Record: Chicago City (1-1-2, 4 pts., -5 GD) at Bavarians (1-2-1, 5 pts., 0 GD)
Kickoff Time & Location: Saturday, June 26 in Milwaukee
This was not supposed to be the first match between Chicago City and Bavarians this season. The two sides were set to meet at the Lions for Hope Complex on the South Side of Chicago last weekend, but a severe thunderstorm that brought tornados to the Chicago suburbs ended any plans of that match occurring.
Instead, the two sides will meet for the first time in Milwaukee as both teams look for their second wins of the season.
Chicago City is coming off a tough draw against Green Bay Glory, which saw City regain their lead in the 87th minute, only to lose it two minutes later. Head Coach Nick Mulvaney described the result as “two points dropped” instead of a point earned, highlighting the disappointment in giving the Glory their first point of the season.
Bavarians, on the other hand, had one of the results of the season thus far in the WPSL Lake Michigan Conference. The Milwaukee-based side defeated certainly the most talented team in the conference in the Red Stars Reserves.
“I am sure they are full of confidence,” Mulvaney said, “but again, it won’t be anything different we have faced before. We will stick to our game plan and go from there.”
City captain Hope Baisley agreed with her coach stressing the importance of not worrying about other teams and their past performances. “I think we just need to focus on our own game plan,” Baisley said. “We’ve been working hard in practice, and I am seeing a lot of improvement from the team as a whole.”
City will certainly be looking to improve from a run of results that have only seen them accrue one win in their first four matches, leaving them in fifth place in the Lake Michigan Conference, eight points from the top.
One of the aspects of play Mulvaney and the rest of his side have continuously stressed is taking advantage of the chances the side does create for itself.
City will certainly need to make sure they do that as they face a Bavarians side that has only given up four goals in four matches, including keeping a clean sheet versus the Red Stars Reserves. “We know we will create chances and so we just need to take them,” Mulvaney said.
City will be looking to leapfrog Bavarians in the standings and could get as high as third in the conference with a win.
“If we come out on Saturday with a lot of energy and a good mindset,” Baisley said, “I think we will be able to be successful.”