SA Women’s Soccer Update #1
Welcome to Soy SAF’s first SA Women’s Soccer Update of the 2019 season, where we will recap and cover everything women’s soccer in San Antonio on a weekly basis. San Antonio has a record 6 clubs (Athenians, Alamo City UPSL and WPSL, Blossoms, Samba FC and Sporti FC) playing in various leagues and divisions, showcasing the quality of women’s soccer in the city.
San Antonio Athenians (UWS)
Athenians are about a week or so away from the 2019 UWS season opener. Athenians have spent the week making final preparations and training. The opener will be against the Houston Aces, a good club and defending 2018 Champions. It will be an excellent test for Athenians and with Crocketteers announcing support and tailgating prior to Athenians matches, should expect a good crowd for the first match in the UWS season.
Alamo City (UPSL Squad)
The UPSL squad for Alamo City SC is comprised mostly of younger high school aged players as they look to develop their game over the summer. They had a inter-squad preseason match against the WPSL Squad and gained some valuable minutes with a tough opponent. They open the season on May 25th against Coyotes FC in Killeen and have their home opener vs Samba FC on June 1st
Alamo City (WPSL Squad)
Considered the Senior Squad, with the roster is full of mostly college players for the summer opened the season this past weekend at Texas Titans and came out on top 2-1 with a brace from Nicole Galan.
Honestly was a very rocky start, one of our vans got stuck behind an accident on the freeway that closed the freeway down and was super late. We started and played the first 22 minutes with 9 players. When the others showed up we were still 0-0 and we started to get a foot hold on the game when we had 11. We were already playing missing 3-4 starters due to injuries, college graduation and ECNL games in Oklahoma so we called up 2 players from our second team. Both girls that got called up were 2003 birth years and stepped upped and performed great for us. Our first goal was a free kick from outside the width of the 18 near the corner of it and Channing Machen took and played a beautiful ball towards the back post which Nicole Galan finished into the corner with her head for the first goal. Beginning of second have 1 of our center backs Tori Rackow has to come off due to a bad knee injury and Titian’s took advantage of the confusion in the back line after her substitution and broke through for a great finish to tie the game up. Our ladies showed fight and pushed hard to get something. Kaitlin Moore beat her defender and won us a corner kick in the 88th min which again Channing’s service was on point and Nicole once again beat everyone to the ball to head in another and clinch the 2-1 win in our first ever WPSL game. All the ladies played hard and stepped up when needed. Sophie Milich came up huge in the first half with a great save off a break away and another phenomenal one in the second half that she full dove catching the ball going towards the upper corner. Nicole and Channing’s work rate was second to none and Camyrnne Hoover’s calmness in the back help see out the game. We have a friendly vs Samba FC this Thursday at our home field which should be the first time we have the whole team available. – Brian Davis, WPSL Head Coach
San Antonio Blossoms (WPSL)
The Blossoms have been relatively quiet over the off season as they continue to develop their players through the Classic Elites program and sign on some college aged players. The Blossoms first match is in Houston versus the TTi Bluebonnets in the “Battle of the Flowers” Derby on June 1st. First home match for the Blossoms will be on June 5th in a midweek inter-city match up with Alamo City SC.
Samba FC San Antonio (UPSL)
AKA Sambitas also held their first match of the 2019 season. They were 2-1 winners over Coyotes FC in Killeen on May 19th. First goal in Samba history was by Angelica Durland, Steele HS alumn. Second goal came at the feet of Andrea Almendarez, defender that attends North Lake College in Irving. Raeann Garcia captain and goalkeeper finished with 5 saves.
“I am very proud of the girls they played like a seasoned team and we only had a couple of practices. They came out and executed a very technical and tactical game and showed their ability to execute my coaching instructions. Even though we were missing three key players on the roster. The girls are starting to click and play as a team. Looking forward on having our entire roster for our next game.” Coach Augguie. Head Coach Samba FC San Antonio Women
Next match for Samba Women’s is versus San Antonio Sporti FC at Warrior Stadium this Sunday May 26th at 4 PM. Should be another great match up between local San Antonio clubs.
San Antonio Sporti FC (UPSL)
Sporti FC is part of the Corinthians academy system and was originally named Olympians but recently received UPSL approval to change the club name to its current state.
Some notables on the squad are Merary Davila, Amy Salaices, Olivia Wright and Keeper Jessica Sanchez.
The season opens for Sporti FC against Samba FC on May 26th at home