[June 15] – In their first long-distance road game of the season, the Santa Clarita Blue Heat battled the Colorado Rapids to a 0-0 tie.
The Blue Heat had three unsuccessful scoring opportunities in the first half and a total of eight shots were taken by Sydney Vermillion, Ana Borges, Holly Hein and Rachel Nuzzolese. The Rapids booked 11 total shots with five taken by defender Erin Gunther. The match proved to be very physical with the referee showing two cautions to the Blue Heat and one to the Rapids. When the dust settled, the Rapids had 13 fouls to the Blue Heat’s five.
“This was an intense match to play, given the altitude,” noted Blue Heat Head Coach Charles Martinez. “Every player stepped up to the test, doing what we asked them to do. I am very proud of the whole team because we were forced to play a more physical game and never lost intensity. Although it was disappointing that we couldn’t find the net, based on the challenges today, getting the point is a good result for us.”
The Blue Heat will visit the Colorado Rush in Highlands Ranch on Saturday evening, June 16 at Valor Christian High School, before a second road trip to the Pacific Northwest next week. Visit www.SCBlueHeat.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/scblueheat for schedules, photos, highlights and ticket information.
[June 16] – The Santa Clarita Blue Heat finished their trip to the Rocky Mountain state with a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rush Women on Saturday evening. The point moves the Blue Heat into a fourth place tie with the Colorado Rapids Women in the Western Conference.
Samantha Harder scored first for the Rush Women in the 24th minute of play. Colorado was up 1-0 through the half until in the 64th minute, when Laura Luis took a solid shot off of an Edite Fernandes assist to even the score. The game ended in a draw, but not without both teams taking their share of shots; 18 for the Blue Heat and 12 for the Rush.
“We certainly had our opportunities to score,” said Blue Heat Head Coach Charles Martinez. “Our ability to finish was an issue but I was very pleased with our teamwork and the players’ motivation to continue shooting. Overall it was a great game for both teams and we are happy with the result.”
The Blue Heat will travel to the Pacific Northwest on a three game road trip this week. On Wednesday, June 20, they will face the Victoria Highlanders at 7:00 pm at Royal Athletic Park; the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 22 and the Seattle Sounders Women on June 24. Visit www.SCBlueHeat.com
or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/scblueheat
for schedules, photos, highlights and ticket information.
Madison Van Dine | Photos by Patrick Farrington Photography
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