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Re: W League
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2007, 11:36:01 AM »
With the regular Divisional season over, the W League now goes into the end of season Conference and Divisional play offs.

The League Championship finals will be based in Rochester and the hosts, Rochester Raging Rhinos, get an automatic berth despite having an indifferent season.  The other three slots go to the winners of the the Central, Eastern and Western Conference titles.

Central Conference covers the Atlantic and Midwest Divisions and the title will be contested between the champions and runners-up of the two divisions.

Atlanta Silverbacks
Richmond Kickers Destiny
Minnesota Lightning
Michigan Hawks

Minnesota will host the Conference play-offs because of their superior regular season record.

Eastern Conference covers the North East and Northern Divisions and the title will be contested between the champions of the two divisions and the winners of two divisional play-offs between the 2nd/3rd placed teams in each division.

Ottawa Fury
Washington Freedom
Toronto Lady Lynx or Laval Comets
Jersey Sky Blue or Northern Virginia Majestics

Ottawa will host the Conference play-offs because of their superior regular season record.

Western Conference title is a straight play-off between the champions and runners-up in the Western Division.

San Diego Sunwaves
Seattle Sounders
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Re: W League
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2007, 09:31:42 AM »
Eastern Conference - Divisional Play-Offs

Jersey wins playoff opener 3-1
Sky Blue advance to conference playoff tournament
Jersey Sky Blue News Release - www.skybluesoccer.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

BEDMINSTER, NJ -- Tricia DiPaolo, Lara Dickenmann, and Katie Griffin all connected in the first half as Jersey Sky Blue cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Northern Virginia Majestics in the opening round of the W-League Eastern Conference playoffs at Drew University.

Sky Blue advances to face the Ottawa Fury on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the semifinal round in Ottawa. The Washington Freedom face the winner of tonight's game between the Toronto Lady Lynx and the Laval Comets in the other semifinal on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Sky Blue wasted no time taking control of the game with two goals in the back of the net before the 20-minute mark. Dickenmann helped open the scoring in the eighth minute when she ran onto a bad back pass and looped the ball over the head of Majestics goalkeeper Kerri Butler. DiPaolo ran onto the bouncing ball and stuffed it into the open net for the 1- 0 lead.

The teams traded chances with Butler diving to stop a left-footed shot from Dickenmann in the 10th minute and with Ashley Banks going just wide right from the top left corner of the box in the 16th minute for Northern Virginia's only shot of the opening half.

In the 19th minute, Sky Blue added to the lead when Gina DeMaio lifted a nice pass up the middle of the field for Dickenmann. The Swiss striker lobbed a shot over the head of a helpless Butler from 15 yards out to give Sky Blue a two-goal lead.

Butler's diving save off a DiPaolo header from a DeMaio cross in the 22nd minute was the best chance for Sky Blue until the 42nd minute when Griffin added a goal for the 3-0 lead. Erla Arnardóttir swerved a nice ball up the left side of the field for Leah Tapscott and she beat Butler to the ball lifting a pass into the center of the box for Griffin to head into the vacated goal.

Sky Blue held a 16-2 advantage in shots in the second half but it was the Majestics that got the board after halftime with both shots coming on the scoring play. Substitute Jasmine Riley cut in on the left side before firing a high shot that forced Sky Blue keeper Erin Guthrie to make a diving save. Guthrie couldn't hold the ball and the rebound bounced right to Banks to bury into the open goal.

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Re: W League
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2007, 09:36:48 AM »
Toronto clinch final Eastern Conference play-off spot

Lady Lynx rally past Laval 3-1 to advance
Toronto Lady Lynx News Release - www.lynxsoccer.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

TORONTO, ON -- The Toronto Lady Lynx picked a fine time to record their first-ever win over the Laval Comets, recording a 3-1 come-from-behind victory Wednesday at Centennial Park Stadium in the Division Round match-up.   

The Lady Lynx recorded three second-half tallies to sink the Comets and advance to the Eastern Conference finals this weekend being held in Ottawa.  Toronto will face the Northeast Division champion Washington Freedom at 2:00 PM at Keith Harris Stadium in the first semifinal.  The winner will face the winner of the second semifinal between the host Ottawa Fury and Jersey Sky Blue on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM in the Eastern Conference final.  The champion will represent the Eastern Conference in the W-League finals being held in Rochester the following weekend.

Laval opened the scoring early when Andreanne Gagne launched a mammoth shot to goal from 40 yards out, beating a leaping Justine Bernier in the Lynx goal to make the score 1-0 for the visitors in the 7th minute. 

The Lady Lynx, however, rallied quickly and began to push forward and attack their guests after the goal, but were unlucky on a number occasions and were not able to find the back of the net. The first half ended at 1-0 in favour of Laval.

Toronto continued to press after the interval, and within two minutes levelled the match.  Defender Lexi Marton, who was named to the W-League Team of the Week today after her strong performance in last week’s matches, recorded her first-ever goal to make the score 1-1 in the 47th minute.  Adrienne Ruhe Lischke corralled a loose ball inside the Laval penalty area and flicked it on to Marton, who chipped it past Marie-Pier Bilodeau in the Comets goal. 

