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California Storm


Director of Operations: Carrie Murphy

Contact the team:
California Storm
Attention: Jerry Zanelli
Address: 4041 American River Dr
Sacramento, CA 95864
Phone: (916) 718-1925
Fax: n/a

Home Jersey: Red
Home Short: Red
Away Jersey: Blue
Away Short: Blue
Will be in Elk Grove 2014

Elk Grove, CA 95757
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Home Games:
Storm vs Nighthawks - Saturday, June 7th
Storm vs Northbay - Sunday, June 8th
Storm vs Utah - Saturday, June 14th
Storm vs Wildkatz - Sunday, June 22nd
Storm vs Primero - Saturday, June 28th
All games begin at 7pm 

About the Team:

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March 8, 2014: The California Storm had a hard fought game against Sacramento State. This was the first preseason game of the Storm. With only 11 players, unity and playing simple were the two ingredients to winning the game. Having no subs meant every player had to be smart about the runs and passes they would make and players also had to keep in mind that their teammates would not be able to make as many runs as usual. California Storm player, Katie Hardeman, had the winning goal in the 17th minute with a shot from about 18 yards away. With only 11 players the Storm did a good job of keeping Sac State in their end of the half majority of the 90 minutes. Sac State had a couple of shots that were dangerous in the second half, but they were not able to capitalize and finish. At the end of the day, the Storm came out as the winning team with a 1-0 victory.

April 6, 2014: The California Storm battled with Santa Clara until the end of the game plus two 15 minute over-time periods on Sunday April 6th. Santa Clara scored early in the first half and were able to keep the advantage for the first half and the majority of the second half. It wasn’t until the 70th minute that Cat Barkenow was able to make a spectacular goal, shooting the ball from 20 yards away, making the game a 1-1 tie. The Storm and the Bronco’s battled to get one more goal to end the game but neither were able to capitalize. In the 30 minutes of the over-time periods both teams had their clear chances but neither were able to put the ball away. It was a great battle and well played soccer by both teams.

April 13, 2014: The California Storm played against Cal Berkeley on Sunday, April 13th. For the majority of the game the game went back and forth between both teams looking for a chance to score the first goal. In the second half California Storm player, Sherifatu, outran two defenders and slid the ball passed the goal for the first score. A few minutes later another Storm player, Katie Hardeman, found the ball at the top of the 18 yard box and saw that the goalie was out of her position. Wisely, Katie chipped the ball over the keeper to make it a 2-0 game. Berkeley did not sit back and accept the situation they were in. They came back and scored a goal making it a close 2-1 game. Soon after, Storm keeper, Ashley Luis, was able to make a save but there weren’t any defenders to clear the ball which enabled Berkeley’s forward to put the ball in the back of the net with 38 seconds left in the game. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.


About the Coaching:

The California Storm coach is Jerry Zanelli, he has led the League since it started 22 years ago. 


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Type of Players:

The California Storm welcomes back returning players. Forty six year old, Brazilian star, Sissi (named the 3rd best women’s soccer player to play the game by FIFA), continues to play at the highest level. Sissi has been an incredible asset to the California Storm for the past ten years. Katie McCoy Hardeman, a Sacramento State standout, has been on the Storm for 6 years (?-Check). She has developed into a team leader and a solid soccer player. Meghan Maiwald returns as the Storm goalkeeper. Last year, Maiwald won the gold medal with the United States Deaf Soccer Team. Rachael Ritchey, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Tracy Hamm, a graduate of UC Berkeley and coach of Santa Rosa City College, will anchor as the team’s backline. Angie Martinez has been a long time player in the WPSL. Other returning players are Sacramento State graduates, Falicia Novoa, Maggie Murphy, Lisa Wrightsman, Vicki Ramirez, and Tiffany Fraser. Caroline Grecco, from Sonoma State, and Cat Barnekow will join the team again this year. 
Newcomers include Karissa Garcia from Pepperdine University, Marisha Schumacher-Hodge, current assistant coach at Sac State. The team will also welcome an influx of college players starting May 1st. The Storm also has commitments from Cara and Lauren Curtin (Sonoma State), Mariah Cameron (Washington State), Kelsey Dickerson (UC Berkeley), Hannah Diaz, (Saint Mary’s College), Maddy Schiffel (University of San Francisco), Casi Lynch (Saint Mary’s College), and Hannah Farr (Stanford).

Local Colleges:

Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, Stanford, San Jose State, Fresno State, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara, CSU Hayward, U of Pacific, Sonoma State, UC Davis, UNLV, Univ. of San Francisco, Pepperdine, Cal State Stanislaus, and Nevada/Reno.

Player Tryouts:

Please contact Jerry Zanelli (Head Coach) about trying out! or (916) 487-3512