Home advantage for GRFC in national tournament

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the second consecutive season, the United Women’s Soccer National Championship will be decided in metro Grand Rapids.

The league announced Wednesday that Grandville High School will play host to this year’s tournament. Host Grand Rapids FC will play in the semifinals Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the Inferno Rush.

“As a fan, I was there last year. I have to imagine we had almost 2,000 fans there. The place was bouncing,” GRFC head coach James Gilpin said. “To do that again would be amazing. No matter what the game brings out, with the support of the city behind us, we’re sure to put on a good performance.”

“That’s why we come out and play summer league so we can inspire younger players.  It’s awesome,” defender Michaela Kovacs said. “It’s awesome to see all the little kids afterwards.  It means a lot to the community for us to win.” 

The other semifinal, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, pits the Calgary Foothills Women’s FC against the Houston Aces. The winners of the semifinal games meet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for the National Championship matchup.

The Grand Rapids FC women are the defending national champions, having won last year in their inaugural season.

GRFC advanced to the National Championship tournament after defeating the Detroit Sun and Lansing United in last weekend’s Midwest Regional Championship.

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