Claire Ramsdale gave the Lady Lynx the lead ten minutes later when she also recorded her first W-League goal.  The English midfielder picked up a deflected ball inside the box and slammed it into the open Comets net to give the Lady Lynx their first lead of the evening at 2-1. 

Laval thought they had scored the equalizer one minute later, but the score was ruled offside and the game remained at 2-1 in favour of Toronto.

The Lady Lynx put the game away in the 70th minute when Stefania Morra headed home a brilliant left-footed cross from Danielle Blair to give the hosts a 3-1 lead.   

Laval battled to the end, but the Lady Lynx defense held, and the game ended in favour of the Lady Lynx.

The Lady Lynx will now make their second trip in three seasons to the Eastern Conference finals.  The club narrowly lost 2-0 to the Ottawa Fury in 2005 in the Conference Final, and will look to better that performance this weekend. 

The Washington Freedom, who joined the W-League from the now-defunct WUSA, present a formidable opponent for the Lady Lynx in their opening match, finishing the regular season a stellar 12-1-1 record and claiming the Northeast Division in their first season as a full-fledged member of the USL.  The club finished the season on a six-game winning streak, and boast a host of US Internationals and veterans of their 2003 WUSA championship squad. 

Head Coach Danny Stewart, however, expects his squad to be fully prepared for the encounter and looks forward to the challenge.  "We expect to win on Saturday.  We’ve matured as a squad as the season has progressed, and our performance tonight shows just how far we’ve came.  It’s exciting that we have the chance to move on and challenge for the W-League title."

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Re: W League
« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2007, 02:25:39 PM »
Divisional and Conference Play-Offs

Wednesday 25th July

Northern Division Play-Off
Toronto Lady Lynx 3 Laval Comets 1

North East Division Play-Off
Jersey Sky Blue 3 Northern Virginia Majestics 1

Friday 27th July

Central Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Minnesota)
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 Michigan Hawks 0
Minnesota Lightning 4 Richmond Kickers Destiny 2

Western Conference Play-Off Final (at San Diego)
San Diego Sunwaves 1 Seattle Sounders 2





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Re: W League
« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2007, 02:29:21 PM »
Atlanta grounds Hawks 4-0
Atlanta Silverbacks News Release - www.atlantasilverbacks.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

ATLANTA, GA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks Women showed no mercy in their first W-League playoff appearance tonight when they stunned the Michigan Hawks 4-0 at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Silverbacks will advance to play for the Central Conference Championship tomorrow night at 8:00 pm against the Minnesota Lightning.

The Silverbacks Women got on the board first in the 13th minute when Sarah Steinmann netted her sixth goal of the season. Krista Davey sent the ball into Steinmann just inside the Hawks’ defensive third of the field, where she dribbled into the box, beat the keeper, and recorded the Silverbacks’ first postseason goal.

The Silverbacks doubled their lead in the 45th minute just before end of the half when Melanie Schneider played ball into Davey who shot a ball into the box and it deflected off a Hawks defender and went into the net.

The Silverbacks Women would not settle for just a two goal lead as Steinman put away another goal in the 73rd minute from the top of the box off an assist from Kay Harbrueger.

Harbrueger scored a goal of her own in the 86th minute when she tackled a Michigan defender, beat the Hawks’ goalkeeper, and tapped the ball into the net.

The Silverbacks Women left the field with their first postseason win and trip to the Central Conference Championship.

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« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2007, 02:34:07 PM »
Lightning pull away in overtime 4-2
Minnesota Lightning News Release - www.mnthunder.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

ST PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Lightning defeated the Richmond Kickers Destiny 4-2 after an intense game that went into overtime. Caroline Smith scored three goals for the Lightning, two of them occurring in overtime to secure the win. The Lightning will play the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday at 7:05pm for the Central Conference Final.

It was a slow first few minutes for both teams, both teams only splitting about eight shots between them. The Lightning didn’t have a shot on goal in the first 15 minutes. In the 20th minute, the Lightning was looking to capitalize on a free kick by Caroline Smith. The shot went just wide for a Richmond possession.

The Lighting scored late into the first half, when Lyndsey Mueller was looking for a pass to Caroline Smith that went just over Smith’s head. The Richmond keeper was caught off guard and was on the ground along with Smith. Mueller’s shot trickled in the 38th minute, putting them up 1-0 to go into halftime.

The Lightning held off the Kickers late into the game. The most dangerous opportunity for Richmond came in the 40th minute when Karen Frederick took a free kick looking for Becky Saverbrunn. Sauerbrunn took the shot, but it went just wide for a Lightning goal kick.

The Lightning scored again in the 69th minute. After a ball from Jen Gaylor, Smith beat a defender and then the Richmond goalkeeper. Smith hit a ball into the open goal, scoring her first of three goals for the night.

Ann Gleason had a solid game, with 13 saves. In the 76th minute, Richmond’s leading scorer Jen Parsons went on a breakaway. Gleason came out fast, stopping the break before Richmond could score.

