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Re: W League
« Reply #120 on: July 24, 2009, 11:00:13 PM »
Week 11

Tuesday 14th July

Midwest Division
FC Indiana Lionesses 7 Fort Wayne Fever 0

Western Division
Los Angeles Legends 1 Colorado Force 2

Wednesday 15th July

Atlantic Division
Hampton Roads Piranhas 5 Richmond Kickers Destiny 1

Great Lakes Division
Ottawa Fury 5 Laval Comets 1

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 2 Kalamazoo Outrage 2

North East Division
Boston Renegades 2 Connecticut Passion 2
Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 4 New Jersey Wildcats 0

Western Division
Ventura County Fusion 3 Seattle Sounders 1

Thursday 16th July

Great Lakes Division
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Hamilton Avalanche 1

North East Division
Washington Freedom 0 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 0

Friday 17th July

Midwest Division
Fort Wayne Fever 5 Kalamazoo Outrage 1

Western Division
Colorado Force 3 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
Los Angeles Legends 2 Seattle Sounders 0

Saturday 18th July

Atlantic Division
Charlotte Lady Eagles 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 1

Great Lakes Division
London Gryphons 0 Hamilton Avalanche 3
Ottawa Fury 1 Buffalo Flash 1
Toronto Lady Lynx 2 Quebec City Amiral 0

Midwest Division
Cleveland Internationals 1 Minnesota Lightning 1
Fort Wayne Fever 1 Chicago Red Eleven 3

North East Division
Boston Renegades 12 (twelve) Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers 0
New Jersey Wildcats 3 New York Magic 0
Washington Freedom 4 Connecticut Passion 0

Western Division
Pali Blues 4 Seattle Sounders 1

Sunday 19th July

Atlantic Division
Cary Lady Clarets 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 3
Northern Virginia Majestics 0 Hampton Roads Piranhas 3

Great Lakes Division
Laval Comets 1 Buffalo Flash 2
Ottawa Fury 7 Rochester Ravens 0

Midwest Division
West Michigan Firewomen 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 9

North East Division
New Jersey Wildcats 1 Connecticut Passion 0
New York Magic 0 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 2
Washington Freedom 7 Long Island Rough Riders 0

Western Division
Real Colorado Cougars 4 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
Ventura County Fusion 1 Los Angeles Legends 1

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Re: W League
« Reply #121 on: July 26, 2009, 12:40:48 AM »
Central Conference – Great Lakes Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009 (Final Table)
1   Ottawa Fury              14  11   2   1   40-9     35
2   Buffalo Flash             14   9   3   2   40-10    30
3   Quebec City Amiral    14   9   1   4    29-17   28
4   Toronto Lady Lynx     14   6   4   4    25-17   22
5   Laval Comets            14   7   1   6    22-16   22
6   London Gryphons      14   3   2   9    23-33   11
7   Hamilton Avalanche   14   3   2   9    14-35   11
8   Rochester Ravens      14   0   1  13     5-61     1

Central Conference – Midwest Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009 (Final Table)
1   FC Indiana Lionesses        12  10   2   0   63-2    32
2   Chicago Red Eleven          12  10   1   1   37-6    31
3   Minnesota Lightning         12    7   2   3   37-11  23
4   Cleveland Internationals    12   4   2   6   15-28   14
5   Fort Wayne Fever             12   3   2   7   19-40   11
6   Kalamazoo Outrage          12   2   2   8   11-39     8
7   West Michigan Firewomen 12   0   1  11    5-61     1

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009  (Final Table)
1   Atlanta Silverbacks             12  10   1   1   24-3     31
2   Tampa Bay Hellenic            12   8   3   1    24-7     27
3   Charlotte Lady Eagles         12   6   3   3    19-13    21
4   Hampton Roads Piranhas     12   6   0   6    24-18   18
5   Cary Lady Clarets               12   5   1   6    24-23   16
6   Northern Virginia Majestics  12   1   1  10    3-21     4
7   Rickmond Kickers Destiny    12   1   1  10    8-41     4

Eastern Conference – North East Division
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009  (Final Table)
1   Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues    14  12   2   0   40-9    38
2   Washington Freedom                           14  12   1   1   49-9    37
3   Boston Renegades                               14    7   4   3   35-16  25
4   New Jersey Wildcats                            14    7   1   6   17-21  22
5   Long Island Rough Riders                    14     6   1   7   28-26  19
6   Connecticut Passion*                           14    3   2   9   18-33    8
7   New York Magic                                  14    1   3  10    8-45    6
8   Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers*  14     1   0  13   8-44    0
* 3 points deducted

Western Conference
Up to and including Sunday 19th July 2009  (Final Table)
1   Pali Blues                     12   9   3   0   26-9    30
2   Colorado Force              12   4   6   2   16-13  18
3   Real Colorado Cougars   12   4   3   5   16-15   15
4   Seattle Sounders           12   3   6   3   12-15   15
5   Vancouver Whitecaps     12   3   5   4   15-19   14
6   Ventura County Fusion   12   2   4   6   13-22   10
7   Los Angeles Legends     12   2   3   7   15-20     9
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Re: W League
« Reply #122 on: July 28, 2009, 01:33:11 PM »
Divisional Play-Offs

Wednesday 22nd July

Great Lakes Division Play-Off
Buffalo Flash 5 Quebec City Amiral 0

Buffalo proceeded to the Conference play-offs at the weekend.

