Portillo, Vallentine Prepare for 2010 PDL Playoffs
Friday, July 30, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – As the 2010 USL Premier Development League playoffs get underway this weekend, two members of the 2010 FGCU men’s soccer team will be part of the competition. With Friday evening victories, junior Josey Portillo’s (Metairie, La.) Baton Rouge Capitals and sophomore Westin Vallentine’s (Spring, Texas) Houston Leones would meet in the Southern Conference Regional Finals.

“We are happy to have Josey and Wes representing FGCU and our program in the PDL playoffs. We wish them both good luck, and hope they continue their successful seasons with their respective clubs,” said FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn.

Portillo finished the regular season with 12 appearances, scoring five points off a goal and two assists in 729 minutes played. Meanwhile, Vallentine accumulated 11 points in his nine appearances, netting five goals and assisting another in 353 minutes played.

The Mississippi Brilla’s will host the Southern Conference Championship, opening against the 7-5-4 Houston Leones, second in the Mid South Division after winning a tiebreaker against the DFW Tornados. On the other side of the Southern Conference bracket, The Laredo Heat (9-5-2) captured the Mid South Division title and will take on the Baton Rouge Capitals, who finished second in the Southeast Division at 9-2-3.

Southern Conference Championship (At Mississippi)
Friday, July 30
#1 Laredo Heat vs. #2 Baton Rouge Capitals, 5 p.m. CT
#1 Mississippi Brilla vs. #2 Houston Leones, 7:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, August 1
Semifinal 1 Winner vs. Semifinal 2 Winner, 7 p.m. CT