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Western Playoff Weekend Preview
Location: Redondo Union High School, 1 Sea Hawk Way Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Game 1: Beach Futbol Club vs. North Bay Wave, Kickoff @ 2:45PM*
Game 2: California Storm vs. Northwest Division Winner, Kickoff @ 5:45PM*
July 20-Consolation and Regional Final Matches
Location: Redondo Union High School, 1 Sea Hawk Way Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Consolation Match, Kickoff @ 12:00PM*
Final: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, Kickoff @ 3:00PM*
*All game times PST
Four West coast teams will be facing off this weekend for a chance to clinch a spot in the WPSL Championship weekend, set for July 26-27 in Maryland.
Beach Futbol Club reaches the playoffs undefeated in the Pacific-South Division. They played 12 season games, winning every single one. The team finished six points above second-placed LA Premier FC, and clinched the top spot in the division before their last season game. Beach will face North Bay Wave.
Beach Head Coach Mauricio Ingrassia said that their perfect season is great, but that Beach is ready to battle to the final four, and hopefully, the WPSL Championship.
"We are ecstatic to have had the season we've had up to now, but know there is still work ahead,” Ingrassia said. “Our players are committed to seeing this through. We are a very young franchise as this is only our third season, but have learned a lot each year. We will continue to take things one game at a time, with an eye on the big prize."
California Storm also had an undefeated streak, but could not hold on to it. Storm stumbled to a 0-2 loss at North Bay Wave in their last season game, giving them their first loss of the season. Storm will face the Northwest division champion in the semifinals.
Storm Head Coach Jerry Zanelli knows the playoffs well, but hopes that this year Storm’s season extends beyond regionals.
“We’re excited to be back to our third straight regional playoff and hope to make it to the final four this year.”
North Bay Wave is in the playoffs after battling their way into second place in the Pacific-North division. Wave finished just one point behind Storm, having defeated them in their last season game. Storm had one less loss than North Bay, which gave the Sacramento team the top spot.
In the Northwest, the top spot is still to be determined, as there was one crucial game left to play between AC Seattle and Issaquah Soccer Club, and another between Issaquah and Portland. AC Seattle has 21 points, but Issaquah could possibly tie the division. The Northwest division champion should be determined soon.
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California Storm 3, West Coast Wildkatz 1
June 22, 2014
Storm continues undefeated streak in WPSL 2014 Season
California Storm charged to another victory against the West Coast Wildkatz, and continues to sit atop the Pacific-North Division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
It was a tense start to the game, as both teams traded possession back and forth, but neither creating any goal-scoring opportunities. The Wildkatz also had to deal with an early injury to their keeper, and a field player had to go into the Wildkatz goal in her place.
The Storm defense did a good job recovering possession from the Wildkatz, but the Storm offensive line could not break up into the Wildkatz goal box. Finally, in the last 15 minutes of the first half, Storm began creating chances, and a goal seemed to be near.
Four minutes into stoppage time, Storm finally converted one of their many chances. Sissi crossed in a corner from the right and Carolyn Greco nodded it in to put Storm ahead 1-0 going into halftime.
Storm came out hungry for more goals in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Storm’s Ana Sola broke away from the Wildkatz defense, and ran past the keeper to put an excellent through ball for Katie Dry, who calmly tapped it in.
Ten minutes later, Marisha Schumacher-Hodge broke past the Wildkatz’s defensive line, went one-on-one with the keeper and slotted the ball past her, putting Storm up 3-0.
Adaurie Dayek pulled one back for the Wildkatz, after the Storm defense failed to clear the ball and keeper Ashley Luis couldn’t get a hand on it. The game ended 3-1, in favor of Storm.
With her goal, Dry is tied for top goal scorer of the WPSL Pacific-North Division, with three goals this season.
Storm looks ready to advance to the play-offs, but they still have three regular season games left. Their last home will be Saturday June 28, when they take on Sacramento rival Primero de Mayo. Kick-off set for 7PM at Elk Grove High School.
Scoring Summary: Carolyn Greco (Sissi) 49, Katie Dry (Ana Sola) 53, Marisha Schumacher-Hodge 63
California Storm 3, Real Salt Lake Women’s Soccer 0
June 14, 2014
California Storm defeat Real Salt Lake Women 3-0 in second weekend contest.
