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Blue Heat Tie Rapids Women
Physical match ends in scoreless draw

Santa Clarita Blue Heat News Release -

Thursday, June 14, 2012

COMMERCE CITY, Co. – In their first long-distance road game of the season, the Santa Clarita Blue Heat battled the Colorado Rapids Women to a 0-0 tie.

The Blue Heat had three unsuccessful scoring opportunities in the first half and a total of eight shots were taken by Sydney Vermillion, Ana Borges, Holly Hein and Rachel Nuzzolese. The Rapids booked 11 total shots with five taken by defender Erin Gunther. The match proved to be very physical with the referee showing two cautions to the Blue Heat and one to the Rapids. When the dust settled, the Rapids had 13 fouls to the Blue Heat’s five.

“This was an intense match to play, given the altitude,” Blue Heat Head Coach Charles Martinez said. “Every player stepped up to the test, doing what we asked them to do. I am very proud of the whole team because we were forced to play a more physical game and never lost intensity. Although it was disappointing that we couldn’t find the net, based on the challenges today, getting the point is a good result for us.”

The Blue Heat will visit the Colorado Rush in Highlands Ranch on Saturday evening at Valor Christian High School, before a second road trip to the Pacific Northwest next week. Visit or the team’s Facebook page at for schedules, photos, highlights and ticket information.

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