The FC Dallas Women added another win to their undefeated record after handing the Texas Spurs their first loss of the season on Wednesday night with a final score of 3-1.
The game kept a fast pace with plenty of movement across the field as both teams fought to preserve their undefeated records, but Dallas got off to an early lead with a header by Caroline Van Slambrouck in the 16th minute. Less than ten minutes into the second half, Dallas rattled off two more goals six minutes apart by Natalie Schmutz and Casie Ramsier. Kelsey Devonshire and Erin Scott split the time in the goal and both managed to save several shots from going into the net until late in the game, when Mikayla Uyokpeyi edged the ball past Scott and scored for the Spurs.
Head Coach Ben Waldrum was proud of the group’s response to the Spurs, especially coming back after halftime.
“We keep on the path of winning, so that’s obviously a positive,” Waldrum said. “I thought the Spurs actually came out and were very disruptive and pretty organized defensively, we had a hard time breaking them down in the first half. With the adjustments, I was really, really pleased with my group and the way they responded and took the halftime adjustment to heart, and we opened up the game there.”
Waldrum also said the team has gelled quickly, which is in important contributor to their success so far this season - though there are still things the team needs to work on, like attacking and defensive lapses.
“We keep improving, and that’s the focus,” Waldrum said. “We keep worrying about getting better and worrying about us, and not really the opposition of anything. That’s our target, we just want to get better every game. We know with our talent level and the ability that we have here, winning is going to be a byproduct of that.”
With the fourth consecutive win, Dallas moves into second place in the Southwest Conference of the WPSL with a 4-0-0 record. They’re scheduled to play Oklahoma City FC on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tundra Field #2 in Frisco, next to Toyota Stadium.