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Pali Comes Out Strong in 2-0 win

Santa Clarita Blue Heat News Release -

Sunday, May 20, 2012

SANTA CLARITA, Cal. – The Pali Blues defeated the Santa Clarita Blue Heat 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Valencia High School. Pali improved to 2-0 in the 2012 W-League season while the Blue Heat fell to 0-1.

Pali came out strong and aggressive, with Ann Tangorra taking advantage of the Blue Heat on a counter attack, scoring on a rebound  after her first attempt was blocked by Santa Clarita Goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo, who had seven saves in the game. The second Pali goal was scored by Nikki Washington, unassisted, in the 51st minute. Goalkeeper Ana Maria Picarelli rounded out the game with 11 saves.

The Blue Heat took a total of 11 shots on goal including two solid efforts by forward Rachel Nuzzolese. Fresh off her week with the U.S. U23 Women's National Team training camp at the Home Depot Center, Nadia Link entered the game in the second half taking two unsuccessful shots on goal. Portuguese nationals Edite Fernandes and Ana Borges also entered the game in the second half, but failed to get the Blue Heat on the scoreboard.

The Blue Heat will visit the LA Strikers next Sunday, May 27 at Occidental College and will have a rematch with the Pali Blues the following Saturday in Pacific Palisades, before returning home on June 10 to battle the Victoria Highlanders.

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