Fall soccer is back and, as per usual, Hotspur has teams entered in numerous leagues!
In 11-aside action, the team returns to the LA Muni Women’s A division for the eight consecutive season. The Spurs have played two games so far, first beating Cougars by a score of 4-0 in the league home opener on September 6th; and later beating Dinamo Turbine by a score of 4-1 on September 20th.
Hailey Murray scored a hattrick in both matches, emerging as the early points and goal-socring leader for Spurs in the 2014 Fall season.
In the game against Cougars, Brittney Watson was first to score for the Spurs off a square pass from Lindsey Moss. Watson drilled the ball into the right corner from just outside the 18. The Spurs maintained a 1-0 lead for most of the match, and, in the last ten minutes of the game, Murray put three goals away to secure the win. Murray’s first goal was generated by Flora Guilbaut, who dribbled the ball on the right side of the field and took a shot on net. The ball deflected back to Guilbaut, and she laid the ball off to Murray who netted the ball with conviction. Murray’s next goal was the result of defensive hustle off the kickoff. Murray immediately stole the ball from the opposition and drilled a shot from the middle of the field. The ball sailed into the upper right corner pas the keeper. Murray’s final goal of the match was again an unassisted effort from distance as she nailed a shot that deflected off a defender and found its way to the back of the net.
In the game against Dinamo Turbine, Murray’s hat trick came at the front end of the scoring. Murray’s first goal came almost immediately after she subbed into the match. The scrappy striker stole the ball from a defender inside the penalty area, and Murray immediately turned and shot the ball on net. Murray’s second goal of the game was another ball-win inside the area when she collected the deflection off a Spurs’ shot on goal. Murray finished it to put the Spurs up by two. Murray completed the hat trick when defender Lauren Johnson carried the ball down the right side of the pitch and sent a lofted cross towards the center of the penalty area. Murray jumped up and flicked the ball on with her head, nodding it soundly into the back of the net. The Spurs got their fourth goal of the game when Mary Brazie won the ball in the midfield and dropped it back to defender Brynne Blumstein. Brynne then played the ball through to newcomer Alley Henry, who sprinted to beat the keeper and tapped the ball soundly into the back of the net, earning her first goal in a Spurs jersey.
In 7-aside play, the Spurs have teams entered in two different leagues.
In the LA Muni Women’s 7-aside, the Spurs have logged both a win and a loss to start the season. The win came over Dinamo Turbine’s 7-asiders and featured a hat trick by Becca Bullard. Moss, Murray, Kelly Buck and Watson also chipped in goals to complete the 7-1 win. The Spurs then fell to The Blue Team by a score of 4-2. In the match on September 8th, both Murray and Blumstein chipped in goals but their efforts weren’t enough to earn a win for the Spurs side on the day.
In the Pasadena Adult Soccer league, Hotspur has entered a team in the Sunday Women’s Super Stars division for the first season ever. The Spurs are currently five games into the season, and lead the charts with a perfect record of 5-0.
The Spurs first game was played on Sunday, September 7 and the Spurs won 5-0 over FC LA. Goals were scored by Sarah Halpenny, Nicoline Jorgensen (2), Johnson and Catherine Davila.
The Spurs then played a double header on September 14th, beating TNT by a score of 2-0 and T Boyle’s Tavern by a score of 6-2. In the first match, Brittney Watson and Rachel Flemming both scored goals to aid the win. In the second game, Halpenny scored a goal and Brazie scored 5 goals to earn the win.
On September 21st, Hotspur had another double header, and defeated Yo Mama by a score of 4-0 and Spinoffs by a score of 5-0. Goals on the day were scored by Claudia Orellana, Nicoline Jorgense, Mary Brazie, Ana Carinena and Lauren Johnson.
June and July have been crazy months for LA Hotspur! Over the past month, Hotspur has closed out two seasons, dove headfirst into their first league of WPSL play, and, along with the rest of the country, spent many hours glued to the television watching the game being played on the largest stage at the World Cup.
In the LA Muni league, Hotspur first took on Cougars on June 14th, and later, were set to play a game against The Purple Team on June 21st but earned a forfeit victory when TPT could not field a team for the match. In the game vs. Cougars, Tanya Djafar scored the gamewinner for the Spurs who won 1-0.
At the end of the LA Muni season, the Spurs finished with a record of 7-3-1, finishing second overall in the LA Muni women’s A division regular season.
In CSL play, the Spurs finished their season with a game against Norwalk, who beat the Spurs 3-0. The Spurs finished the season with a record of 3-1-8 in the CSL.
The Women’s Professional League has Hotspur playing games twice a weekend. During the demanding season, the Spurs have battled in six matches over the last three weeks. See below for details:
On June 14th, the Spurs took on Legends, losing 3-0.
On June 15th, the Spurs took on LA Premier, losing 2-1. Ari Vitanza scored the lone goal for the Spurs, driving it into the back of the net on a set piece.
On June 21st, the Spurs had a rematch against LA Premier, and lost 1-0.
On June 22nd, the Spurs took on the Sea Lions, losing 2-0.
On June 28th, the Spurs defeated Tucson in a 1-0 win, with Kim Allard scoring the lone goal when she blasted a ball from the left side of the net. The goal was set up by Catherine Davila, who won the ball from a defender, carried it down the field and played it to Frankie Mujic on the right side of the field. Mujic crossed the ball to Allard who blasted it in from range.
On June 29th, the Spurs lost 3-0 to Beaches.
Up next, the Spurs travel to Arizona where the squad will take on both Phoenix and Tucson in the last matches of the season.
LA Hotspur FC had a busy weekend as the club played four games across three different leagues. In WPSL play, Hotspur had two matches, first taking on Beach Futbol Club, who currently are ranked first in the region.
In the hard-fought Saturday evening contest, the home squad was the first to get a point on the board. Visiting team Hotspur added their own goal soon after, in a play that started on the right flank. Defender Catherine Davila won the ball and played it to Catiana Vitanza, who then sent the ball to Julia Glanz on the left flank. Glanz sent the ball across the face of the net and midfielder Sarah Halpenny sprinted in, flicking the ball with her head into the back of the net.
The score remained tied for most of the game, until, with minutes left in the second half, a scramble in the box led to a goal for Beach.
On Sunday, Hotspur were back on the pitch with a 10 a.m. home game against the traveling Phoenix del Sol. The long, hot match was a tough battle, and resulted in a 0-0 tie. Keeper Nicoline Jorgensen did well to protect the shutout, and Hotspur’s defense was solid all game long. The Spurs almost got on the board when midfielder Kristen Vasquez nailed a rocket from distance, but the ball slammed against the crossbar and back out away from the goal.
The Spurs first game of the weekend was in the LA Muni league, as the side took on W-AC Los Angeles. Hotspur played with game with only 9 on the field, and ultimately battling to a 4-1 loss. Despite the low numbers, Hotspur managed to keep the game tied for most of the game. A goal by WACLA was quickly countered when Brynne Blumstein took a corner kick that she passed to Ana Marshall. Marshall then played a long ball down field to Hailey Murray, who scooped up the ball, dribbled past the defense, and drilled a long shot into the back of the net. As the game neared the end, WACLA was able to capitalize on Hotspur’s fatigue by scoring three successive goals to earn the win.