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Fort Collins Force/Colorado Force
« on: May 23, 2009, 09:04:58 PM »
Missed this announcement at the tail end of last year.

Colorado Force FC Name Change
11/11/2008

Colorado Force FC is the new name for the women's Northern Colorado franchise of the United Soccer Leagues W-League.

Formerly the Fort Collins Force, the new name 'reflects the expansion of our team's geographic reach and embraces our growing audience of fans and participants,' said Colorado Force owner Amy Snider.

The name change is effective immediately.

http://www.forcesoccer.org/force/news.asp?action=det&id=231

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Re: Fort Collins Force/Colorado Force
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2009, 09:15:51 PM »
Force set to start season strong

28th April 2009
 
Stocked with 13 returning starters from last season, the Colorado Force FC will kick off its 2009 W-League campaign on May 27 with a home match against the Seattle Sounders.

The Force FC roster features two national standouts Nikki Marshall and Carly Peetz, both recently invited to the pool of potential players for U.S. Women’s Under-23 National Team.

Marshall, a midfielder for the Force last summer, was among the top performers last fall for the U.S. Under-20 side’s World Cup title in Chile. Marshall anchored the U.S. team’s defense, and was named Woman of the Match in the championship game against North Korea. Marshall plays collegiately for the University of Colorado, and was a high school standout at Skyline High School in Longmont.

“I’m very excited Nikki Marshall will be consistently available to play with us and not have her U.S. National team training obligations,” said Force Head Coach Craig Deacon, who is back for his fifth straight season. Marshall was forced to miss several games in the 2008 season while the U.S. U-20 team was involved in World Cup qualifying play.

Carly Peetz, one of the W-League’s top central defenders in 2008, returns to the Force after achieving All-Big 12 honors for the University of Nebraska. Peetz, from Lincoln, Neb., has also previously played for the U-20 and U-21 national teams. Two of Peetz’ Nebraska teammates will be joining the Force, Shay Powell and Molly Thomas, could also be instrumental for the team’s success.

Powell was Nebraska’s leading scorer last fall, and was a member of the W-League’s Ottawa Fury in 2008 and was also named to the W-League National Team. “Shay Powell is a proven scorer and was an impact player for Nebraska and Ottawa. I’m confident she’ll treat Force fans to some spectacular goals.”

As a freshman, Thomas made the Big 12’s all-newcomer team and was second to Powell in scoring for the Cornhuskers.

Other returning regulars from the 2008 season include: Sara Campbell, Sally Cole, Emmalie Pfankuch, Alex Cousins, Cayla Deacon, Maggie Doe, Estelle Johnson, Lisa Kosena, Kara Linder, Mo Smunt and Julie Williford. Cousins (Colorado), Doe (Loyola, Chicago), Johnson (Kansas) and Pfankuch (North Carolina) are all Fort Collins-area high school stars who currently playing Division I college soccer.

“One of the most exciting things is that we’ll be bringing nucleus of team back together,” Deacon said. “Previously, we’ve only had a handful of returning core players. It’s huge to not have to rebuild that nucleus. That said, the depth of the team is likely the biggest change between this team and last years. In 2008, we had 10 good starters, but will now have depth to push us through the deep part of season.”

http://www.forcesoccer.org/force/news.asp?action=det&id=242

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Re: Fort Collins Force/Colorado Force
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2009, 06:27:12 PM »
Force v Pali Blues - W-League Western Conference playoff

Colrado Force site
23rd July 2009

The Colorado Force makes its return to W-League post-season play when it visits defending W-League champion Pali Blues at 8 p.m. MDT Saturday, July 25, at the Stadium-By-The-Sea in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Saturday’s match marks the first playoff appearance for the Force since 1998, when the club won the W-League’s W2 national championship.

Colorado secured its playoff opportunity last weekend when the Force defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 on Friday, then stood by as Pali downed the Seattle Sounders 4-1. The combination of the Force win and the Sounders loss helped Colorado lock up second place in the W-League’s Western Conference and a right to play Pali in the conference playoff round.

'The side has worked very hard to earn this opportunity. If we can carry the momentumfrom our last three wins into this match, then I like our chances. We've had strong performances against Pali in the past, so I expect our confidence to be high.'

Pali, 9-0-3, won the conference for the second straight year. The Blues have been undefeated since entering the W-League last summer, with a combined record of 23-0-3. Colorado finished 4-2-6 this season. In their two regular-season matches, Colorado and Pali tied 0-0 at Loveland Sports Park on June 14, but Pali topped the Force 3-0 in Pacific Palisades on July 10.

After the July 10th match, Charlie Naimo, Pali coach, said “Tonight was a great result against a very strong team,” observed Blues head coach Charlie Naimo. “I thought they were our toughest opponent last year and I still think they are a top team in this conference. We are happy that we are starting to find the back of the net.”

The Blues will also welcome international superstar Marta and her WPS Los Angeles Sol teammates to the Pali High School Stadium-by-the-Sea for the showdown with the Force. At halftime, the Sol will hold a special on-field autograph session for fans.

In all, 12 teams qualified for the W-League playoffs in the league’s three conferences. Regular-season champion Hudson Valley Quickstrike automatically qualified for the semifinal round. The 11 other qualifiers are battling for the other three semifinal positions.

http://www.forcesoccer.org/force/news.asp?action=det&id=266

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Re: Fort Collins Force/Colorado Force
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2009, 06:31:09 PM »
Force loses playoff heartbreaker 5-2 to Pali Blues

Pacific Palisades - 25th July 2009
 
After building a 2-1 lead in the second half against the defending W-League champion, the Colorado Force fell 5-2 to the Pali Blues in the first round of the W-League playoffs.

The Force took a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute on a goal by Nikki Marshall. Pali tied the match in the 75th minute when Christen Press notched her second goal of the match for Pali. The tie score held until the 87th minute, when Pali broke the deadlock on a booming shot by midfield Kelly O’Hara from outside the penalty area.

At that point, Colorado pushed forward to try and gain the tying goal, exposing the defense to Pali’s high-scoring offense. Iris Mora, a member of the Mexican national team, took advantage of the situation to score unassisted goals in both the 90th minute and in extra time to close the scoring.

“The girls played out of their skins – it was an unbelievable performance,” said Force Coach Craig Deacon. “Anyone who watched the game would say we were just very unlucky. The score line does not reflect the game at all.”

The loss ends the Force season with a record of 4-3-6, and halted a three-match winning streak. It was the first playoff appearance for the Force since 1998, when Colorado won the W-League’s W2 national title. Pali, 10-0-3, will move on to play the W-League’s top regular season team, the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues, 12-0-2., of Newburgh, N.Y., in next weekend’s semi-finals.

Pali started the scoring in the 11th minute on the first goal by Press, a Stanford University star. Colorado played a physical first half and created several scoring chances, but couldn’t gain the equalizer before halftime.

The Force got its first goal in the 60th minute, tying the match at 1-1 when Nikki Marshall scored on a crossing pass from fellow striker Shay Powell. Colorado then took the lead in the 72nd minute on a second Marshall goal – this one assisted by Lisa Franke. The Colorado lead forced Pali – which has yet to lose in two years of W-League play – to be in the rare position of playing from behind. After Press pulled Pali even, the game appeared to be headed to overtime before the final torrent of goals.

“When you push numbers forward to try and get the equalizing goal, space occurs,” Deacon said. “They (Pali) finished their chances. It’s as simple as that.”

Deacon also thanked Colorado’s fans for their support. “The girls loved it, we had a great time this season,” he said. “We’ll look forward to being back next year.”

http://www.forcesoccer.org/force/news.asp?action=det&id=267