WPSL Action – Torch FC Ladies unbeaten at home

Women’s Torch FC (5-1-2) earn six more points at home beating Philly fever 5-2 on Wednesday evening and 1-0 against a strong Lehigh Valley Tempest side.   

Coach Richie Sparling said after the win, “The girls had more confidence on ball and played better tonight than this past weekend. We are confident in our formation as long as we continue to play hard we will win games.”

Philly Fever Game Report

Torch FC had control of the match and at times looked strong on the ball creating more chances for shots on goal than Philly Fever. The first goal for the Torch FC ladies came early the game by Sierra Beal. Philly Fever responded well after going down 1-0 and had some nice opportunities in front of the net. Eventually in the 31’ Fever tied it up to a 1-1 score.  

Not long after, Caitlyn Hayes scored to make it a 2-1 and Erin Stevenson hit a beautiful shot outside the box to lead Torch FC into the half up 3-1. 

The final score of the game was 5-2 for the Torch FC Ladies.

After a tough away weekend it was good to be back at Pennridge High School and get a win. Caitlyn Hayes said after the game, “We just listened to Coach Richie during training and we put into practice the things that he instilled in us, and we didn’t do that last two games. ”

Torch FC midfielder Sierra Beal said, “We focused on working better together as a team moving the ball and just unifying us in practice yesterday, it really helped us get back. As long as we continue to play together and play our soccer we will do well”

The Torch FC ladies now are in 2nd place in the WPSL standings. Note: The top team in the division will go to the playoffs. The ladies need to secure a win on July 8th rematch against the number 1 Penn Fusion side.

Next match against Hershey FC is on Sunday June 25th at 3PM.

Goals: BT – Sierra Beal, Caitlyn Hayes, Erin Stevenson, Gabrielle Farrell

Final: Philly Fever 2  x  Torch FC 5

Final: LV Tempest 0 x Torch FC 1

Goals: BT – Gabrielle Farrell

For more information on match reports, contact Torch Sports Ministry, Marketing and Media Relations at torch@torchsportsministry.org

 

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BuxMont Torch FC women’s team play in the pro/am Women’s Premier Soccer League. Home games are played at Pennridge High School Stadium in Perkasie, PA and has a capacity of 2,000 spectators. Players are encouraged to use the platform of sports to share about their faith after matches and summer soccer camps.

Torch Sports Ministry is “IGNITING A GLOBAL PASSION FOR SPORT MINISTRY.”

Richie Sparling Former Defender to become the Women’s Head Coach

Richie Sparling has agreed to become the new Women’s Head coach for the Torch FC 2017 season. Torch FC Women’s Team will be competing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League also known as the WPSL, playing 12 games. Players are set to report May 15th for training.

“Richie is an excellent soccer tactician and has a solid grasp of the ministry aspect. He grew up with the game and grew up in sports ministry. We are grateful he has accepted this role and anticipate a very successful women’s program,” said Torch Sports Ministry president, Rich Sparling.

A natural athlete with speed and an aggressive style of play, Richie was a 4 year starter at Cairn University. He grew up watching his father and mother coach, so it seems a natural step. His experience will serve him well. He was the assistant to Head Coach Clay Roberts in the Torch Women’s inaugural year (2009) and then (2010) served in the same capacity under his father. After playing on the first Torch men’s team 2011, he transitioned to the men’s program where he assisted then Head Coach, Daniel Byrd (2012 and 2013). Following his marriage, Richie and his wife (Gabrielle) spent a year in Costa Rica preparing to serve as missionaries in the Dominican Republic where they were for the last 2 years.

For more information contact Torch Sports Ministry, Marketing and Media Relations at marketing@torchsportsministry.org.

2017 Schedule Release

Torch Sports Ministry announced Saturday, March 11th the release of the 2017 schedules. Torch FC men’s team will open up the season by visiting Junior Lone Star on Saturday May 20th, at 4PM. The away game will be played at Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School, 403 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA. The following month, Torch FC Men’s team will play 5 home games, and fans will be treated with back-to-back games. This year three doubleheaders will be played at Penn Ridge High School.

Torch FC home opener on Sunday, June 4th.

Women’s: Empire CNY, Sunday, 2:00PM

Men: GBFC, Sunday, 4:30PM

Doubleheader Saturday, June 17th

Women’s: Lehigh Valley Tempest, Saturday, 3:00PM

Men: Hershey FC, Saturday, 6:00PM

Doubleheader Sunday, June 25th

Women’s: Hershey FC, Sunday 3:00PM

Men: West Chester, Sunday, 6:00PM

Men’s Schedule

 

Women’s Schedule

BuxMont Torch FC announces tryouts on April 22

BuxMont Torch FC announced in January that the club will be holding NPSL and WPSL tryouts on Saturday April 22 at Pennridge High School stadium, 1228 N. Fifth Street, Perkasie, PA, starting at 11:30 a.m. BuxMont Torch FC head coach Rich Sparling will be joined by Torch Sports Ministry staff and coaches. The tryout will also be opened to the media and public.

The tryout will feature NPSL & WPSL pace small-sided drills, a free lunch, scrimmages and instructions about final rosters spots. This event registration fee will be $50 and will help cover Under Armour long sleeved tee, secondary health insurance and administration fees.

All interested players must register at www.buxmonthtorch.com/player-application by March 31st to reserve your t-shirt size. Along with registration, all participants will have to check-in with staff on the day of the event beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Select roster spots will be offered to players to join the BuxMont Torch FC.

About BuxMont Torch FC

BuxMont Torch FC men’s team play in the National Premier Soccer League which is ProAm and is the 4th tier of USA men’s soccer. The women compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League which also is ProAm and is the 2nd tier of USA women’s soccer.

Home games are played at Pennridge High School Stadium in Perkasie, PA that has a capacity of 2,000 spectators. Players are encouraged to use the platform of sports to share about their faith after matches and summer soccer camps.

Torch Sports Ministry is a ministry that was established during the summer of 2009 which utilizes sport as a means to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to disciple and train sports ministers. We are a ministry of CrossWorld and partners with Push the Rock and are located in Upper Bucks-Montgomery-Lehigh Counties, PA.