San Diego, Oregon win big in WPL Semifinals

GLENDALE, Colo. - The San Diego Surfers kept their try-scoring streak alive at Infinity Park Friday, scoring eight against the Atlanta Harlequins to remain in contention for fifth place at the 2015 Women's Premier League Championships with a 54-22 victory.

Oregon Rugby Sports Union's heavy, 51-13, defeat of DC Furies sets up an all-Blue Conference clash for fifth place in the WPL. The battle for fifth will kick off Sunday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. MT, with the live broadcast available on USA Rugby TV.

It took Atlanta 25 minutes to get behind the San Diego defense in the first match of the day, forcing a turnover in the breakdown after the Surfers' third try. The Harlequins did not waste time and sent the ball wide to Alison Price for the score. Price was kept from a second try a few minutes later, but her inside center, Elizabeth Snodgrass, added a five-pointer to bring the half-time score to 35-10.

Rosalind Chou, head coach of Life University's women's program, used a dummy and a fend 10 minutes into the second half to cut into the deficit, but San Diego was not to be denied its first win of 2015. Mollie Martin drew defenders to herself on the wing and waited for the perfect moment to offload to Tia Blythe for a try, and, despite a Lauren Hart try 12 minutes from time, San Diego saw out the 54-20 win.

ORSU managed a .500 record through six matches in Blue Conference play this season, but, like San Diego, missed out on a chance at the WPL Championship behind Glendale Raptors and Berkeley All Blues. Against D.C. Furies, ORSU took out some frustration.

Four tries after 22 minutes set up ORSU for success, with the Furies' lone first-half score coming from the boot of capped Eagle Kimber Rozier for a 27-3 lead after 40 minutes. Marjorie Olney swung the momentum DC's way in the second half with a try in the 41st minute - converted by Rozier - before San Juanita Moreno restored ORSU's lead to 32-10. Royce Beckett scored two tries in the final four minutes of the match to send ORSU to the fifth-place game with a 51-13 victory.

The Harlequins and Furies will kick off Sunday's Championship festivities with the seventh-place match at 9 a.m. MT. All matches from Infinity Park in Glendale will be streamed live on USA Rugby TV.