August 22, 2018
The Twin Cities Amazons kicked off the 2018 Fall season with DII playing against the Chicago Lions at home this past Saturday and WPL traveling to the DC Furies for their match on Sunday.
Last year, the away match against the DC Furies resulted in a 36-7 win for the Amazons. This year, the away match ended in a close 31-33 loss for the Zons.
Forward and long time vet Mikayla Miller shared a quick recap, “Our goals for Sunday’s WPL match were to go forward together, and to ‘protect the pack’ – protect our family, control our controllables, and move down the field together. Our first half was filled with great defensive efforts and explosive moments on attack, which sent us into halftime with a lead. With a strong attack and a relentless pursuit at the breakdown, the momentum quickly shifted in the Furies favor during the second half though, ending in a close loss for us on the road. While the loss was disappointing, we recognize our potential, and are excited to get back to training this week to prepare for our next couple of matches – our first DII road game and WPL home opener.”
Watch the full match here: WPL Amazons Vs. DC Furies 2018
For the DII side, the match was a debut for the Chicago Lions that resulted in a 19-43 loss for the Zons.
Field Captain Ashley Kastendick provided comment on DII’s performance on Saturday, “I don’t think the score reflects the hard fought battle the DII Amazons gave the Lions. The individual efforts were there but at the end of the day, we know that we lacked that team connection and got out worked. With that being said, you could definitely feel the potential out there on the pitch. I’m excited to watch this squad tap into that and go forward as the season progresses.”
While DII is currently sitting at 0 points for league standings from this past weekend, WPL harnessed two league bonus points for scoring 4 or more tries in a match and a loss within 7 points.
As the Amazons go forward to the next weekend of competition, DII will be at the Will County Morrigans on Saturday, Aug. 25 and WPL will be playing Beantown at home on Sunday, Aug. 26.
D2 MVP: Katrina Anderson
D2 Hit of the Match: Leia Gravon
WPL MVP: Brittany Tricarico
WPL Hit of the Match: Sylvia Braaten
All home matches will be held at the Eagan Community Center with kickoff at 11:00 AM.
Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Below are the details of the point system used for standings.
Win = 4 points
Tie = 2 points
Loss = 0 points
Score 4 or more tries in a match = 1 bonus point
Lose but score within 7 points = 1 bonus point
Read more about WPL news at http://wplrugby.org/.