San Antonio Boasts 6 Women’s Teams in 2019

SA Sporti FC – For a brief period in time, SA Sporti FC were known as the Olympians, as we wrote about them in their first scrimmage with Samba FC SA. I want to help settle any confusion over who is who. They rebranded but are still the same team. They are the newest women’s team in SA, playing in the UPSL Women’s league Central Conference. They had less than a month to assemble a team and complete logistics. Several players have experience at the amateur level as former players with the Athenians in their first year. This core of experience includes Isa Valdez, former Mexican national team player, who has a strong shot from distance. Young standout Leslie Rios will join her. Sisters Ana and Britney Campa are on the team as well. Sporti are serious about their team. They have invested in them: a branded vehicle to transport to away games, turf practice facilities, and international matches scheduled. Sporti scrimmaged one of their opponents, Samba FC SA, and beat them, a favorable sign for this season. As the first season for the UPSL women in Texas, it is hard to tell what the level of competition will be. If Sporti can come out strong and challenge in every game, they will be able to be in the top half of the conference. The UPSL Men’s team Corinthians are their brother team. They play at Cornerstone Christian Academy Warrior Stadium.

Sambas FC San Antonio – Sambas were the first team to join the UPSL Women’s Central Conference. Being in a new conference the first year, they have the chance to make the most of it and really make it their own season. Anything can happen. Samba has already played their first game against Coyotes FC and beat them 2-1. Angelica Durland had a beautiful piece of skill dribbling the ball from inside her defensive half, beating several players, and taking a strong shot from outside the penalty area. Andrea Almendarez had the second finish. They are starting the season off right. Goalie Raeann Garcia played for the Blossoms last year and will be the keeper for Samba this year. Hannah Player, who played last season with the Baylor club team and was an original Athenian, is captain of the Sambas. The roster has a number of local talented club players from Classic Elite, SA United, Lonestar SA, and more. The Samba men also play in the UPSL. Home field is Wheatley Heights Complex.

SA Athenians SC – The Athenians were a strong dominant team two summers ago, and the expectations are high. They will be playing in the UWS this summer. The team has been working hard on the training pitch every day, hoping to be rewarded on the field. The team has been recruiting the best players but also has some returning names fans will recognize. Michelle Hogan is returning as an outside defender. Defender Treena Ferguson returns to the Athenians to anchor the defense. Nikki Poppa also rejoins the team. All-District 26-6A Forward of the Year and Area Super Team Selection Ashton Foytik is on the team. Securing the Goal is Michelle Cole, who started every game this past season for UTSA Women’s Soccer. Their kick-off match is against reigning UWS champions Houston Aces, and they are planning a Fill the Stadium event. They will have a difficult road to move forward in the post-season with the national champions in their conference. If they can eek out a tie or win at home against the reigning UWS National Champions, it will help immensely. Cibolo Multi-event Center is the home field.

San Antonio Blossoms – The Blossoms are returning to play in the WPSL for the second season. The Blossoms finished last season on a high note, scoring goals and challenging top teams. Important returning starters are Becca Mays, Cristina Nunez, Naomi Powell and Mary Cardone. Blossoms will be missing the flair from creative forward Marissa Arias as she recovers from an injury suffered during the high school season. The young players who got their first taste of higher play last season will be more prepared this season when they step on the field able to anticipate the physicality and quickness of their opponent. With limited practice and scrimmages and no public tryouts, have they addressed the holes in the roster from last season? Outside midfield last season lacked the depth and link up play between the defense and the offense. The good news is that they have their ECNL teams to draw talent from. The home opener is June 5th. Home field is Blossom Soccer Complex.

Alamo City SC – Alamo City is a team that “wants to win”–that’s straight from head coach Brian Davis’ mouth. They won their first game 2-1 over Texas Titans. Several UTSA players have joined the team bringing the synergy of playing together during the fall and spring. That anticipation of movement usually takes time to develop. UTSA leading scorer Ellis Patterson is on the team bringing speed and accuracy. LEE High School’s Jen Jackson joined the team. Sophie Milich is currently on the Auburn University women’s team as goalkeeper. She played for Albion Hurricanes where they participated in the ECNL national finals. Former UTSA standout Channing Machen will anchor the midfield. Nicole Galan, former UTSA captain and midfielder, was the team’s first signing. Alamo City has a reserve team, and the opportunity to have full field practices will likely contribute to their success. The team will certainly have speed and have security in each position as you look at their signings. This is their first year in the WPSL and will require a short learning curve if they want to win; both Lonestar and AHFC have former national team and NWSL players leading the team and playmaking. They are making sure that there is quality coaching for each position: Dave Cavazos is goalkeeper coach, Brian Davis is head coach and Neil Hull has coached for 23 years at club, college and ODP levels. Home field will be ASP/Culebra Creek, Alamo City home fields.

Alamo City SC Reserve – Alamo City SC Reserve be playing in the UPSL Women’s league Central Conference. Typically, when we hear the term reserve, the first thought is second best. This team has access to the same trainers and facilities as the WPSL team. They learn the same things the WPSL team learns. There is a path for growth and goal accomplishment to take the next step from the reserve team to the first team. The ladies on this team are looking to prove themselves; many play on talented club teams, high school teams or college teams. Many could play on a number of other teams but are choosing to develop with Alamo City SC. Alamo City Reserve face the same opportunity as Samba and Sporti–with a new league they get to set the tone for the level of competition. This conference is wide open. Home field will be ASP/Culebra Creek, Alamo City home fields.


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