Richmond finally got on the board in the 79th minute. Savenbrunn was all alone with Gleason and finally got past the keeper. This made the score 2-1, but Richmond scored just shortly after in the 88th minute.

Sauerbrunn sent a ball from 30 yards out to Parsons. Parsons then hit the ball with the outside of her foot, finding the back of the net. This goal was crucial for the Kickers, and it sent the game into overtime, to see which team would advance to the conference championship.

The Lightning dominated the overtime, scoring twice in the short 30 minutes. Caroline Smith started her overtime scoring in the 103rd minute. After another assist from Gaylor, Smith beat Kickers defender Samara Stephen-Down and hit the ball just past the Richmond keeper. This put the Lightning up 3-2 early into the overtime.

Smith got her third and final goal of the game in the 110th minute. After an impressive attack against three defenders, Smith sent the ball soaring past the Richmond keeper for a Lightning goal and win. The Lightning finished the game winning 4-2 and advancing to the Central Conference Championship against the Atlanta Silverbacks. Kickoff is Saturday at 7:00pm.

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« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2007, 10:50:04 AM »
San Diego Sunwaves News Release - www.sandiegosunwaves.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

SAN DIEGO, CA -- The Seattle Sounders defeated the San Diego Sunwaves 2-1 in the Western Conference Championship playoff match before 848 fans at Southwestern College's DeVore Stadium on Friday night.

Sunwaves players were so confident of advancing to the USL W-League championship round next weekend in Rochester, New York that they'd already cancelled previous commitments, planning to be out of town the first week in August.

Apparently the Seattle Sounders weren't aware of those plans, as their steady, aggressive play derailed the Sunwaves travel plans and hopes for a championship in their inaugural season.

Seattle, essentially the wild card team that the Sunwaves beat in the season finale last Sunday in San Diego to claim the Western Conference Championship, prevailed last night, also winning the season series 3-1.

Similar to last week's match, the Sunwaves opened the scoring when USD's Amy Epsten scored at the 30 minute mark putting the ball past former San Diego Spirit and WUSA star goalie Carly Smolak for a 1-0 lead. Jayme Cargnoni was credited with the assist.

But Seattle answered quickly, at the 34th minute when the Sounders Dani Bridges headed in a jump ball near the Sunwaves goal for a score. Malia Arrant received the assist. The half ended in a 1-1 tie.

The second half was fairly even until the 60th minute when Seattle's Lyndsay Patterson put in a Michelle French feed for a 2-1 lead.

And despite a flurry of Sunwaves chances, that's how the game and the Sunwaves season would end, with a disappointing 2-1 loss and elimination from the playoffs.

"We were just a little off our game," commented Coach Elio Bello on the loss. "Seattle's a good team and they capitalized on a couple of our mistakes. They played a well-organized game. And we didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had."

Despite the loss the all agreed Sunwaves have much to be proud of and build upon. Taking into account that the Sunwaves are the new iteration of the former San Diego Gauchos; this inaugural Sunwaves team went from worst to first. Bello's optimistic for the future, saying that all the players, including Mexican superstar Maribel Dominguez want to come back and play for the Sunwaves next year.

"We've added quite a bit of talent since the last Gauchos team," added Sunwaves Goalkeeper Sophia Perez, a former Gauchos player. "It's amazing what a year can bring. We're a very good team that will be around for quite awhile."

Team co-owner Scott McDermand echoed Bello's and Perez's sentiments. "We're very proud of these girls. They're not only amazing athletes, but great role models. They played their hearts out all year and had a great season. We're so impressed with how they've carried themselves, both on and off the field."

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« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2007, 10:53:42 AM »
Conference Play-Offs

Saturday 28th July

Central Conference Play-Off Final  (at Minnesota)
Minnesota Lightning 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 5

Eastern Conference Play-Off Semi-Finals (at Ottawa)
Ottawa Fury 4 Jersey Sky Blue 0
Washington Freedom 6 Toronto Lady Lynx 1

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« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2007, 10:58:50 AM »
Backs blast Lightning 5-2
Atlanta moves on to W-League Championship
Minnesota Lightning News Release - www.mnthunder.com

Saturday, July 28, 2007

ST PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Lightning came up short against the Atlanta Silverbacks in the Central Conference Championship Saturday night. The Silverbacks scored four of their goals in the first 30 minutes of the game. The Lightning couldn’t come back from the five goal deficit, and their season ended.

The Lightning played a hard game the night before, going into overtime with the Richmond Kickers Destiny. With no more than 24 hours to recover, it seemed the Lightning was a bit worn out from 120 minutes of play from the night before.

The Silverbacks started the scoring early in the 4th minute. Krista Davey chipped a ball to Christine Latham who put the ball past Ann Gleason for a Silverbacks goal very early in the first half.

The Silverbacks scored again in the 16th minute. Sharlota Nonen took a free kick looking for Melanie Schneider. Schneider hit the ball high over Gleason and the Silverbacks secured a 2-0 lead.

