The Gryphons kicked off their home opener of their inaugural season on Saturday to a very tough Grand Rapids F.C. After a hard fought match, the Gryphons were handed a 1-0 loss. Coached by Junama Pons, the Gryphons competed with a compilation of young players and college players. Most of whom are home grown from the Fort Wayne United FC youth program. “It was a tough battle. We competed and although we did not possess the ball as much as we liked, we could have come away with a tie. I was happy with the girls, it will take some time as I am getting to know them” Coach Pons stated.
On Sunday, the Gryphons took on Indy Premier and were able to come away with a 1-0 win on a goal from 13-year old phenom, Amelia White. Playing in her second United Womens League game, Amelia is the youngest player in the league. “Amelia is special, she possesses a presence that can change the game at any moment, she is very young but I believe with opportunities such as these games will only help to improve. She is dangerous!” Coach Pons stated. Following Sunday's performance, Amelia has been named to UWS Team of the Week for Week 3.
The Gryphons played very well and had a solid performance from, who Coach Pons believes is our best player at the moment, Hannah Tillet, “She is very good on the ball, has the determination and desire for this game, and controls the game and the tempo. She can make things happen at any given moment” he said.
Hannah, a junior from Huntington High School, has verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State University and currently plays for the FW United U18 Girls Academy Team, which will compete in the State Cup Finals June 2-3.
The Gryphons are training this week and preparing for the next game on June 7th in Fort Wayne at the Warrior Stadium on the campus of Indiana Tech University.