The Santa Clarita Blue Heat semi-professional soccer team won the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) National Championship 2-1 against New Jersey Copa F.C. on July 30, 2016. Before going into double overtime, Blue Heat player Julia Hernandez pulled an impressive bicycle kick to score the winning goal. The impressive goal led Blue Heat to victory in the 119th minute of the exhilarating game.
Santa Clarita Blue Heat scored first in the 9th minute when Kodi Lavrusky sent Julia Hernandez on a breakaway to get Blue Heat on the board with its first goal. Hernandez was named the Championship MVP for her two-goal effort.
Blue Heat starters include McCaskill, Miranda, Matulich, Toraya, Gudgeon, Castaneda, Villacorta, Roy, Hernandez, Massey and Lavrusky. Subs for the team include Andrews, Kutscher, Redman, Caraciollo, French, Orocio and Ervik. The Blue Heat is owned by Carlos Marroquin.
Following the league win, three Santa Clarita Blue Heat players were named to the 2016 All-UWS First Team; players include Kasandra Massey, Chloe Castaneda and Yadira Toraya.
About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring and former professionals and international stars. Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at Press@UWSSoccer.com