Detroit City FC (W) vs AFC Ann Arbor

June 15, 2022
USL-W League Match
Keyworth Stadium, Hamtramck, MI

Shannon dominates in win vs Ann Arbor

It was a steamy, humid, Wednesday evening at Keyworth, with feel-like temperatures exceeding 100-degrees for the second match-up against AFC Ann Arbor.  The first was two weeks ago when City fell 1-nil at Saline High School.

Coach Sam Piraine would not be behind the bench this evening, as he led the 07 Youth Team to the regional finals in St. Louis.  Assistants Danny Dragoi, Tyler McManus, and Eric Perilla would guide the women this evening.

Starting XI

Stefane Rosa – GK
Ashley Zugay – D
Anna Doane – D
Camila Pescatore – D
Tiffanie Hollingsworth – D
Anni Rusanen – M
Ellie Ferguson – M
Chloe Ricketts – M
Emily Eitzman – M
Luana Grabias – M
Brooklyn Whitehead – F

Starting Eleven.

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Front Row, Left to Right.

Madison Duncan – Midfielder
Brynn Gardner – Forward
Rachel Philpotts – Midfielder
Gabby Schriver – Goalkeeper

Back Row, Left to Right.

Ellie Pool – Forward
Shannon McCarthy – Midfielder
Grace Philpotts – Defender
Emilie Gardner – Defender
Gabby Tremonti – Defender
Kenna White – Forward
Elisa Baeron – Defender, Captain

City came out and pressured Ann Arbor early, orchestrated by Shannon McCarthy.  It paid off.  In the 15th minute, Kenna White back-heeled the ball to Shannon.  She carried the ball down the right channel then sailed it to the front of goal.  Brynn Gardner got under it and headed it past the Ann Arbor keeper with authority, giving City the early lead.

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Shannon continued to drive the destiny of this match.  In the 21st minute, she stripped the ball from a defender and found Ellie Pool with a pass.  Ellie took a couple steps in and fired a shot that struck an Ann Arbor defender.  The ball’s backspin from the contact caused it to bounce to Kenna White, but her shot went straight to the keeper.  Two minutes later, Shannon’s long throw in found Kenna White who headed it just wide of the frame.

Ann Arbor gained some possession after absorbing the City attack and Keyworth heat.  But in the 41st minute, City doubled their lead.

It started with a little give-and-go between Kenna White and Grace Philpotts.  Grace is one of the City originals, playing in the friendly in Grand Rapids against Midwest United and in the two matches of UWS Stadium Showcase in 2020.  Last season, Grace played five matches for City, scoring a goal against Muskegon Risers on May 29th and Midwest United on July 2nd.  The DePaul junior started all 18 matches for the Blue Devils last year, recording 4 assists.

Grace sent a pass into the box to Brynn Gardner.  Brynn chipped it high toward the goal and it fell for Madison Duncan at the far post.  Madison guided it toward Ellie Pool but the pass was blocked by a defender who deflected it out front to a charging Shannon McCarthy who fired it into the corner of the net.

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It was 2-nil at the half.

City made one change as the second half began.  Ally Childers came in for Rachel Philpotts.  Rachel is the cousin of Grace Philpotts.  Last year, Rachel had four starts with City, and scored a goal against the Muskegon Risers on June 5th.  She tallied assists on June 12th against Corktown and June 19th vs Midwest United.  In 2020, Rachel played for Lansing United in the UWS Stadium Series and scored the lone goal for Lansing against us in our 2-1 victory in the semi-final.  From 2018 to 2021, Rachel started every match for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, scoring 15 goals and 12 assists in 72 games.

Down by two goals, AFC Ann Arbor came out pressuring right away.  In the 46th minute, Gabby Schriver was forced to make a diving save against Chloe Ricketts.  Ricketts is a 15-year-old who, in 2021, played for her 2006 Girls team, which saw advancement into the ECNL National Finals, and played for the 2007 Boys Ann Arbor Tigers, who won a Michigan State Cup, the National League Great Lakes Conference, and went undefeated at the USYS Michigan Regional Championships.  She has recorded a goal, an assist, and seven shots already for AFC Ann Arbor this season.

The work rate and possession of Ann Arbor finally paid off in the 58th minute.  Luana Grabias stole the ball from a City player and created a two-on-one with Ashley Zugay.  Grabias drew the defender and rolled a pass to the former City player.  Zugay’s shot beat Gabby Schriver, and the City lead was cut in half.

The game almost went level when, two minutes later, Luana Grabias fired a shot that Gabby Schriver dove for, but it went just wide of Gabby and the goal.

In the 64th minute, City made two subs.  Kate Childers came in for Madison Duncan.  This is Kate’s second match for City, the 17-year-old coming to us from the Michigan Hawks and committed to the University of Minnesota for the fall.  She saw five minutes for City in Kentucky against Racing Louisville on May 15th.  Rylee subs in for her Bowling Green University teammate, Brynn Gardner.  In ten appearances as a sophomore, Rylee scored a goal against Oakland University on August 29, 2021.  Rylee spent her freshman year at Wright State before becoming a Falcon, having started all nine matches and scoring a goal and an assist.

The game became more intense and chippy.  Ann Arbor’s Angeline Kieh’s tackle on Shannon McCarthy earned her a yellow card in the 74th minute.  A minute later, City’s Emilie Gardner’s take down of Luana Grabias forced the ref to stop play and show her a yellow card.  City made another sub in the 80th minute, pulling Kenna White and bringing Margaret Berry into the match to tighten the defense.  That didn’t stop Ann Arbor from looking to equalize.  On a free kick just outside the eighteen-yard box, it was Luana Grabias nearly equalizing in the 83rd minute.  She set it on the spot, lined up and sailed a shot that Gabby Schriver had to reach skyward for.  But the crossbar was struck like a bell tolling for Ann Arbor.  City made one more set of substitutions in the 87th minute; Kayla Addison for Ellie Pool and Kayla Whelchel for Grace Philpotts.  When the referee blew the whistle and pointed to the center spot, City had won their second match of the season in what felt like a Detroit-Ann Arbor match from the NPSL days.

Player of the Match:  Shannon McCarthy

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Detroit City FC 2, AFC Ann Arbor 1
DCFC:  Brynn Gardner (Shannon McCarthy) 14′
DCFC:  Shannon McCarthy 41′
AFCA:  Ashley Zugay (Luana Grabias) 58′


City recorded 17 shots (Ellie Pool 6, Kenna White 4, Brynn Gardner 3, Shannon McCarthy, Kate Childers, Rylee Clark, Madison Duncan).  Gabby Schriver was credited with 4 saves.

AFC Ann Arbor had 10 shots and Stefane Rosa made 6 saves.

Yellow cards were issued to Angeline Kieh of Ann Arbor and Emilie Gardner of Detroit.

The women add two more goals to the Northern Guard Supporters’ Prideraiser tally, bringing the total to four.


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