In the 22nd minute, the Silverback scored again. Davey beat a tired Lightning defense and was all alone with Gleason. She scored again for Atlanta, making the score 3-0.

The Silverbacks continued their scoring streak in the 30th minute. Nonen took a cornerkick for Atlanta, looking to get Latham her second goal of the game. Latham collected the ball and sent it past Gleason for the fourth Silverback goal very early in the game.

It seemed there was no hope for the Lightning until the closing minutes of the game. In the 85th minute Lindsey Schwartz sent a ball to leading scorer Caroline Smith. Smith beat three Silverback defenders and then hit the ball passed keeper Courtney Cripps. This made the score 5-1 Silverbacks.

The Lightning fought until the end of the game. Smith was fouled inside the Silverbacks penalty box and the Lightning was awarded a penalty kick. Smith lined up to take the kick and scored, making the score 5-2 in the 86th minute.

The Lightning couldn’t seem to get the three goals they needed in the short time, ending the game 5-2 in favor of Atlanta. The Lightning ended their season at an impressive 11-2-1 and 34 points. Atlanta will go on to play in the W-League Final Four in Rochester, New York.

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« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2007, 09:47:19 AM »
Ottawa blanks Sky Blue 4-0
Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com

Saturday, July 28, 2007

OTTAWA, ON -- The Fury soared past Jersey Sky Blue 4-0 this evening at Keith Harris Stadium, Carleton University to set up an intriguing Eastern Conference playoff final tomorrow evening at 5:00 PM against the Washington Freedom.

The Freedom had a comfortable 6-1 victory over the Toronto Lady Lynx in the first semi-final held earlier in the day. The winner of this weekend’s Conference finals will advance to the W-League Championship finals to be held next weekend in Rochester, New York.

The Fury and Sky Blue sparred with each other for the first 15 minutes with both sides showing perhaps too much respect to the other. Rachael Axon shot wide following a free kick early on and Kelly Parker and Jodie Taylor combined to force Erin Guthrie in the Sky Blue goal to save from Taylor. Both sides looked a little nervy at the back and it took a great save from Fury keeper Vanessa Bosshart-Phillips to keep the dangerous W-League leading scorer Lara Dickenmann off the score sheet.

The Fury would take the lead in the 30th minute when a through ball from Kelly Parker was converted by Jodie Taylor who held off a defender and best the onrushing Guthrie to the ball. It was Bosshart-Phillips to the rescue again in the 34th minute when she made a point blank save from Dickenmann after good work by Leah Tapscott. At the other end, Parker set Anne Hamel in down the right hand side and from Hamel’s pull back, Taylor’s fierce shot went narrowly wide. In the 41st minute, the Fury almost made it two when Parker pulled the ball back for Taylor whose shot was deflected across goal.

The second half started slowly with the Fury holding most of the possession for the first ten minutes. Gradually, the Fury began to create the better chances. In the 55th minute Parker just failed to turn home across from Hamel and ten minutes later Hamel fed Taylor whose shot screamed across the goalmouth. It was Taylor who broke the game open in the 68th minute when she took a pass from Anna Laue and ghosted her way around two Sky Blue defenders before slipping the ball past Guthrie into the net. The Sky Blue responded with a series of offensive substitutions but the Fury defence held firm with Faye White dominant in the aerial challenges.

In the 71st minute, Anna Laue sealed the game when she rose to head a fine cross from Hamel past the diving Guthrie. With Sky Blue pressing forward, a defensive mistake allowed Hamel to run in alone and shoot past the advancing Guthrie to make the score 4-0. There was still time for the Sky Blue’s Icelandic international Erla Arnadottir to hit the cross bar in the 78th minute and go close again in injury time.

The Washington Freedom advanced to Sunday’s playoff final after a comfortable 6-1 victory over the Toronto Lady Lynx. The Freedom established their superiority in the first half with two goals from Lori Lindsay and one from Christie Welsh. In the second half they added three more through Katie Watson, Kelly Hammond and Jill Porto. Alyssha Chapman got the Lynx on the score sheet.

The W-League regular season champions and #1 seed Ottawa Fury will now play the #2 seed Freedom for the right to go to the W-League Championships in Rochester where, as a result of the seedings, the winner will play the host Rochester Rhinos Women in the second semi-final on Friday night.

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« Reply #30 on: July 30, 2007, 09:50:16 AM »
Freedom fly past Lady Lynx 6-1
Win puts Freedom versus Fury for conference title
Toronto Lady Lynx News Release - www.lynxsoccer.com

Saturday, July 28, 2007

TORONTO, ON -- The Toronto Lady Lynx' 2007 W-League playoff run ended this afternoon with a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Washington Freedom in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final at Keith Harris Stadium in Ottawa. 

The Freedom will now advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the host Ottawa Fury, who defeated the Jersey Sky Blue 4-0 in the other semi-final this afternoon. 

The Lady Lynx return home proudly with a stellar 8-4-2 record including regular season and playoff games in 2007.

