WPSL PacSouth Conference Update
The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is an independent highly competitive national women’s soccer league — in fact, it is the largest women’s soccer league in the world. As the 2017 WPSL season is approaching playoffs, SoccerToday is taking a look at the top women’s clubs competing in each WPSL region.
WPSL Soccer News: The 2017 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season has now entered the final stretch of the 2017 women’s soccer season with playoffs kicking off this weekend. Led by WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli, the WPSL is well known for providing high-quality soccer for thousands of women across America.
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Boasting the highest number of women owners in any amateur sports league, the WPSL is dedicated to growing the women’s game in the USA and creating opportunities for women to be successful.
WPSL PACSOUTH ACTION RECAP:
One of the most competitive areas of women’s soccer is the West Coast. The PacSouth sees the San Diego SeaLions prepare for another run at the WPSL Championships after falling in the final last season. Following an undefeated run in the regular season, the SeaLions have been selected to co-host the WPSL Playoffs this season.
|San Diego SeaLions||10||9||0||1||37||6||31||28|
|FC Tucson Women||10||4||3||3||14||12||2||15|
|Phoenix Del Sol||10||2||5||3||13||20||-7||9|
|LA Galaxy San Diego||9||1||2||6||9||19||-10||9|
|Strikers FC-South Coast||9||1||4||4||8||14||-6||7|
LA Galaxy San Diego competed in its first season in the WPSL as the team looks ahead following a promising year that saw the club record six draws.
“This is our first season in the league and it has been a pleasure to be a part of it,” said LA Galaxy San Diego assistant coach Courtney Drummond. “The Coastal Conference is very competitive and provided some great matches. We are very fortunate to have a cross-town rival against the dominant San Diego SeaLions.
A highlight of the club’s inaugural season was versus local rival San Diego SeaLions.
“It was great to see our younger players within the club get out there and battle with such an experienced team,” said Drummond. “The match against them at home was very special as we honored the military and it proved to be a very competitive match in front of a 600+ crowd.”
Drummond highlights Kayleigh Webb for her efforts in the midfield with her making an impact in every game. Webb has a bright future ahead of her as she goes into her senior year of high school and inaugural year of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. She will continue her growth before she leaves to play at the University of Colorado.
Second place FC Tucson Women stepped up to the challenge in 2017 and will spend the offseason preparing for the future. The squad showed tremendous character throughout the campaign and came from behind three times to win or tie games in the second half.
“The Sealions are worthy champions of the PacSouth,” said Amy Garelick, FC Tucson Women head coach. “They are as good a team as we’ve seen in the WPSL. We appreciate their passion and commitment. Also we are extremely grateful to FC Tucson and their managing partners for giving this team the opportunity to participate in the WPSL.”
Garelick is pleased with her team’s performance despite the club’s season coming to an end.
“We defended well over the season, conceding just 12 goals over ten games, but lacked the punch offensively to seriously challenge for the lone playoff spot,” said Garelick. “Finishing second in our tough region is no disgrace. Our outstanding individual performers were central defender Brooke Denesik, midfielders Jessica Hix and Sarah Adams, and forward Paige Maggio who led the team with four goals and two assists.”
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