Central Conference Finals were held in Indiana

Qualifying Teams
Buffalo Flash
Chicago Red Eleven
FC Indiana Lionesses
Ottawa Fury

Eastern Conference Finals were held in Atlanta.

Qualifying Teams
Atlanta Silverbacks
Charlotte Lady Eagles
Tampa Bay Hellenic
Washington Freedom

Western Conference runners-up Colorado Force and champions Pali Blues met in a Divisional play-off to determine a place in the League Championship final four. Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues already qualify for the finals by virtue of their top overall League record in the regular season.

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Re: W League
« Reply #123 on: July 28, 2009, 01:41:45 PM »
Buffalo blasts Amiral 5-0 in opener

Buffalo Flash News Release -
Orchard Park, New York - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Buffalo Flash (10-2-3) beat Quebec City Amiral (9-5-1) 5-0 in a second versus third divisional playoff match at the first round stage of the USL W-League postseason to move onto the conference tournament.

The dominant win was the third time the Flash have been victorious at home by a 5-0 scoreline and the seventh time this season that they have scored four or more goals in a game.

In front of comfortably their biggest home attendance of the season - over 500 - the Flash lived up to expectation and put on a performance of some repute, playing in front of their home crowd for the final time this campaign.

And it was Buffalo who came out of the blocks early, with top goalscorer Maria Ruiz lofting her effort just wide, after an impudent through ball from left winger Pamela Conti. The two Mediterranean attackers, along with home debutant and recent Japanese signing Rie Sawai, were putting on a clinic in passing and movement, and the home fans were enjoying the show.

After 17 minutes, good team passing resulted in Erika Sutton hitting the post with a left footed strike.

However, the Flash faithful didn't have to wait much longer to see their new heroines open the scoring.

In the 25th minute, Ruiz headed home Sarah Wagenfuhr's corner, from close range, to notch her 10th goal of the season. Nine minutes passed before Sutton's cross deflected and looped over goalkeeper Marie-Pier Bilodeau, and landed inside the back post, to double the scoring.

The Flash were well worth their 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, the goal action intensified further. On the hour, Ruiz bent a curling 20-yard shot which was tipped onto the crossbar, before bouncing down and out, only for the advancing right midfielder Sutton to tap home her second of the game and sixth of the season.

With 12 minutes remaining, substitute Jacquelyn Lacek was on the spot to pick up the pieces and slot away her second goal of the season, after a Jamie Craft run had beaten the Amiral offside trap.

In truth, the Flash could have come close to double figures, but they had to settle with Craft's breakaway finish on 82 minutes, rounding off the scoring for the evening, to end 5-0, and give the Flash fans a joyous farewell until next season.

Another stellar defensive display from the Flash back four of Alexandra Sahlen, Kimberly Brandao, Katarina Tarr and Lena Mosebo, meant that Amanda Becker, was once again, well protected in goal, and an eighth shut out of the season was achieved.

Buffalo will now travel on Thursday to take on undefeated FC Indiana Lionesses, who host the Central Conference Final Four, in a Friday evening conference semifinal match-up at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana.

The Lionesses are coming off the back of a 9-0 win over West Michigan Firewomen in their last Midwest Divisional game and a 10-0-2 regular season in which they've scored 63 goals and conceded only two. Their perfect home record saw them score 38 goals, while remarkably conceding none, in their six games.

The match-up between the only two full time professional USL W-League teams should be a mouth-watering one.

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Re: W League
« Reply #124 on: July 28, 2009, 01:55:23 PM »
Conference Play-Offs

Friday 24th July

Central Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Lafayette, Indiana)
Buffalo Flash 0 FC Indiana Lionesses 3
Chicago Red Eleven 2 Ottawa Fury 4

Eastern Conference Play-Off Semi Finals (at Atlanta)
Atlanta Sllverbacks 1 Charlotte Lady Eagles 2
Tampa Bay Hellenic 1 Washington Freedom 2
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« Reply #125 on: July 28, 2009, 02:16:53 PM »
Chicago Red Eleven 2 Ottawa Fury 4
A lot of Premier League goalscorers in that game :

Ottawa downs Chicago 4-2
Fury return to conference final to play FC Indiana

Ottawa Fury News Release -

Friday, July 24, 2009

LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Ottawa Fury Women put themselves one step closer to that elusive W-League title with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Red Eleven in the Conference Semifinals.