Washington, a legacy of the champions of the now-defunct professional WUSA in 2003, dominated the match from the opening whistle, taking full advantage of their edge in experience over the young Lady Lynx team.  The Freedom scored three first-half tallies to take a 3-0 lead, and take control of the match. 

Veteran Lori Lindsey, a member of the 2003 WUSA championship team, opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and quickly made the score 2-0 with a second goal in the 26th minute. 

United States National Team striker Christie Welsh, who set up the opener, found the net five minutes later, and the route was on for the Freedom.   

The Lady Lynx fought gamely throughout the match, and tenacious midfielder Allysha Chapman slammed home a Brittany Bisnott feed to make the score 4-1 in the 78th minute, after midfielder Katie Watson had given Washington a 4-0 lead two minutes earlier. 

Kelly Hammond and Jill Porto added tallies in the 80th and 90th minutes respectively to round out the scoring for the Freedom.

"I'm proud of how the team played today and all season all season," said Lady Lynx head coach Danny Stewart after the loss.  "Today was a tough game against a very experienced team, and our girls played very well despite the scoreline.   We gained a lot of experience today though, and we will use it to our advantage next year.  We went one step further this year than last and we will use today to build towards taking the next step in 2008."

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« Reply #31 on: July 30, 2007, 09:53:30 AM »
Conference Play-Offs

Sunday 29th July

Eastern Conference Play-Off Final (at Ottawa)
Ottawa Fury 0 Washington Freedom 1


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« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2007, 10:43:57 AM »
Freedom end Ottawa's semifinal streak
Welsh goal send Washington to W-League Championship
Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com

Sunday, July 29, 2007

OTTAWA, ON -- For the first time in five seasons, the Fury will not be going to the W-League Championship Final Four. A Christie Welsh goal in the 24th minute was enough to send the Washington Freedom, 1-0, to next weekend’s finals in Rochester, NY as the Eastern Conference champions. The Freedom will join the Atlanta Silverbacks, Seattle Sounders and host Rochester Rhinos in the final four.

Despite losing six players to the Canadian National team residency program, the Fury had put together an unbeaten regular season and reached the conference championship game Sunday by knocking off third-seeded Jersey Sky Blue 4-0.

The Fury started the game without the leadership of co-captain Kelly Parker who was nursing a groin injury. Head coach Frank Lofranco was forced to reshuffle his line up and it showed as the Fury were put under pressure by the Freedom and made uncharacteristic errors throughout the half. 

US international Christie Welsh showed all her experience in the 14th minute as she turned Faye White on the edge of the box, but fortunately for the Fury she shot wide.

Welsh would find the target on the 24th minute however when she netted a goal which would eventually prove to be the game winner. Australian international Kelly Golebiowski put Welsh in behind the Fury defence and she slotted the ball past Vanessa Bosshart-Phillips in the Fury goal.

Lori Lindsay caused the Fury problems throughout the half. She had a shot deflected which was saved by Bosshart-Phillips, shot wide when well placed and then set up a chance for Welsh which was brilliantly saved by the Fury keeper.

The Fury were fortunate to be only down a goal at the half. They regrouped at halftime and introduced Parker into the game. The move brought dividends as the Fury began to press the Freedom.

In the 54th minute it looked like the Fury had equalized but Marie-Eve Nault’s pile driver of a shot rebounded off the far post into play.

While trying to remain patient, the Fury pushed more and more players forward as the half progressed. This left openings at the back which Lindsay almost capitalized on but shot wide, and substitute Ali Andrzejewski hit a post when clear through the Fury defence.

The Fury mounted a series of attacks in the final minutes in search of a goal but despite close efforts from Faye White and Anna Laue, the Freedom were to carry the day. The shots were even at 6 and Katie Spisak earned the shutout for the Freedom.

The Fury finish the season as W-League regular season champions and with a record of 12-1-1 but the W-League championship remains as elusive as ever.

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« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2007, 08:21:32 PM »
League Championship Play-Offs

Friday 3rd August

Semi Finals (in Rochester, NY)
Atlanta Silverbacks 4 Seattle Sounders 1
Washington Freedom 3 Rochester Raging Rhinos 0

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« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2007, 10:50:20 AM »
League Championship Play-Offs

Sunday 5th August

3rd Place Play-Off
Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 Seattle Sounders 2

Championship Final
Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Washington Freedom 3

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« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2007, 07:30:48 PM »
Washington Wins 2007 W-League Title
US international Christie Welsh leads Freedom to championship
USL News Release

Sunday, August 5, 2007

ROCHESTER, NY -- The Washington Freedom rode two first half goals in Rochester, New York Sunday to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks to capture the 2007 W-League Championship in their first season in the league.

Washington set the tone immediately with a goal less than a minute into the match when Rebecca Moros split the Atlanta defense on the right side of the box and sent a 16-yard shot over the reach of goalkeeper Courtney Cripps into the far side of the goal.

Semifinal standout Sarah Huffman set up the second goal to double the lead in the 40th minute when she sent a perfect through ball past the back line of the Silverbacks to an on-rushing Christie Welsh. The US international, who spent part of the season in the Women’s National Team camp, put the shot past Cripps for what proved to be the game-winner.

