San Diego SeaLions Season Preview
The San Diego SeaLions 31st competitive season kicks off for Saturday, May 25th. Yes, 31 years in existence is quite a milestone for any San Diego team.
Who are the SeaLions? They are a women’s soccer team that plays in the WPSL. The Women’s Premiere Soccer League provides the highest level of developmental opportunities for amateur players in the United States. The WPSL has grown to more than 100 clubs and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world. Team rosters consist of highly skilled players from collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep athletes. The SeaLions are a founding team within the WPSL.
Coming off an uncharacteristic season in 2018, the SeaLions look to rebound in 2019 against many local opponents. The SeaLions recently prepped for their 31st season by scrimmaging the UCSD Tritons for the second time this 2019 campaign at Cathedral Catholic High School. The SeaLions experience showed as they bested the Tritons by a final score of 3-1.
The first game of their season is Saturday, May 25th at 4:00pm vs ASC San Diego at Mission Bay High School. Due to the uneven number of teams in the Pacific South Conference where the SeaLions play, the match will be the third of the season for crosstown rivals ASC, who remain without a point having lost their first two matches to date.
Head Coach and co-owner Lu Synder will be leading the team for the second year on the sidelines. She feels that 2019 will be a rebound year for the organization.
“The 2018 season was tough as we lost our goalkeeper to the NWSL, and had a few veterans unable to play,” explained Snyder. “However, we are excited after what we saw in our two scrimmages. We are looking forward to getting back out there to the playing level that we expect for our club.”
The team this year is a blend of veterans and newcomers, who will look to play a possession style game. Key returners include:
Elissa "Elie" Magracia
In addition to the returning players, there are many locally produced first time SeaLions:
This season will be unique in that the entire division is local to San Diego so there won’t be much travel for the teams. Surf and ASC San Diego are new to the Pacific South this year. This increase in local teams speaks to the growth of women’s soccer in the area. And showcases the amount of quality soccer players that San Diego produces.
The SeaLions are unique in that they are not affiliated with any youth club, they are truly the team for all of San Diego. Their first home game is Saturday, June 1st at 7:30 pm at Cathedral Catholic High School. Find out more info about the SeaLions at sealionsoccer.com, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.