Two goals, assist for Hearn in win

The Fury found themselves down 1-0 early, but Michelle Evans and Amber Hearn got them back on track before halftime and Ottawa added two more in the second half before Chicago tallied late sealing a 4-2 win and a place in Sunday's Conference Final against the 2008 league finalist FC Indiana Lionesses, who blanked the Buffalo Flash 3-0 later in the evening.

Ottawa returned to Indiana for a second straight year, but found themselves trailing after 11 minutes when Gemma Davison notched her seventh of the season putting the Fury on notice early.

Michelle Evans responded in the 20th minute direct from a free kick that pulled Ottawa even with her seventh of the season.

Building on the momentum from the tying goal the Fury continued to press and were rewarded in the 31st minute when Amber Hearn tallied from close range putting the Fury ahead going into halftime.

The second half opened with both teams battling to set the tone. With scoring chances sparse Amber Hearn blasted home her second of the night from 35 yards out giving the Fury a two-goal cushion after 76 minutes.

Six minutes later Hearn continued her dominance of the Chicago defence this time passing to Tina Romagnuolo, who hammered home the cross for a 4-1 Fury lead.

A Fanta Cooper cross in the 90th minute deceived Fury keeper Jasmine Phillips at the far post cutting the lead to 4-2, but that was all the damage that Chicago would be able to muster against the Fury, who are hoping that the third time is the charm as they look to win the conference title for the first time in three years.

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Re: W League
« Reply #126 on: July 28, 2009, 04:45:43 PM »
FC Indiana Downs Buffalo, 3-0

Lionesses earn rematch with Fury, Sunday
FC Indiana Press Release -

Friday, July 24, 2009
Lafayette, Indiana

FC Indiana moved their season record to 11-0-2 on Friday night when they blanked the Buffalo Flash (9-6-1) 3-0 at Jefferson HS in Lafayette, Indiana. FC Indiana had the better of the possession and chances in the fast paced first half, as Fatima Leyva scored twice and Laura Del Rio added one goal.

At the other end of the pitch, FC Indiana goal keeper Shannon Lynn made two saves in each half to register his eleventh clean sheet of the season.

Lionesses captain Fatima Leyva continued her outstanding play in midfield and created several first half opportunities that should have been better dealt with by her strikers. After missing an open goal from close range, the Lionesses finally got on the board in the 13th minute when Leyva scored on a direct free kick giving Buffalo keeper Amanda Becker no chance from 21 yards out.

Monica Ocampo did all the work on the left flank when she set up Laura Del Rio for a simple tap in the 26th minute to put the Lioness up 2-0. The last 10 minutes of the first half saw end-to-end action while the Flash tried desperately to get back in the game and the Lionesses did the same trying to get the all important third goal to put the game away.

Del Rio made a solo run late in the half and was fouled in the box by Lena Mosebo, who was yellow carded. Leyva took the penalty to make the score 3-0 FC Indiana.

The Lionesses moved forward to a Sunday rematch of last year’s Conference final against the Ottawa Fury.

13’ Leyva
26’ Del Rio (Ocampo)
45’ Leyva (PK)

Shots: FCI 10, BUFF 9
Shots on Goal: FCI 6, BUFF 4
Corners: FCI 1, BUFF 6
Offsides: FCI 1, BUFF 4

FC INDIANA: Lynn, Moore, Thomas, Luik, Leyva, Carmichael (Gayle 60’), Wilson, Kohn, Smyth (Phewa 60’), Ocampo (Lyons 70’), Del Rio

BUFFALO: Becker, Brandao, Tarr, Mosebo, Sahlen, Wagenfuhr, Sutton, O’Rourke (Lacek 65’), Sawai, Ruiz (Lawrence)75’), Conti (Barbuto 70’)
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Re: W League
« Reply #127 on: July 28, 2009, 06:39:03 PM »
Saturday July 25, 2009

The Silverbacks ended their season shocked and dismayed after two calls in the last minutes of the game, ended their season with a 2-1 loss to Charlotte in the W-League conference semi-final.

The Silverbacks dominated most of the game, outshooting their opponents 16 – 3 (2 shots being the goals) and having 8 corners to the Lady Eagles 0. The Backs were finally able to capitalize in the 76th minute when Cortni Joyner delivered a corner into the box and Rebecca Hall headed it in.  With only fifteen minutes to play the Silverbacks continued to pressure to try and gain that second goal.  In the 85th, the Silverbacks were unable to clear a ball at the 35 and one of the Lady Eagles was able to get in on the side of the box.  With an initial shot saved by Michelle Betos, players Marie Yempuku and Christa Mann proceeded to pressure and defend when the Charlotte player took a shot that ricocheted off Yempuku at she jumped to block the shot and placed here arms flat against her chest.  The referee called a penalty and issued Yempuku a straight red.

