Jun 11, 2023

Undefeated Minnesota Aurora Wins 3-1 Over Chicago City SC, Top of the Heartland Division


CHICAGO – In rough weather conditions, Minnesota Aurora scored three goals in the first half to win 3-1 over second place Chicago City SC on Sunday to remain at the top of the Heartland Division on Sunday June 11 to move Aurora to 6-0 on the season.

Head Coach Nicole Lukic started defender Makenzie Langdok in a midfield role this match, and the move paid off when Langdok scored the opening goal in the 20th minute.

Abby Oestrem served the ball into the 18-yard box off of a free kick, and the pass bounced around before Langdok finished it off. With three goals, Langdok leads Aurora in all-time goals scored against Chicago City SC.

After Langdok’s goal, Aurora was fast off the restart. Mariah Nguyen and Maya Hansen combined a quick string of passes to cut through Chicago’s defense, and Nguyen’s goal doubled Minnesota’s lead to 2-0.

“We had some of our best moments of the season today,” said Head Coach Nicole Lukic. “Chicago City played a good match and forced us to be better. It was fun to watch our creativity in the final third. It was a good team win.”

In the 34th minute, Chicago City responded with a goal of their own. Carol Soto crossed from deep down the right sideline to find the head of Sophia Jamie to make the score 2-1.

Minnesota Aurora closed out the half 3-1 with a 45th minute goal from Hannah Adler. Cat Rapp forced Chicago City’s goalkeeper Molly Vapensky to cut down Rapp’s angle for a shot, freeing up Adler at the far right post. Alder now has six goals this season and is tied with Maya Hansen for first on the team.

Cat Rapp was shaken up on the goal-scoring play, and Vienna Behnke came in for Rapp during a half time substitution.

“I’m very proud of our group, I think we showed extremely well as a team today. We were patient in the attack and organized in our press,” said co-captain and Star of the

Game Makenzie Langdok. “It’s always tough to travel and adjust to a new field and atmosphere, so it feels great to come away with the three points against a good team.”

Minnesota Aurora is back in action at TCO Stadium against Green Bay Glory on June 14 at 7p.m. Schedule and ticket information can be found at Home matches are aired on Fox 9+.