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Wave Battles Wildkatz to a 0-0 Draw
Press Release - June 2, 2012

Solid Defense and Goalkeeping Contain Offenses in Season Opener for Both Clubs

6/2/12—The weather was beautiful, the crowd large and enthusiastic and the soccer was highly professional and entertaining. Only goals were in short supply at the home opener for the North Bay FC Wave vs. the West Coast Wildkatz of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo on Saturday, June 2nd. The Wave and Wildkatz had to settle for a 0–0 draw.

Opening day ceremonies began with young players from local league, the Ross Valley Breakers, walking onto the pitch hand-in-hand with starters from both teams for pre-game introductions and the National Anthem. All Wave home games benefit local organizations, and on this day a very generous contribution would go to Ross Valley's youth soccer programs.

The match itself showcased the outstanding quality of play in the WPSL — which now represents the highest level of women's soccer in the U.S.

Wave Gets the Better of Possession
In the first half, the North Bay Wave had more possession, but the Wildkatz launched several dangerous counterattacks. One was stopped by Stanford goalkeeper and former U.S. U17 women's national team pool member, Lindsay Dickerson, who sprinted off her line and quickly closed the lanee — stuffing the ball off the attacker's feet. Other Wildkatz attacks in both halves were well controlled by a strong Wave defense anchored by Jessica Ingram of San Jose State University and popular Aussie, Haley Abbott, who returns to the Wave this summer from Southeast Missouri State.

In the second half, the Wave gained more control of the run of play and created a number of excellent scoring opportunities. This time, it was Wildkatz goalkeeper, Riley Ann Fielder, who came up big. Working closely with an experienced back line led by Lily Chavez, Fielder made several outstanding saves against Wave players such as former USC forward, Jocelyn Leche, to keep the game scoreless.

"The 2012 Wave includes some new faces, and the players are still getting to know one another," said North Bay head coach Luis Quezada. "As we made adjustments in the second half, the team was able to keep the Wildkatz away from our attacking third due to our high-pressure defense. Also, Wave forwards and midfielders combined much more effectively to get the ball into the box several times — but we just couldn’t finish."

Quezada also cited the play of new Wave players Kathy Orellana of UNLV, who demonstrated great flair and poise on the field, and midfielder/attacking defender Haley Washburn, another former U.S. U17 national pool member and incoming Harvard recruit, who showed strength and composure in the match.

"I think we really started to jell in the second half," Quezada commented. "The crowd enjoyed a great show, and hopefully many will be back to follow the team throughout the season."

After a trip to Fresno to meet the Central California Heat on Saturday June 9th, the Wave returns home for the only Marin County appearance of the always-tough California Storm. The Storm features players such as Brandi Chastain; former Brazil star Sissi; former full U.S. women's national team midfielder Aly Wagner; WPS pros Allison Falk out of Stanford and Tracy Hamm out of Cal; Hermann trophy winner, Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, Rachel Quan, and Hannah Farr from NCAA champion Stanford; and many more.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16th at Tamalpais High School.

The Wave would like to thank its generous 2012 season sponsors: All Season Soccer, Brandon Tire, Cork Pops, Live Water Surf Shop, Marin Auto Glass, Morton & Bassett, and Wells Fargo Bank. For more information about the North Bay FC Wave contact team president Birgit Byers at (415) 302-6779, or e-mail birgit@northbayfc.com.

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