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Future FC Women Continue Winning Ways

Captain Studer Leads The Way in a 3-0 Victory
Published Jun 6, 2023

Great Park Championship Stadium, Irvine, Ca.- The Future FC Women travelled for their third away game in row playing against the So Cal Reds at the beautiful Championship Stadium at Great Park in Irvine.  The Future Women had a hard time finding rhythm and in fact gave up the first two goal scoring opportunities with one shot clanging off the crossbar, and another neatly palmed over by Future FC Youth Goalkeeper, Abigail Turley.  After the slow start, the Future Women began to establish a rhythm in play and found several opportunities, either not capitalized on or turned away from the So Cal Reds shot stopper. The first half ended in a scoreless draw.

Coming out of the break the Future FC coaching staff made some changes, both in terms of personnel and in shape. "Although we liked what we got out of our midfield in the first half, we felt we needed a more attacking presence to start the second half.  We felt that the partnership of Peraza and Studer in the back allowed us to be a bit more aggressive going forward", said Future Head Coach, Shayon Jalayer. When asked about her successful partnership with Olivia Peraza, Captain, Jenna Studer said, " Olivia is just a good soccer player.  It's one thing to play alongside one another and another to have a trust with eachother.  She's able to control the midfield line, willing to play dangerous passes, and overall I know she has my back when I make a mistake."  The duo has been the consistent centerpiece to the success of the team the past two seasons. Defender, Taya Townsell, returning from vacation, started the second half as did Forward Teagan Blackburn.  Within minutes of the second half whistle blowing, the intentions were clear; press higher up the field and send more players forward.  The tactic worked as it established the ability to lock the Reds into their own half and allowing the Future attacking line and midfield to press higher and more aggressively.  In fact the first goal came as the Reds attempting to build off their own goal kick, were forced to try and go long but the pass was cut out.  The ball was circulated back to the bottom of the center circle, where Player of the Match, Jenna Studer picked it up.  Seeing space in front of her, she gladly ate up the ground and unleashed a 40 yard bomb that hit the underside of the crossbar and over the line for the games first goal in the 49th minute. 

 Jenna Studer added her thoughts saying, "With another win and match under our belts I couldn't be more proud of the growing culture and progress we have made as a team and organization.  With that being said, we did come out a little slow, played a bit to individualized, and we couldn't find our rhythm and play the way we wanted." Studer continued by saying, "After halftime we found our style and played the soccer our program standardizes and as such, we were able to combine and be creative on and off the ball.

Three minutes later, Tara Oper, who was a menace all game long on the right side, sent a cross that initially seemed to be over hit.  Midfielder Rilee Harmon chasing it down just outside the left side of the box, played her midfield partner Lalli Alonso.  The crafty, dimunitive midfielder penetrated into the box, and prior to reaching the end line pulled her cross back to the feet of Kam Jalayer.  Jalayer struggling to bring the cross under control, popped the ball up in her first touch and on her second touch, before the ball hitting the ground, hit a well placed volley to the left corner of the goal beating the Reds Goalkeeper to make it 2-0 and her second in three games.

The Future FC Women continued the onslaught of attacks only to see them stymied by the outstanding play of the Reds shotstopper.  However, in the 87th minute, Forward substitute, Teagan Blackburn, seeing her previous two attempts saved earlier in the half, finally got her first goal of the year and sealing the victory, with a low, hard, near post drive and ending the match with a 3-0 victory.

The Future FC Women move to a 3-0-0 record, scoring 11 goals and conceading 0.  Future FC Women finally return to their home grounds, Santiago HS Stadium, on Sunday, June 11, 4pm in what promises to be a nail biter as they play AMSG.