After facing off with current Southwest Division leader Fresno Fuego on Saturday, the SD Zest wrap up their three-game homestand against their cross-town rival Southern California Surf on Wednesday at San Diego High School. This will be the second time the two squads face each other since the first week of the season in which the Zest came out with a 1-0 road victory. While the teams have gone on different paths since then, this game is of no less importance particularly with regards to playoff aspirations. “We want to close the season strong and play the way we are capable of playing”, said Zest defender Edgar Garcia. “We came out with the victory the first time because we competed in every play and that is what we plan to do again”. The Surf currently sit in fourth place of the division standings and still have an outside chance of making the playoffs if they finish with three victories and San Francisco City FC stumbles once in their final two games. While the Zest can no longer reach the playoffs, a victory over the Surf would all but eliminate them from post-season contention considering the two opponents San Francisco City has left on their schedule. “It will be another great test for us regardless”, said Zest forward Patrick McGrath. “The first game was very intense and hard-fought by both sides. This game should be no different considering what is at stake and how close we are to the end of the season”. McGrath, who scored the game-winning goal against the Surf in week one, is expected to see a lot of playing time once against this time around. The problem for the Zest this season has come on the offensive side of the ball having only scored 11 goals so far in 2017 which averages out to only one goal per game. Last year the team scored 29 goals in their 15 games (14 regular season and one playoff). The team, however, has been relatively solid on the defensive side of the ball with the exception of the June 8th game against Fresno when the Zest gave up five goals in the first half. As they did the first time around, the SD Zest will once again face off with former teammates Yuki Hata, Adam Allmaras, and Andrew Stalboerger all of whom were an integral part of the team making the playoffs last season. Ironically, if the Zest manage to sweep the season series on Wednesday, this would not be the entire reason why the So Cal Surf were eliminated from the playoffs. The other reason would be a home loss the Surf suffered on June 14th against Orange County SC U23 which account’s for that team’s only victory so far this season. “This will be out last game at home this season and nothing would make us and the fans happier than getting the win”, Garcia added. The game against So Cal Surf kicks off at 4 pm on Wednesday and will be played at San Diego High School.