Rapids Men and Women defeated by the Americans

The Columbus Rapids were coming off a big matchup with the Rome Gladiators, which saw the Rapids Men’s team get their first win of the season, as they traveled to Memphis to take on the Americans yet again. The Rapids Men fell to the Americans in a 6-3 defeat while the Women’s team was also defeated 7-3.

Both teams were 0-3 against the Americans in their respective divisions, with the Men’s team being outscored 21-4 in those matchups and the Women’s team being outscored 17-8. 

The Men’s team was first on the pitch, looking to win two matches in a row. The Americans scored first, on a goal from Giovannia Alvarado late in the first quarter, but the Rapids responded quickly with a Clayton Adams goal early in the second to tie it up.

The tie would not last long, with the Memphis attack exploding for five unanswered goals between the second and fourth quarter. Two of these came from leading scorer Djorde Djordevic.

The Rapids finally got on the board again with two late fourth quarter goals from Stephen McIntosh and Brandon Cervantes but the result was almost certain at that point, with the Rapids losing 6-3.

The Women’s team was up next, coming off of a tough loss to the Gladiators in which the Rapids led 2-1 before allowing three unanswered goals. 

The Americans right from kickoff, scoring five unanswered goals to start the game, each one coming from a different player. Tanya Crehan, Kristen Sparks, Jennifer Osmond, Ashlynn Jones and Kelsey Keown all got on the board in the first three quarters. Stacie Murray-Owers and Bailey Tadlock each assisted on two of the goals.

The Rapids finally got on their first score of the afternoon with a penalty kick from leading scorer Olivia Jarrell with 1:38 remaining. Jarrell would also assist on the Rapids next goal from Martina Niekrasas to make it 5-2 with just over 11 minutes remaining. 

The Americans would end this scoring run with goals from Murray-Owers and Osmond’s second to give Memphis a 7-2 lead. The Rapids would score one final goal with 48 seconds remaining to give them the final score of 7-3.

The full broadcast of this match is available in its entirety on the NISL Youtube Channel.

The Rapids will have a long break before a February 10 return to the Columbus Civic Center to take on the Fury. Tickets for that match are available here and season tickets are still on sale here.

ABOUT NATIONAL INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE (NISL): 

The National Indoor Soccer League, which has its league office in Georgia, was founded in January 2021 by a group of experienced sports team/league owners with over 40 years of ownership experience. The NISL has plans to grow the league nationally within the next three years and will kick off its inaugural season in December 2021. The league will operate a Men's & Women's division with each market fielding both teams. Fans will be able to watch a men’s and women’s game each gameday.  For more information, go to nislpro.com.