Costa Papista, with Andy Wagstaff, Zoë Hudson, and Ashley Barron of Flint City AFC Women's Soccer
April 5, 2022
If Costa Papista is in the house it means the weather is getting warmer, and it’s time for the Flint City Bucks to take the turf at Atwood Stadium. Fish and The Flint Chronicles have been huge supporters of the Bucks since they hit the scene in 2019. That inaugural season led to one of the coolest athletic events in the storied history of Flint sports, and Atwood Stadium - a National Championship for Flint and the Bucks! Playing before nearly 8000 screaming fans, equipped with vuvuzelas and cowbells, and the raucous Flint River Rats fan section the place was rocking!
Then Covid intervened and the stadium was empty for almost two seasons. That included some really bad luck with the weather, too. But the Bucks played on and in the end they survived the storm and are returning to Atwood for their fourth season. To discuss the club we invited head coach Andy Wagstaff to join us. But that’s not all.
This is the inaugural season for the Flint City AFC women’s club. The is quite appropriate given Flint’s leadership in the state with women soccer for half a century. The Flint Community Schools program along with the CANUSA and Flint Olympian Games helped populate many a stellar girls roster in Flint. Many of those stars went on to collegiate fame as well. The coach of the Michigan State University women’s soccer side for many years was Flintstone coaching legend Tom Saxton.
Flint is the logical choice to have a women’s squad too because not only did the Vehicle City field terrific school and CANUSA teams there were also superb travel squads too, led by pioneering squads like The Strikers coached by the late Ken Cole, and displaying some of the top talent in Michigan as far back as the early 80’s
So it was only appropriate that we invite two of the stars of this inaugural Flint AFC team to join us in the Aquarium as well. So we’re thrilled to introduce Flint and Genesee County to Zoë Hudson and Ashley Barron, two of the top young women in American soccer.
It’s time to kick it around with Fish and Flint Chronicles!