The San Diego Surfers beat Berkeley 19-7 Saturday inside the stadium at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the final of the Denver 7s women’s bracket.
The game was tied at seven at halftime following opening tries from San Diego’s Amanda Wilson and Berkeley’s Jillian Whitfield. But the Surfers blew it open in the second half with scores from Cara Nocero and Ryan Carlyle.
It was the third meeting between Berkeley and San Diego, both of whom have qualified for Nationals, this summer.
“I think both of our teams are going to, hopefully, do really well. We’ve both been working hard,” said San Diego captain Emilie Bydwell. “It’s kind of back and forth. It’s been recently on any given either team can win.”
The California clubs made the trip to Colorado to get some high quality competition against less familiar teams. Bydwell says they left satisfied.
“We absolutely got the competition we wanted,” she said. “We got some really good games, specifically against the West Select and Berkeley. That’s exactly what we needed going into Nationals.
“We’ve got some things we want to take home from today and work on and move forward for San Francisco.”
Bydwell said Carlyle found her stride as a scorer on the weekend and was also complimentary of 20-year-old Hannah Lopez.
“She’s just gotten so much better in the last six months and she’s really great for us,” said the captain. “We love having her. She’s developing really quickly, and as a team we’re really coming together and starting to play well.”