July 30, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A league title, a semifinal appearance and a chance at a gold medal sums up this year's summer experience for a handful of Seminole soccer players.
Michaela Hahn played an integral role in helping the Gulf Coast Texans (Pensacola, Fla.) to an undefeated season (11-0-0) and a WPSL championship. Hahn started for the Texans in the championship final on Saturday, July 28 and played every minute in a 4-0 victory over Aztec MA (Boston, Mass.).
Kahlia Hogg appeared in 10 games for the Pali Blues of the W-League as she tallied 749 minutes on the pitch this summer. The Blues reached the semifinals of the W-League playoffs falling to the eventual champions, the Ottawa Fury, in penalty kicks (4-3).
Marta Bakowska-Mathews played for the Laval Comets of the W-League this summer. Laval finished in third place in the Central Division with 21 points (6-3-3). Bakowska-Mathews appeared in nine matches recording two points on one goal. She registered 12 shots and played over 500 minutes this summer.
Kassey Kallman is headed to Japan with the U.S. U-20 team in search of gold at the FIFA World Cup. Kallman and the rest of Team USA will travel to Japan for the World Cup which runs August 19 - September 8.
Former Seminoles Make Noise
The WPSL Elite season came to a close over the weekend as a pair of Seminoles led the Western New York Flash to the league championship. Tori Huster started and played every minute of the match for the Flash, while Toni Pressley scored the equalizer in extra time to force overtime against the Chicago Red Stars.
In the waning moments of stoppage time, Pressley received a pass from Jodi-Ann Robinson and struck a left footed shot from outside of the box. The ball hit the crossbar and went over the line to send the game into overtime.
Both teams were unable to find the back of the net in overtime forcing penalty kicks where the Flash came out victorious, 4-2, to claim the title.
This championship marked the third straight title for the WNY Flash, who took the W-League title in 2010 and the WPS title last year.
Amanda DaCosta also played in the WPSL Elite league this summer appearing in eight matches with the Boston Breakers. The former Seminole All-American tallied over 700 minutes on the pitch finishing with three points on a goal and an assist. DaCosta scored the lone goal for the Breakers in the semifinals of the WPSL Elite playoffs as Boston fell to Chicago 3-1.