Match Preview: Columbus Eagles vs. Indy Saints FC
When the preseason preparations began in March, the Columbus Eagles and head coach Daniel Seiffert came in with high aspirations. A record 2017 campaign had the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) side feeling confident coming into a new season.
A conference realignment at the annual league winter meetings meant the WPSL Valley Division had undergone some radical changes. The division expanded from five teams to nine, but despite the increased competition players and staff welcomed the challenge with eager anticipation.
“New opponents (are exciting). I think that is something that is always fun,” said midfielder Mary Seiffert. “You don’t know much about them so that can be tough.”
Columbus welcomes one of those new teams to Otterbein’s Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Indy Saints make the trip to Central Ohio on the heels of a 1-3 loss against rival FC Pride.
The Saints look to play the role of spoiler on Saturday, looking to frustrate an Eagles team that has already improved on a stellar 2017 season. Head coach Daniel Seiffert and his team already broke the points record established just a season ago but are still hungry for more.
With two games remaining in the season, the Eagles are within striking distance of second place in the Valley Division and have a chance break another record for wins in a season.