 2002, Sporting Wichita has grown into one of the largest youth soccer clubs in Kansas. The youth academy currently features more than 40 teams and 600-plus players. They are a Sporting KC affiliate and offer a chance for their many players to go beyond just the youth club level. Their first team offers a chance to play against a different level of talent. Sporting will be opening their UPSL competition this weekend.

Players to Watch: Ethan Pfeifer, Valentine Iheaniyogu, Tommy Fiszel

Final Word: Sunflower State looks to continue their winning ways in their second game of the season on Mother’s Day. They will have a tough test against the Sporting affiliate from Wichita who open up their season on the road in Shawnee KS.

Game starts at 5:00 PM CST with fans allowed into the grounds at 4:15 PM.

Mothers are allowed free attendance for the holiday!

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