Calgary Foothills WFC Primed to Win Western Conference
League’s Only Canadian Team Race Against Santa Clarita And LA Galaxy for Playoff Spot
This weekend will be the last home game for Canada’s UWS team and it will decide who makes it to the UWS playoff finals this season. They will be going up against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, last season’s reigning division champions, and the Calgary Foothills plan on making up for their first loss last weekend in this re-match against the second best standing team.
The team made it home from an exciting weekend in California with more points on the board and with an understanding of what their competition will be for their last game. After a loss against MLS affiliate, LA Galaxy, the Santa Clarita Blue Heat made it clear they’re not going to be letting the Foothills take first place without a fight, and Calgary’s team is preparing themselves for that after experiencing their first loss of the season. “This weekend we need to ensure that we dial into our game keys, respect their threats; however, have belief in our ability and go after the game for ninety plus minutes.” Stated head coach Troye Flannery.
The Blue Heat will undoubtedly be preparing to defend their title as UWS west conference champions with the athleticism and ability that has gotten them to the number two spot on the conference table. The 2016 UWS Champions have been stacking their team with some international heavy weights including Canada’s own Lauren Sessleman who took home a Olympic Bronze Medal in the 2012 London Games, as well as UCLA player Chloe Castaneda and one of this years’ additions to the team, double NCAA championship winner Nikki Driesse.
After a successful season, Coach Flannery knows his team has a bright future, stating: “It’s been a tremendous season thus far. I’m very proud of the group, with the younger players maturing on-the-fly and our experienced players leading by example. We are far from done and we control our destiny the rest of the way.” For most of the Calgary Foothills players, this is a familiar concept as many of them have impressive resumes internationally including, Stephanie Labbe who brought home her own Olympic Bronze Medal from the 2016 Rio Games; England youth international Jessie Jones and Christabel Oduro who has played professionally for Sweden, Israel, Germany and Denmark.
The Calgary Foothills WFC invites the public, press, media and influential members of the Calgary soccer community to their final home game on Saturday, June 30th. Gates will be opening at 5:30 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. kick-off. The event will include live music, beer gardens, food trucks and a kid’s zone. The Calgary Soccer Centre is located at 7000 48 St SE, Calgary, AB. Tickets are available at the gate or online at www.foothillsfc.ca