The hopes for Charlie Naimo’s Pali Blues to win the USL W-League Western Conference title seemed to look optimistic at first. On Friday at the Stadium by the Sea on the campus of Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, Calif., the Blues defeated the Colorado Rush 2-0 on an Ashley Nick brace in the fourth and 86th minutes of play.
Rush goalkeeper Eli Sarasola was forced to make nine saves as the Pali attack played with desperation and determination.
PALI: Ashley Nick (Mele French) 4′
PALI: Ashley Nick 86′
Referees: Marcelo Cianeaglini, Kate Champman, Vicente Lozada
However, on Sunday, the playoff chances took a hit in their 2-2 draw with the Bay Area Breeze at the Stadium by the Sea. Nick scored another brace in the ninth and 90th minutes but it looked as if the brace from Bay Area’s Najma Homidi in the 34th and 56th minutes was going to stand.
Pali Blues: Ashley Nick (Sarah Killion) 9′
Pali Blues: Ashley Nick (PK) 90′
Bay Area: Najma Homidi (Marissa Mykines) 34′
Bay Area: Najma Homidi 56′
Pali Blues: Ashley Nick 90‘
Referees: Aaron Wolfe, Vincent Brizzolaca, Joshua Morales
The result means that Pali must win against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat on Jul. 14 to be assured of a spot in the playoffs. A win on Sunday will surely extend Pali’s season due to goal differential and goals forwarded. Kickoff at the Stadium by the Sea is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
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