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Storm look to strike for final playoff berth

Pro soccer: Proceeds from game will benefit nonprofit Penny Lane

Posted: July 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Semi-pro soccer team Santa Clarita Storm will play its final regular season home game on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Canyon High.

The game will also be a fundraiser called “Penny Lane Night.”

The Storm hosted its first “Penny Lane Night” on June 30 and is hoping to increase proceeds while building awareness for their sponsors.  

With all proceeds from the game being donated, the Storm and the Penny Lane Foundation have teamed up to support underprivileged kids and families while guiding them to reach their highest potential.

“Penny Lane is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and food to families in need,” said Storm owner Gerald Brunner. “Saturday will be our second Penny Lane Night, and we’re hoping for better attendance and community involvement this time around.”

The National Premier Soccer League’s Storm (4-3-2), in their first year in Santa Clarita, are currently in third place in the West-Southern Conference and need a victory in their final game against the Flash to secure a playoff spot.
San Diego (7-2-0) currently sits atop the West-Southern League standings and beat the Storm 3-0 earlier in the season.

Sitting one spot out of playoff position and down by three points in the standings to the Fullerton Rangers, the Storm need a victory Saturday and a Rangers loss on Sunday to secure a postseason birth.

Coming off their 4-2 win against FC Hasental, the Storm are looking to win back-to-back matches for the first time since April 21.

“This has been a record-breaking year for the Storm,” Brunner said. “The team has some new players, and we’re excited to continue our strong play as we push for our first playoff appearance.”

With a purchased ticket to the Storm’s regular season finale on Saturday, fans will also be entered for a drawing to win a signed game jersey.


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