By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
FC Oshawa’s women’s soccer team first season goal of making the playoffs is well in hand.
After nine games played, Oshawa’s women’s team currently sits tied for sixth place with two other teams, which puts them in a playoff spot, as the top eight teams get to play in the postseason.
Oshawa’s soccer squad currently has a record of 4-4-1, earning them 13 points.
They have scored 11 goals while allowing 11.
Head coach Ron Clarke says he feels the season is going very well, as they are within reach of their goal.
“Our goal is to make the playoffs, and that’s finishing in the top eight,” he explains. “So far, we’re in sixth, so, so far so good.”
He says the team is feeling excited to be in a playoff spot in their first season.
“We’ve had so many different faces come through the program because of a lot of kids leaving early to go back to school, but the young kids that we’ve had have really stepped it up,” says Clarke.
Clarke says the players are feeling very proud as they can now represent Oshawa around Ontario.
“For a lot of them, they’ll say that it’s a long-time coming, because we’ve produced so many great athletes in the City of Oshawa in the past, and now they feel really proud to be able to represent the city at this level, and they want to show that there is even more talent coming through the pipeline in the future,” explains Clarke.
The team leader in goals so far is Sona Makulova with three, and Clarke says she had the stylistic goal of the year against Unionville Milliken S.C.
“Our goalkeeper Sarah Forde has been fantastic,” says Clarke “Even though the stats might not show it, she’s kept us in every single game that we’ve played.”
Clarke notes the team has an undefeated record on the road and recently had their first home victory.
“We have one home game left,” he says. “We want to make sure that we win that one.”
He says the team has added some new faces in the midfield over the last few games, and they’ve been successful because of that.
“We want to continue to improve in our midfield, and how we play the ball on the ground and move as a unit, and I think we’ve finally found the right combination of players to do that with,” says Clarke.
Clarke notes the team has had really good fan turnout, as the home opener had more than 600 fans, and they’ve been averaging between 150 and 200 per game since.
“We just want people to know, when they come to our games it’s a really fun environment, and it’s really good soccer, so we just want the word to get out there’s high level soccer in Oshawa,” says Clarke.
The Oshawa squad plays their next game on the road on Friday, July 5 at 8 p.m. against Darby FC.