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SoCal FC reach WPSL Championship semifinals in first season

A local women's soccer team is going for a national title this week.

The team that's gunning for a national championship.
The team that's gunning for a national championship.
Courtesy of SoCal FC Communications

After blowing through the Pac-South Division in their debut WPSL season, local women's soccer team SoCal FC traveled to Washington State this past weekend for the regional playoffs, and ended up taking the West Region championship in dramatic fashion, beating hosts Issaquah FC 2-1 with a stoppage time winner. The result means they are one of the league's final four, and will be heading to Oklahoma to compete for the overall WPSL championship this week.

After progressing to the West Region title game on Sunday, SoCal, made up of local college players and many veterans of the extinct W-League teams LA/Pali Blues and LA Strikers, looked like they were down and out after Issaquah's Macy Jo Harrison converted a penalty in the 78th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. But an own goal by Issaquah gave SoCal life in the 87th minute, and forward Michelle Enyeart had the dagger in the 94th minute, as she finished her chance to give the Southern California outfit the victory and the regional title.

SoCal FC will now head to Edmond, Oklahoma, and will first face East Region champs Boston Breakers Reserves on Saturday at 2:30 pm PT. If they win, they get rewarded with the championship game the next day, against the winner of the Oklahoma City FC-Chicago Red Stars Reserves semifinal match. The title game will take place at 11:30 am PT.

Best of luck to SoCal FC in Oklahoma this weekend!

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