It’s been a whirlwind season for the Columbus Eagles as the Women’s Premier Soccer League season comes to an end on Sunday evening. It’s the end of a long road for the Eagles, who began training back in March when snow was still falling in Central Ohio.
A devoted group of soccer players congregated for a late-night training session at SuperKick Columbus to get the season underway. However, there was a different feeling in the air. The Eagles felt this could be their year to claim a WPSL National Championship. Head coach Daniel Seiffert began the process of evaluating talent as he began to form his roster for the WPSL season. Unfortunately for the him, he had some tough decisions to make.
New players like Lila Remache, Micaela Powers, and Ashley Gogolin were new additions for Columbus and immediately challenged for minutes in the starting lineup. This forced the Eagles coach to bench and perhaps not offer a WPSL player card to players who would have otherwise made the cut in previous seasons.
His difficult decisions yielded tremendous results for the club. Seiffert went unbeaten in his first five matches in charge of the WPSL club, the first loss coming against Motor City FC on June 3rd. Following that loss, Columbus earned three consecutive results and are in search of a fourth result Sunday.
With Empire United defeating FC Pride last week, the Eagles can finish in second place with a win over Steel City FC on Sunday afternoon, but they must be careful. Should Columbus fail to claim three points, they can finish in fourth place in the WPSL Valley Division. An accomplishment that could dull the shine of an otherwise record setting season.