San Francisco, CA – California Storm opened their season with a 4-0 victory over the home side, Tottenham Hotspur.
After just two minutes into the opening half, Sherifatu Sumaila (Ghana, Un20s International) was able to slot the ball neatly into the bottom left-hand corner past the out-stretched arms of Spurs goalkeeper, Brooke Lisowski (UC Berkeley).
As the Storm took possession of the ball, they strung together a row of sharp passes until finding the feet of midfielder Cara Curtin (Sacramento, CA) who struck the ball with immense power, forcing Lisowski to make a save that allowed Curtin to roll the ball into the back of the net, making it 2-0 on the 8th minute with a rebound shot.
Things were looking bright in the first half for the Storm. As the clock approached the 16th minute, Alice Broadbent (England) stopped an impressive Spurs counter attack, that lead to a fortunate Storm attack. Lauren Curtin (Sonoma State) slid the ball to Sumaila who blasted the ball into the back of the net to make it her second goal of the night.
It was not long after the whistle blew for the second half when Sumaila was able to celebrate scoring a hat trick. Just under two minutes of the second half, the Storm began the play with two touch soccer until reaching midfielder Karissa Garcia (Pepperdine) who skilfully took the ball past the Spurs defensive to then find Sumaila who wove her way through the box to find the net for the third time.
Spurs showed strength throughout the game making themselves a tough opponent that tied in first place with California Storm last season. The Tottenham side showed their ability in the final 20 minutes of the game, putting Storm goalkeeper, Caitlyn Duval (Chico State) under great pressure. The young goalkeeper made some terrific saves that helped finish the game with a shutout for the Storm.
The Spurs were unable to find the back of the net leaving the final score at 4-0 for the visiting side.
Up next, California storm will be playing an exhibition game where they host Utah on Saturday 21st May.
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