KZFC Scores Six in First Leg of Michigan Milk Cup
Andrew Streitel, 5/14/18, KZFC PR Intern
Kalamazoo FC beat Force FC 6-1 on Sunday in the first round of the Michigan Milk Cup at Mayors Riverfront Park.
KZFC put up six goals against Force FC in the first game of a two game home-and-home series in the first round of the Milk Cup. The offense was in full force on Sunday with Janum Sailor leading the way with a hat trick.
Force FC almost opened up the scoring in the seventh minute when a free kick outside the box beat goalie Hasten Biddlecome and hit the post, however the KZFC defense was able to clear it off the line.
After a back and forth 15 minutes, KZFC started to control the game more and opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute. Nick King put in a dangerous cross that dropped to the feet of Sailor who scored his first goal of the night. Minutes later Sailor scored again on a front post tap in from a corner kick by Cam Sipple.
Force FC answered KZFC with a goal of their own in the twenty-fourth minute when a cross went to the back post and Ryan Goike was able to finish it away. KZFC was quick to counter when they scored just two minutes after. Sipple beat his man down the wing and slotted the ball into the box that was deflected by Sailor and eventually found Jeo Garcia who finished on an open net.
KZFC entered halftime with a comfortable three goal advantage. KZFC finished the half with seven shots, six shots on goal and four corner kicks. Force FC finished with four shots, three shots on goal and zero corner kicks.
Early in the second half Force FC were creating some chances. However, goalkeeper Elijah Michaels made some key point blank saves to keep Force FC scoreless in the second half.
After a quiet 25 minutes into the second half KZFC scored their fifth goal of the night. Josh Robison was able to force a turnover just outside the box and passed it to Sailor who scored his third goal of the night and finished off his hat trick. KZFC added fuel to the fire when they scored once again in the seventy-sixth minute. Local area talent Luke Morrell scored his first goal of the season when he placed a shot passed the goalie from an assist by Yovany Duran.
KZFC won the game by a scoreline of 6-1 in the first leg of two against Force FC in the first round of the Michigan Milk Cup. KZFC finished with 18 shots, 13 shots on goal, six corners and eight saves. Force FC had 12 shots, nine shots on goal, four corner and seven saves.
Janum Sailor was awarded the Man of the Match for his hat trick on the game and the ability to create chances and set up his teammates with great passing.
KZFC will travel to Pontiac, Michigan to face Force FC at 7 p.m. in the second leg on Friday. KZFC has a five goal advantage going into the game and the winner of this first round matchup will be in the semi-finals of the Michigan Milk Cup in June.
For more information about the Milk Cup and the participants visit michiganmilkcup.com.