Long odds go against Katie Johnson, Seattle Reign
Many things had to go right for the Seattle Reign women's soccer team and Flintridge Sacred Heart alumna Katie Johnson to reach the National Women's Soccer League playoffs.
The Reign entered the final week of the regular season in fifth place and six points behind fourth-place Orlando for the final playoff spot.
Seattle needed to win its final two games and hope that Orlando would drop its last two to pull even.
While the Reign did its part by winning its final two games, ultimately Seattle only gained a point in the standings after Orlando tied and won its final two games.
Seattle finished the regular season with 34 points and a 9-8-7 record to take fifth place.
Johnson finished a season at forward in which she tallied four goals and two assists in 23 matches with 19 total shots on goal.
Former area standouts collide in season finale
When the New Jersey Sky Blue FC and Boston Breakers women's soccer teams met in the regular season finale of the National Women's Soccer League on Saturday afternoon, the match was a meeting of two former area standouts.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Kayla Mills is a defender for Sky Blue and took on the Boston Breakers and Brooke Elby, a Flintridge Prep product and fellow defender.
The result was anything but defensive as Sky Blue defeated Boston, 4-3.
The victory finished off a 10-11-13 season for the New Jersey squad, which finished sixth in the standings and missed the postseason. Boston ended the year in ninth with a 4-13-7 mark.
Mills played in 16 games and started 13 for Sky Blue, while finishing with two shots. Elby played in 13 matches with 10 starts this season and finished with six shots.
CV Soccer Club registration
The Crescenta Valley Soccer Club is opening up registrations for its fall programs to youth athletes born between 2006 and 2009.
The first step in the club process is the FC Bayern Pre ID program, which is opened to kids born in 2008 and 2009. The program runs from Oct. 6 to Dec. 1 and runs on Fridays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45. The cost is $145 and training will take place at Crescenta Valley High.
The next step of the process is for the more seasoned player and is known as the Elite Training Center. Similarly, the program will run from Oct. 6 to Dec. 1 on Fridays, but from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15. The cost is $175 and training takes place at Crescenta Valley.
For questions, contact Kurtis Millan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, check out www.cvsoccerclub.com.
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