FRISCO – It’s early, but the FC Dallas women are off to a flying start in their inaugural WPSL season after a 2-0 victory Saturday night at Dr. Pink Field in Frisco against FC Austin Elite.
The victory moved the team to 2-0-0 on the season, where they have yet to allow a goal, outscoring their opposition 10-0.
The squad got out to an early lead when in the fourth minute, after saving an FC Austin free kick, the team quickly transitioned to the attack and forward Jade Bell saw Austin goalkeeper Lorrie Santoy off her line and impressively chipped the ball over her from the top of the box to give her side a 1-0 lead.
FC Dallas maintained most of the half’s possession and chances, including in the 45th minute when Gwennie Puente’s dribbling run into the Austin box forced a foul from the defense, giving FC Dallas a penalty kick.
Forward Kelley Monogue stepped up and calmly slotted her shot into the bottom right corner as the keeper went the other way, giving FC Dallas a 2-0 lead going into the half, which would eventually hold for the remainder of the match.
As the season is getting into motion, coach Ben Waldrum knows the challenge of having games clustered together and the difficulties that come with keeping his team fresh.
“I thought we were good in the first half,” Waldrum said, “I didn’t think we were great in the second half but I think legs and bodies were starting to get tired so we kind of saw the amount of games so far already affecting us a bit.”
The team is in the middle of a span of three games in four days, as his squad hosted the NWSL’s Houston Dash Thursday afternoon in a friendly they dropped, 3-0.
“It’s probably trying to find the balance of not playing players too much but not also over-rotating and putting too many players together who are playing with each other for the first time so it’s a challenging thing for our staff, but I think, getting the result today, we’ve done a pretty good job of resting some legs.”
In WPSL play, where the rosters are larger, players might not be very familiar with each other, but as goal-scorer Jade Bell pointed out, the chemistry is still there.
“I think we’ve come together really quick,” Bell said. “We’ve had two or three weeks of practice and we get on the field, we might not know each other’s names, but we can play together and that’s what wins games.”
FC Dallas women take on Pines 1779 Sunday at 3 p.m. at Dr. Pink Field.