“It was a great ball,” said Welsh, who was honored as the W-League Championship Most Valuable Player. “Sarah Huffman has been playing great for us all year and she played a perfect ball through and I just had to find the corner.”

Atlanta put some life into the match in the 67th minute when Sarah Steinman took the ball on the right flank from a pair of Washington defenders and sent a cross into the box. Flying into the penalty area from the left side, Krista Davey got to the end of the cross and cut the lead in half from eight yards out.

“They picked it up big time and we did a great job of connecting with each other and keeping our rhythm even though they were down our throats for a bit,” said Welsh. “We came out and played a great game today and I’m proud of the way our team performed.”

Second half sub Tiffany McCarty put away a mishandled save in the 88th minute to put the match away for the Freedom. Jill Porto created the goal when she danced her way into the box from the left flank and beat two Silverbacks defenders before letting loose a low line drive. Cripps saw the shot slip through her hands and between her legs as she dropped to the turf, allowing the 16-year old McCarty to crash in on goal and outstretch an Atlanta defender to tap in the insurance strike.

The Freedom, winners of the 2003 WUSA Founder’s Cup III championship, took home their second USL championship following last year’s USL Super-20 Women’s Championship. Starters Kele Golebiowski, Lori Lindsey and Casey Zimney were all members of the 2003 championship team. Super-20 champions Katherine Watson and Chante Sandiford were with the team in Rochester. Watson saw 16 minutes off the bench in the semifinals while Sandiford, the Super-20 Championship MVP last year, did not see action serving as the back-up goalkeeper.

Sounders earns Third Place hat-trick

For the third time in as many trips to the W-League final four, the Seattle Sounders side won the consolation match to earn a Third Place finish in the league, downing the host Rochester Rhinos in a back-and-forth 2-1 decision Sunday. They previously finished third in 2003 and 2006.

After controlling much of the play in the first half and outshooting the Rhinos, 13-4, the Sounders came out firing in the second, and took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute courtesy of Malia Arrant’s first goal of the postseason. The Sounders midfielder placed a right-footed strike from 20 yards out past a diving McKenzie and into the lower left corner of the net.

Rochester seemed to have tied the game in the 68th minute, but midfielder Erica Henderson’s goal was called back because of an offside play.

Kinmond was onside in the 70th minute, however, when she brushed off three defenders and stuck a right-footed shot from ten yards inside the left post. The 15-year-old Kinmond will enter her sophomore year at Spencerport High School this fall.

Seattle’s game-winner came off the head of Arica Slawson in the 75th minute following a strong cross from Pulse on the right side.

Kinmond nearly tied the score again in the 78th minute, but Seattle defender Nicole Martinez kept the Rhinos youngster at bay in a one-on-one situation inside the penalty area.

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« Reply #36 on: September 28, 2007, 12:39:25 PM »
RailHawks add W-League team
Women's soccer returns to Carolina at SAS
Carolina RailHawks News Release - www.carolinarailhawks.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

CARY, NC -- The Carolina RailHawks announced on Wednesday night the formation of a USL W-League women’s soccer team for the 2008 season.

The Carolina RailHawks Women will play home games in the Atlantic Division of the USL W-League at SAS Soccer Park in Cary. The team will be coached by Jay Howell, Director of Coaching for the Capital Area Soccer League and will be comprised by some of the best talent the Triangle has to offer. Star players from Duke, NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill as well as Wake Forest University and UNC-Greensboro have already agreed to be a part of the team.

“The Triangle has a tradition of producing fantastic women’s soccer teams and players at the club and collegiate level,” said Jay Howell. “Like the Raleigh Wings and the Carolina Courage in the past, this team will showcase the best soccer talent from this area and beyond. I am excited and honored to coach the new W-League team. This will be a wonderful opportunity to work with high quality players, and to represent the Carolina RailHawks organization.”

The W-League is the USL’s highest level of women’s soccer in the US and Canada. Founded in 1995, the 2007 season was comprised of thirty-five teams divided in four conferences playing twelve or fourteen regular season matches. The W-League is also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The W-League features some of the top players in the world; fifty-four current and former W-League players are currently participating in the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China representing nine countries and seventeen current W-League teams.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing women’s soccer back to the Triangle,” said Carolina RailHawks President and GM Chris Economides. “This will be a great addition to the ever growing Carolina RailHawks Family.”

This new W-League franchise is not the first women’s soccer team to live in the Triangle. The Raleigh Wings were the area’s first elite women’s soccer team and were arguably the best club team in the world at the time, dominating play in the W-League between 1998 and 2000 with players like Wendy Gebauer, Siri Mullinix and Carla Overbeck. Overbeck was one of the founding members of the Carolina Courage of the now defunct Women’s United Soccer Association, who in 2002 and 2003 took residence at SAS Soccer Park bringing soccer fans to the stadium to enjoy professional soccer.

