LA Strikers FC 2 – Pali Blues SC 0
Most soccer fans in SoCal would believe that the Strikers dreamed that caption the night before their match against the storied Pali Blues. However, it wasn’t a dream; it actually happened on 5/18 in front of a sizable crowd at Palisades High.
The Strikers’ determined squad, led by new head coach Tracey Kevins, took the field knowing that Pali had only been beaten in their home stadium once in the last six years, but they came out swinging with a quick offense and stingy defense. The Strikers drew first blood at 33’ when Jaime Bell scored on an assist from Kristy Krohn – both veterans from last year. The second goal came from LeAndra Walker (unassisted) in the 80’ from over 20 yards into the top left corner. The Strikers defense, led by team captain Shanna Hudson and goalie Ryan Torrero along with incredible efforts by Rachel Daly, kept the Blues scoreless throughout the game.
Catching up with Coach Kevins, we got the following quote: “We are very much a work in progress. Tonight is just another step in our journey. The players have demonstrated all through pre-season that hard work is the key to our success. We now move onto our next game in Seattle and it is important that we build on this performance to continue our good start.”
Next up: Seattle Sounders at Starfire Stadium. Check the USL website for the time of the U-Nation broadcast.
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