If the 2019 Women’s World Cup has whetted your appetite for soccer, the region has one outstanding option for you.
The Sea Lions, at 7-0, next play the San Diego Surf at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on their home field at Cathedral Catholic High School. Team leaders include captains Rosie Tantillo-Colon and Leigh Ann Brown. Last season’s leading scorers Morgan Addis, McKenna Marmelstein, Cori Deason and Lili Andino also returned.
The Surf is second in the division with a 5-1-1 record. The other local teams are LA Galaxy San Diego, ASC San Diego and the San Diego Parceiro Ladies.
Other unbeaten teams in the league include the California Storm, FC Golden State, Motor City FC and Chicago Red Stars Reserve.
In 2000, the SeaLions, known then as San Diego Auto Trader, won the league championship. The year before, the team won the U.S. National Cup. The SeaLions have served as the developmental squad for the San Diego Spirit, until the Women’s United Soccer Association folded in 2003.
The WPSL is the largest women’s soccer league in the world, boasting more than 110 teams, mostly in the U.S. Play takes place from May through July.
Participants include elite amateur athletes – collegiate, post-collegiate, international and preps.
The league is divided into four regions, with each region containing three to four conferences. Conference winners advance to a regional championship, held in July. The teams that emerge meet in a semifinal and final single-elimination bracket format to determine the WPSL champion.
– Staff reports
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