SeaLions Clinch 1st Place Playoff Seed!

July 13, 2016

 

(SAN DIEGO) – The unbeaten San Diego SeaLions (7-0-1) clinched first place in the WPSL PacSouth Division and, more importantly, a spot in the 2016 playoffs, beating FC Pacific 3-0 this past Saturday , before ending ill-tempered L.A. Salsa’s postseason hopes with a 5-1 Sunday afternoon drubbing.

 

The latter match was marred by three straight-red cards in the 85th minute, including one each to L.A. Salsa’s Ashley Webb (CSULB) and Brooke Collard (Wheaton) for starting a fight with San Diego’s Amy Alber (CSU San Marcos) after a series of chippy yellow-card tackles by the visitors.

“As they saw their season slipping away, I think the L.A. Salsa players got very frustrated and didn’t know how to channel that energy,” says SeaLions’ assistant coach Lu Snyder. “At some point you just have to stop taking it. But I think we did a good job of staying focused until the very end. Then we responded as a team.”

SeaLion Angelina Hix (Mira Costa College) notched three goals on the weekend, including two against Salsa, bringing her team-leading season tally to seven. Elise Britt (UCLA) added two  on Sunday, and Rosie Tantillo-Colon (USC) returned to form with a goal in each match. Cassie Callahan (UCSD) added her first goal of the season Saturday ;night to clinch the victory over FC Pacific. The SeaLions have outscored opponents 21-4 this season, with 12 different players finding the net.

Meanwhile San Diego’s defense showed that its statistical stinginess is not a fluke. 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) have given up just four goals in eight matches, for a 0.5 goals-against average (tied for sixth in the WPSL), and boast the WPSL’s lowest shots-on-goal-per-game average.

“Now it’s important that we focus and hit our peak form as we move to the playoffs,” added San Diego head coach Jen Lalor. “This next weekend will be a test for us mentally and physically, and that’s good preparation for the post-season.”

It won’t be easy. The SeaLions travel to Los Angeles this weekend for rematches with both FC Pacific (2-6-1) and L.A. Salsa (3-5-0), to close out the regular season, and it’s expected that L.A. Salsa will be seeking revenge for its embarrassing performance. With the loss on Sunday, Salsa has conceded 16 goals in its last four matches, while scoring just four.

Saturday’s match against FC Pacific kicks off at  5:00 pm at Tesoro High School Stadium, 1 Tesoro Creek Road, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688; Sunday’s game is scheduled to start at 4:00 pm at St. John Bosco High School field, 13640 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706.

Both matches will be streamed live on the ScoreStream App and on the SeaLions’ Facebook page!

The San Diego SeaLions (www.SeaLionSoccer.com) are a non-profit 501c3 entity dedicated to fostering women's soccer coaching, playing, and business management opportunities. It’s one of the oldest and most successful women’s soccer clubs in the USA and is a charter member of the 100-team WPSL. The SeaLions play their home matches at Manchester Stadium on the campus of Cathedral High School, 5555 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130.

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