L.A.'s Coming: SeaLions Seek to Claim 1st Place!

July 7, 2016

(SAN DIEGO) – With wins at home this weekend over Los Angeles rivals F.C. Pacific and L.A. Salsa, the unbeaten San Diego SeaLions (5-0-1) will move into sole possession of first place in the WPSL PacSouth Division. And that means the driver’s seat for the PacSouth’s single 2016 playoff spot.

“We’ve see-sawed between first and second place all season,” says San Diego head coach Jen Lalor. “The team has worked hard, and moving to the top will be a tangible reward for that.”

The SeaLions have been trading places with F.C. Tucson, but have played three fewer matches. Tucson (5-2-2) will finish its seasonon Saturday  and at best can finish with six wins and 20 points. Meanwhile, two wins for San Diego will give the SeaLions seven wins and 22 points.

“We want to win right now,” Lalor adds, “then finish strong to gain momentum for the playoffs. But nothing’s take for granted – we’re in a tough group of teams!”

Underscoring Lalor’s point isSaturday  night’s opponent, F.C. Pacific (2-4-1). They drew 1-1 against first-place Tucson, but then lost 3-1 last week to Pateadores, whom the SeaLions beat twice. Nicole Nolen (USC) has scored three of the team’s eight goals, and Pacific have yielded just six goals their last five matches behind former USWNT U-20 goalkeeper Cat Parkhill (Minn).

 

Meanwhile third place L.A. Salsa (4-2-0) refuse to drop out of playoff contention. They’ve scored 11 goals while conceding the same, behind Natalia Ledezma (UCLA)’s 5 goals, and an end-of-season winning streak by them would leave the SeaLions no room for error.

“Complacency is not an option,” notes San Diego assistant coach Lu Snyder. “Our rivals are waiting to pounce on any lapse, so we need to stay focused and play to our capabilities. If we do that, we can win any game we play.”

The SeaLions have outscored their opponents 13-3 so far this season, with 10 different players finding the net. Angelina Hix (Mira Costa College) and Elise Britt (UCLA) lead with four goals and two goals, respectively.

But it’s San Diego’s stifling defense that has been especially noteworthy. Goalkeeper Kaycee Gunion (CSU-San Marcos) and the SeaLion back line of Grace Shevlin (SDSU), Leigh Ann Brown (USD), Caroline Shevlin (St. Mary’s), and Karina Cisneros (Chapman) boast the WPSL’s lowest shots-on-goal-per-game average and sixth-best goals-against average.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 7:30 pm Sunday’s 3:30 pm .

The first 500 fans through the gates Saturday  will receive a SeaLions Soccer Sling Bag, courtesy of BAKER ELECTRIC SOLAR (www.bakerelectricsolar.com). For more than 78 years, Baker Electric has built its solid reputation on extraordinary ethics, trust and a passion for excellence in delivering premium products and services to our customers. Sunday’s  game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.  Catering both matches for the 1st time will be INSLIDERS FOOD TRUCK (www.theinslidersd.com), San Diego’s hottest food truck addiction, serving gourmet beef sliders and sides.

SeaLions home games are played at Manchester Stadium on the campus of Cathedral High School, 5555 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130. Tickets are still available at www.sealion soccer.com/tickets or at the gate. Adults $7, Youth $5.

The San Diego WFC SeaLions are a non-profit 501c3 entity dedicated to fostering women's soccer coaching, playing, and business management opportunities. It is one of the oldest and most successful women’s soccer clubs in the United States and is a charter member of the WPSL

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