SeaLions Head East for Desert Rematches!
San Diego SeaLions
June 23, 2016
Photo by Aaron Jaffe
(TUCSON) -- The San Diego SeaLions will travel to Arizona this weekend for a rematch of their season-opening series against Phoenix Del Sol and FC Tucson, and both desert teams are hungry for revenge after losing in San Diego by a combined score of 5-0.
“They’ve made no secret of wanting to avenge those losses,” says San Diego head coach Jen Lalor, whose SeaLions face Tucson tomorrow night, June 24, at 7:30 pm at Tucson’s Kino North Stadium, followed by the match against Phoenixe on Saturday (June 25) at 7:00 pm at Reach 11 Soccer Complex in suburban Phoenix. “But we’ve trained well the past week following a tough match against Pateadores, so I think our players will come together just fine.”
Friday’s game has playoff implications – Tucson (3-2-1) sits top-of-the-table with 10 points, just one point ahead of undefeated San Diego (3-0). The winner will take a commanding position in first place, and only the top team in each division will make the playoffs. San Diego has outscored its opponents 7-1 so far this season, giving SeaLions goalkeeper Kaycee Gunion a Division-leading goals-against average of just 0.33, while Tucson, led by MacKenzie Johnson’s (UTEP) 3 goals and Chelsea Jackson’s (Oklahoma) 2, has scored 11 goals but yielded 9. Winless Phoenix (0-5-0) has been outscored 14-5, but only conceded once in San Diego two weeks ago.
The SeaLions have gotten their goals from seven different players: Leigh Ann Brown (USD/FC KC); Soli Gomez (SDSU); Angelina Hix (MiraCosta); Sam Seiders (SDSU); Maddie Tierney (Xavier); Elise Britt (UCLA) ; and Taleen Taylor (Boston).
“We have the ability, the knowledge and the will to win these games,” added San Diego assistant coach Lu Snyder. “We just need to prove that on the field.”
The game wil be streamed live at 7:30 PM (MST) or tune into the SeaLions Facebook page, or to the ScoreStream mobile app, to track the progress of the matches in real time.