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Saints Women Go Marching Out With A Bang


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Coquitlam, BC - July 31, 2005
A team was finally born this past Sunday afternoon. Maybe born again would be a better way to put it. They had been together before, in little bits and pieces, here and there, over the long Pacific Coast Soccer League season that had just drawn to a close. However, before the curtain came down on a tough 2005 campaign, Seattle Hibernian and Caledonian women's open team (WOT's) romped to victory in the Dave Fryatt League Cup, throttling recently crowned League winners, Victoria Stars, 3 - 0, in the championship final.

Their manager, Teddy Matalis, finally had his finished product and was very pleased with the results of his efforts, and theirs. "We dominated throughout the match, just as with Frasier Valley (WOT's won 4 - 0) the day before. We played with a lot of passion and the girls really committed themselves to the cause," stated Matalis.

He had made it clear before the Cup weekend had even begun that each of his players were fighting for a place in his team sheet and starting eleven, for this upcoming weekend's National Cup Finals, which will be held in Dallas, Texas. That was incentive enough. Still, the Plaid Lasses were also looking to resurrect their season with a parting salvo to the rest of the League which had been looking up at them for four straight years in the tables, before they relinquished their League crown to worthy Victoria this past season. It was the first time since winning the Jacques Moon League Championship trophy four times on the trot, starting in 2001, that Seattle did not lay claim to the silverware they used to call affectionately, "Jackie." This helped quite a lot in muting some of that pain in not retaining it, however!

It can now be assumed that the few club veterans that are still in the side, who have been with the WOT's over these past three or four seasons, be it Jennifer Hull, Shannon Lovejoy and Tafara Pulse (Cup MVP), will all be raring to go, to inspire their new teammates to take one step closer to ultimate glory.

No club or team has had as much success and representation as Hibs and Caley have, at the national level, as the WOT's have had. Be it any age or competition level associated with the United States Soccer Federation's National Amateur Cup, Saints have been in the reckoning, including a title to their name, back in 2003, many times these past five years. This will be their fourth appearance in the "final fours" for the fourth time in five years. The team is young, comparatively speaking, when looking back at previous WOT's teams who made it to the finals. However, Matalis believes this team can return the national championship back to the club.

"These girls are so good. They're fast and they pass the ball really well. We are better than any team I have coached before, in almost every department," Matalis said a week ago. Based on the experience the gaffer has in his many years of managing women's football, don't be too surprised if the PCSL has a new national champion in its ranks in a week's time!

Oh, and not to be forgotten, whatsoever, the men's open team (MOT's) will be by their sister's side, trying to accomplish the same task at hand! Jimmy McAlister, MOT's manager will be leading his troops to Dallas with the same expectations as Matalis. With veteran defender and captain, George Singh, and the previous professional experience of crafty midfielder, Viet Nygun, Saints will be aiming for a big pot and the winners medals to be laid out before them! It will be the MOT's fourth time of calling at the Finals. They are gearing up to try and win the "Big One" for the first time and finally put the ghosts to bed from years past, when the team came so close to lifting the hardware but fell short at the last hurdle. This time they look to break the tape at the finish line!

2005 USSF-USASA NATIONAL CUP FINALS
DALLAS (FRISCO), TEXAS...

05/08/05 SEMI-FINAL: Hibs & Caley WOT's vs. Eclipse Select, Illinois @ 5:30pm CT

05/08/05 SEMI-FINAL: Hibs & Caley MOT's vs. Assyrian Winged Bull, Illinois @ 7:00pm CT

07/08/05 WOMEN'S FINAL: @ 11:00am CT

07/08/05 MEN'S FINAL: @ 11:00am CT