Charlie Naimo’s Pali Blues were fully aware that they needed a result against the Seattle Sounders Women, and badly. Up until the match at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash., the Blues were four points behind the then-unbeaten Sounders. The winner of this contest would have the upper hand in the fate of the USL W-League Western Conference race.
And they delivered. Mele French on point with a brace in the 15th and 26th minutes of play, and Rachel Nuzzolese added an insurance goal in the 37th minute to give the Blues a massive 3-0 upset of the Sounders on the road.
PALI: Mele French (Samantha Mewis) 15
PALI: Mele French (Sarah Killion) 26
PALI: Rachel Nuzzolese (Jamia Fields) 37
Paul Gotz, Christine Suter and Ben Warren
The win means that Pali are one point behind the Sounders but have one game in hand. However, their next opponent is the one team that has been able to defeat Pali this season: the Los Angeles Strikers. Pali will aim for payback on Jun. 29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET.
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|Santa Clarita Blue Heat||7||7||2||4||1||11||16||2||2||1||10||13||0||2||0||1||3|
|Bay Area Breeze||7||7||2||4||1||7||15||1||2||1||5||10||1||2||0||2||5|
|Colorado Rapids Women||5||7||1||4||2||10||16||1||2||0||6||7||0||2||2||4||9|