Rapid City FC Makes History Again

by Louis Stephens III



Grand Rapids, MI – On Saturday February 11th, 2023, Rapid City Football Club (RCFC) made history at home against Detroit Waza in Major League Indoor Soccer (MLIS). They were crowned the highest scoring team in a single game, as they dominated their instate rival.

During the first thirteen minutes of play, Rapid City saw five different scorers get on the board. It wasn’t until thirty seconds remaining in the quarter that they saw Detroit Waza get on the board after a turnover from Rapid City.

Through the first two minutes, both teams played with high intensity. Elmedin Zukic added to the lead making the score 6-1, but off the kick-off RCFC let their guard down and allowed Waza to score on a counterattack goal.

After RCFC let in two goals within three minutes, they finally started to impose their will on Waza on the offensive side of the ball. In the span of eleven minutes, Rapid City saw Jerman Juarez, Alexis Mendez, and Nermin Crnkic complete their hat trick to end the half. The score at halftime was 15-2.

It did not take much time into the third quarter for Rapid City to get on the board again, as we saw Elmedin complete his hat trick within the first two minutes. RCFC continued their onslaught of goals as they blanked Waza in the third quarter. At the conclusion of the third, we had put six goals past Waza making the score 21-2.

 “Throughout the week we spoke about paying attention to detail regarding our defensive assignments. If you focus defensively, it will ignite our offense”, said Head Coach Louis Stephens. “The guys were hungry tonight. It seemed like the goal mouth was as big as Lake Michigan, the more shots we got off the more confidence we gained.”

To open the fourth quarter, we saw Detroit score a beautiful wonder goal to the top corner, but that did not stop Rapid City from continuing their offensive prowess during the fourth quarter. With just over nine minutes remaining in the game, we saw Daire O’Riordan complete his hat trick, along with scoring the historic twenty-fifth goal of the game to break the previous record.  We also saw Alexis (6), Nermin, and Elmedin put five goals in the back of the net for the game. The final score was 27-4.

Alexis Mendez (Player of the Match) spoke briefly about making history and achieving greatness through amazing team chemistry. “We are here to compete for that championship, and for it to be our first year in the league, we want to break records.”

Rapid City FC return to action this weekend in a big home game against Cleveland Crunch this Saturday February 18, 2023, at MSA Sports Spot. Game time is set for 6:30pm. Tickets are available at www.rapidcityfc.com/tickets.