“The Carolina Courage were such a big part of this community when they were here, from 2001-2003, that we felt an obligation to bring a women’s team back to the Triangle,” said Carolina RailHawks VP of Marketing and former Carolina Courage Sponsorship Director Brad Myers. “The fact that the now defunct WUSA was unsuccessful was not indicative of the Courage’s success in this area. From community relations, to sponsorships, to attendance, the Courage was a leader in the league and a model for other women’s franchises. We hope to emulate that success and put a quality product on the field as well as a team that is active in the community in which they play.”

The Carolina RailHawks continue to have a strong impact in the community both on and off the field. The addition of the W-League will further the success the RailHawks organization and help them soar to new heights in 2008.

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« Reply #37 on: October 06, 2007, 07:47:58 PM »
Outrage for new Kalamazoo club
Expansion side unveils name and logo for PDL, W-League teams
Kalamazoo Outrage News Release - www.tkosoccer.org

Friday, October 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO, MI – TKO Premier Soccer Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan officially unveiled the name and logo of its expansion Premier Development League and W-League teams. The Kalamazoo Outrage will take the field in the summer of 2008.

The Kalamazoo Outrage name was one of two finalists that were selected from over 100 entries to the “Name the PDL and W-League Contest” that was held last spring. A vote was held on the TKO Premier Soccer website, and The Kalamazoo Outrage received the most votes.

The winning name was submitted by 14-year old Alyssa Davison of Mattawan. Alyssa said that she pick the name because it sounded “intimidating and cool,” She stated, “It would be really neat to someday be able to play on a team that you named.” As winner of the contest, Alyssa will receive a family season ticket for 2008, a team jersey, and a team gear package.

“It was nice to get the community involved in the naming of these soccer teams,” said TKO President Doug Hammerberg. “When it comes down to it, these are community soccer teams, and we felt that it was imperative that the community have a voice in naming them.”

The idea for the Kalamazoo Outrage logo was developed over several months in collaboration with a University of Michigan-bound artist and a local web designer. The club name TKO has been undefined since the inception of the club and we wanted the Outrage logo to maintain some of the same mysteriousness.

Simon Borst sketched the original design loosely basing it on a Raptor.

“When we first started considering logos and design concepts we wanted to represent more of an emotion instead of an object or mascot. We wanted simple, different. In the beginning several attempts and ideas were presented. None of it seemed right. Our patience paid off. We are very pleased with the result and have had a lot of positive feedback. Simon has held true to TKO. The creature depicted in the logo is ambiguous, without a true definition."

The color and style of the Kalamazoo Outrage logos also match the new TKO club logo in design.

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« Reply #38 on: October 17, 2007, 08:03:44 PM »
W-League expands to Palisades in LA
Blues to be guided by experienced coaching staff
USL News Release

Monday, October 15, 2007

TAMPA, FL -- It was announced today that the Pacific Palisades in the greater Los Angeles area will be the home of the newest W-League expansion team, the Pali Blues. California businessmen Ali Mansouri and Rudi Bianchi announced that they have secured the rights to the new team, which will be headed up by successful W-League coach Charlie Naimo.

“We have always been impressed by the high level of support and participation in women’s soccer among the Palisades residents,” Mansouri commented. “We have always been interested in bringing the highest level team soccer team to the area, and now our dream has been fulfilled.”

Mansouri, a former college soccer player in Ohio, has lived in the Pacific Palisades since 1999. He serves as the President and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Blues Soccer Club, Inc. Bianchi was born in Italy and has lived in the Pacific Palisades since 1985. The Milan native has seen a lifetime of success in soccer at both the playing and coaching level. He has also served in many organizational and management positions in the world of soccer, including his serving on the organizing committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The Pali Blues will be the third business the two proprietors operate under the L.A. Blues Soccer Club banner.

Also announced was the hiring of Kenzo Bergeron to the position of Director of Operations. In addition to experience, Bergeron brings a sincere passion and respect for the women’s game to the Pali Blues.

“For too long, there has been a shortage of pro quality environments for the highly talented female player to demonstrate their talents,” Bergeron stated. “Now they will have one right here in the LA area.”

Bergeron grew up in the West Los Angeles area and has coached soccer for over ten years. He is currently the director of a local soccer camp and coaches the Crossroads School Girls’ Varsity soccer team.

“I believe that the Pali Blues Soccer Club has great potential to succeed in the Palisades, which is why we chose this area as a home site,” Bergeron continued. “I believe that the Palisades will welcome our club and players. The formation of this club is exciting, and I know that we will stand out as one of the best women’s soccer organizations in the country.”

The Pali Blues announced that former W-League Coach of the Year, Charlie Naimo, will serve as the club’s inaugural head coach and general manager, while Skylar Little will handle the assistant coaching duties.

“I have no doubt that we will put together a championship-caliber team this season,” Naimo predicted. “The Pali Blues organization is very welcoming, and I look forward to getting everything started on and off the field.”