California Storm took the full three points in their second game against Real Salt Lake Women this weekend, as they put three goals past the Utah team. Storm came out looking for a goal early on in the game, staying in Real’s defensive third in the first part of the game. Storm had a number of fantastic shots, but Real’s excellent goalkeeper Rebecca Ritchie kept the score at zero.
After the Storm’s initial attack, the game slowed down. Storm played calmly, trying to make spaces and runs up the sidelines. Storm and Real traded possession back and forth for a while, but Storm slowly regained control of the game. Once again, Real’s defense had to deflect a barrage of Storm’s shots.
In the 25th, after many shots on target, Storm went up 1-0. Kory Lamet crossed in a ball from the right, and Marisha Schumacher-Hodge tapped in near the back post. Storm continued to attack, and in the last minute of stoppage time, Arianna Calderon slotted a ball through to Felicia Novoa, who shot straight past Ritchie to put Storm up by 2. The game went into halftime 2-0.
Almost immediately after the second half resumed, Storm scored again. In the 48th minute, Katie Hardeman scored the second goal for Storm, tapping in a goal line cross from Sissi. In the 55th minute, Ariana Calderon almost made it 3-0 for Storm, but an excellent save from GK Rebecca Ritchie sent her shot over the crossbar. Shortly after, Storm’s Lamet once again attacked Real’s goal box with a shot that was pushed right by Ritchie.
Real continued to look for a goal, but Storm’s solid backline prevented them from creating any real danger. Both teams kept attacking and in the 82nd minute, Storm almost went up by 4, after Schumacher-Hodge had a shot on target. Her shot was deflected by Real’s backline, and Lamet’s rebound hit the goalpost and rolled out of bounds. Hardeman also had an opportunity to score again for Storm near the end of the game, but her shot was pushed out by Real’s goalkeeper.
With a 3-0 win over Real, Storm racks up four consecutive shutouts and continues to sit atop the Pacific-North Division in the WPSL. Storm is currently undefeated in their division, with four wins and two ties. Storm’s next game is on Sunday, June 22, when they’ll take on the West Coast Wildkatz. The game will be at Elk Grove High School, with a 7PM kick-off time.
Scoring Summary: CA Storm-Marisha Schumacher-Hodge (Kory Lamet) Katie Hardeman 25, Felicia Novoa (Arianna Calderon) 45+, Katie Hardeman (Sissi) 48
Misconduct Summary: RSLWS-Ashley Milliron (caution) 62
California Storm 0, Real Salt Lake Women’s Soccer 0
June 13, 2014
California Storm and Real Salt Lake Women first game of the weekend ends in goalless draw.
There was a lot of back forth action early in the game, as California Storm and Real Salt Lake Women both fought hard for possession. Neither team gained complete control in the beginning, but slowly, Storm began to dominate possession.
About halfway into the first half, Mireya Wathen-Mayorga sent in a great cross to Marisha Schumacher-Hodge, but she couldn’t get her foot on it for a shot.
With just 15 minutes left till halftime, the referee awarded a penalty after a Storm player was taken down in the 12-yard box. Storm looked ready to take the lead, but the penalty shot was deflected by Real goalkeeper Rebecca Ritchie, and the ball was cleared by the Real backline. The game was 0-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Storm once again dominated possession but could not find the goal. In the 58th minute, Marcia Silva sent a great ball into the 6-yard box, but it was cleared by the Real backline before any Storm player could get to it.
Storm continued to hold control of the game, but could not find the back of the net to take the lead. Real responded when Ashley Milliron tried to get her team on the scoreboard with a blazing shot, but she sent it over the crossbar.
The game began to heat up as both teams became frustrated with the deadlock. Storm’s Katie Hardeman was taken down by Real’s defense with just five minutes remaining on the clock, but the free kick did not produce anything for Storm. Real launched a string of attack’s, but Storm’s backline absorbed them, and the game ended in a 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), Casi Lynch (Saint Marys), Kory Lemet (UC Berkeley), and Samanta Wittiman (UC Berkely).
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