'Frustrating' loss for TSA FC
Despite opportunities, local women's soccer falls to national champs
An improved but still tentative TSA FC side lost to defending soccer champions San Diego Sealions on Saturday afternoon at Kino North Stadium by a score of 2–0.
“It’s frustrating, frustrating for all of us,” said team captain Kelly Kearns. “We’ve had an issue with finishing all season.”
The team went down early in the first half with a goal from the Elissa Magracia, who also plays for the University of San Diego. TSA had a chance to tie it up with a penalty kick late in the first half, but it went over the cross bar and the team was left to go into half time a goal down.
Hannah Keane extended the Sealions’ lead early in the second half. TSA FC had chances despite San Diego’s bigger defenders. Two corner kicks awarded to the local women that could have been chances traveled harmlessly through the box. The match ended 2–0. It was the second defeat at the hands of the Sealions in as many seasons. The Sealions knocked TSA FC out of the playoffs last year.
It was, as Kearns said, a frustrating loss, but still not as bad as earlier 5–1 and 6–1 losses to Southern California teams earlier this season, said coach Amy Gorelick.
“Goal keeping was huge for us. Laura Demers kept us in the game,” she said about the University of New Mexico keeper who has played the last two matches. “That change, and when you play in your home stadium, that helps. That adjustment has helped us.”
“We had three corners in the second half, and two balls went untouched by us,” she said. “That’s not acceptable … so many of our shots are 35 yards out. Those are half-chances.”
The team doesn’t have much time to make their adjustments. On Sunday, they take on a tough Beach FC side at Kino North Stadium at 10:30 a.m. Beach FC are number one on the conference and have won every one of their seven matches so far, including a 5–1 win over TSA FC on May 18.