Over the last four seasons, Naimo has amassed an astounding 53-3-0 regular season coaching record. He coached this past season for Jersey Sky Blue. The first-year franchise finished 12-2-0 in the regular season before falling to the Ottawa Fury in the conference championship semifinal. The club led the league in goals for and goals against while producing the W-League’s Most Valuable Player, Lara Dickenmann.

“We believe that Charlie possesses the skills to create a winning tradition for our club,” Pali Blues co-owner Ali Mansouri said in reference to Naimo’s hiring. “His enthusiasm for the game is matched only by his record of success.”

Naimo first put on the head coaching hat in 1998 with the Central Jersey Splash and shortly after was honored as the W-League Coach of the Year in 1999. After a stop with the New Brunswick (NJ) Power, he took over a struggling New Jersey Wildcats club, and with the assistance of the team’s ownership orchestrated an entire reconstruction of the organization. In his three seasons with the team, Naimo compiled a 41-1-0 regular season record, leading the club to regular season titles in 2004 and 2006 while winning the W-League championship in 2005. In 2005 the Wildcats were named the USL Franchise of the Year.

“Charlie has a wealth of experience working with players at all levels and has an unbelievable pool of players from which to draw,” Pali Blues Director of Operations Kenzo Bergeron stated. “The southern California soccer culture will embrace Charlie as a professional and hard-working talent.”

In addition to the hiring of Naimo, the Pali Blues announced that former WUSA player Skylar Little will assume the role of assistant coach. Along with her twin sister, Jacqui, the Palisades native was regarded as one of the best players to emerge from the region. Little started every game over her four-year college career at UCLA, filling a trophy case along the way. Her sophomore year, she was named the team’s Most Improved Player before being named team captain prior to her junior year. In addition to being named an All-America honorable mention that season, the UCLA Most Valuable Player was named to the NSCAA All-Far West team and the Soccer Buzz All-West first team. She was again named club captain and Most Valuable Player her senior year. Little went on to play in the Women’s United Soccer Association for the Washington Freedom for the three years that the league was in existence.

“I am really excited about the idea of having a W-League team in the Palisades,” Little commented. “I believe that it is a team that the community will really support.”

Bergeron also expressed his happiness regarding the hiring of Little.

“Skylar is regarded as one of the most talented female players to ever emerge from this area,” he continued. “The relationships that she has with her alma maters, Marymount High School and UCLA, will be very important for our club.”

The Pali Blues logo incorporates the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean for which the city of Pacific Palisades is known as ‘Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.’ The town is a well known area in LA famous for former residents California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and 40th US President Ronald Reagan, as well as movie mogul Steven Spielberg.

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« Reply #39 on: October 17, 2007, 11:08:13 PM »
Quite a controversial move, really. The W League and WPSL are rivals of about the same standard. For a club to switch between them is rare.

FC Indiana joins W-League
W-League returns to Indianapolis in 2008
USL News Release

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced Wednesday that FC Indiana, a successful and established women’s team in the United States, has acquired the W-League franchise rights for Indianapolis and will begin play in the 2008 season in the Midwest Division.

“We are thrilled to have FC Indiana join the W-League family,” said USL Executive Vice President and COO Tim Holt. “We have always felt that their club, on and off the field, met the high standards of the W-League, and have no doubt that they will match the excellence already displayed by many of our clubs.”

Established in 2001, FC Indiana has dominated the WPSL since 2004, winning league championships in 2005 and 2007. They also captured the 2005 USASA Women’s National Open Cup and reached the 2007 final. The team is coached by Shek Borkowski, who has a record of 46-5-3 with the team. Under Borkowski, FC Indiana has been unbeaten at home for the last three years.

“Joining the W-League represents a new and exciting challenge for all our players and coaching staff,” said Borkowski. “There are some very good teams in our division, and I’m aware of the dangerous players such as Caroline Smith from Minnesota who played for me before, so we expect a very tough competition in every match.”

Like many W-League clubs, FC Indiana has grown beyond just a women’s team, incorporating a youth program and a recently-opened indoor facility, which is home to their office in Lafayette, Indiana. The 60,000 square foot multi-level facility houses an indoor training field on one floor with the offices, locker rooms, and exercise facility on the other.

At the close of their 2007 season, FC Indiana defeated the Women’s World Cup-bound New Zealand Women’s National Team 1-0 in an international friendly. The club also boasts wins over the Women’s National Teams of Australia and Trinidad and Tobago.

The core players from the 2007 championship winning squad including Mexican international and last season’s team’s leading goal scorer Monica Ocampo, Australian Aivi Luik, and former NCAA Division I standouts Christie Shaner (Notre Dame), Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), and Lisa Grubb (Ohio State) are expected to return for the 2008 season. The team will play its home games at Kuntz Memorial Stadium in Indianapolis, the previous home of the Indiana Blaze (W-League) and Blast (USL First Division).

Club ownership is also involved with the ownership group led by highly regarded soccer executive Peter Wilt for the Chicago-based team committed to the new professional women’s soccer league set to begin play in 2009. They would be the third W-League franchise directly involved in the launch of the new league, joining Jersey Sky Blue and the former WUSA side Washington Freedom.

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