With the game tied, the Silverbacks continued to push on with only 10 players having just minutes to play before the game would be sent into over time.  In the 88th minute the Lady Eagle pressed as well and took a long service towards the top of the 18 where two players went in for a fifty-fifty ball.  The ref blew his whistle again and spotted a foul for the Lady Eagles at the top of the 18.  Lindsey Ozimck finished her second goal of the night with a shot to the upper right corner.  The game ended just minutes later to a rain of boos from the thousand fans at the match.

The Charlotte Lady Eagles progress to take on the Washington Freedom who beat Tampa 2-1 in the other semi-final. The Conferemce winners then advance to the W-League Semi-Final.

“I think everyone in the stands was shocked, including the referee assessor and league officials.  It is one thing to give a questionable PK in the closing minutes of a match (on video the ball appears to hit Yempuku in the face), it is something completely different to give a straight red when you have another player (Mann) standing right behind her and a goalkeeper right there.  That was just completely wrong and goes against the rules of the game,” commented GM Laura Fedrigo.

“I think we are all simply perplexed and dismayed.  I don’t know how you make those calls and give a game away in the final minutes.  It is unfortunate for our players and our fans to close our season out like that,” commented Fedrigo.  “Charlotte is a good team and we wish them the best.”

“At the end of the day, we play in a very competitive conference and it will be exciting to watch Charlotte and Washington play.  We simply hope the fans come out to support them and don’t hold a referee’s calls against them.  Our entire staff and most of the team will be out to watch and see who wins,” said Fedrigo.

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Re: W League
« Reply #128 on: July 28, 2009, 10:15:06 PM »
Conference Play-Offs

Saturday 24th July

Eastern Conference Play-Off Final  (at Atlanta)
Washington Freedom 2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 1

Western Conference Play-Off Final
Pali Blues 5 Colorado Force 2

Sunday 25th July

Central Conference Play-Off Final (at Lafayette, Indiana)
FC Indiana Lionesses 1 Ottawa Fury 2

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« Reply #129 on: July 31, 2009, 10:07:35 AM »
Wednesday July 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced Wednesday the All-Conference Teams for the 2009 W-League season, honoring 33 of the top players in the league as voted on by team coaches and general managers.
Returning to the All-Conference teams from last season are Seattle Sounders midfielder Michelle French (right) and FC Indiana striker Laura Del Rio.

One of the most honored players in league history, 2009 marks the fifth time French has been named to the league’s All-Conference team.

Earlier this week Del Rio was named this season’s Scoring and Goal Scoring Champion.

Among the four teams remaining in the W-League playoffs, 12 players were named to their respective All-Conference teams, with Pali Blues placing the most players, with four.

The W-League semifinals take place this weekend with a coast-to-coast matchup when Pali visits Hudson Valley on Friday, July 31 and a capital city clash when Washington hosts Ottawa on Saturday, August 1.

Central Conference
G Shannon Lynn FC Indiana Lionesses
D Jenny Jeffers Chicago Red Eleven
D Ria Percival Ottawa Fury
D Clare Rustad Toronto Lady Lynx
M Gemma Davidson Chicago Red Eleven
M Jennifer Hance Ottawa Fury
M Fatima Leyva FC Indiana Lionesses
M Rosa Tantillo Buffalo Flash
F Laura Del Rio FC Indiana Lionesses
F Amber Hearn Ottawa Fury
F Caroline Smith Minnesota Lightning
Eastern Conference
G Michelle Betos Atlanta Silverbacks
D Casey Brown Boston Renegades
D Ashleigh Gunning Hudson Valley Quickstrike
D Philisha Lewis Tampa Bay Hellenic
D Brittany Taylor Hudson Valley Quickstrike
M Lindsay Ozimek Charlotte Lady Eagles
M Christine Rife Charlotte Lady Eagles
M Megan Tomlinson Atlanta Silverbacks
F Angelika Johansson Hudson Valley Quickstrike
F Jen Parsons Washington Freedom
F Brittany Tegeler Washington Freedom
Western Conference
G Katie Hultin Seattle Sounders
D Jenea Gibbons Los Angeles Legends
D Kelli Smith Seattle Sounders
D Leah Tapscott Pali Blues
M Michelle French Seattle Sounders
M Tobin Heath Pali Blues
M Nikki Marshall Colorado Force
M Carmelina Moscato Vancouver Whitecaps
M Nikki Washington Pali Blues
F Iris Mora Pali Blues
F Jodi Ann Robinson Vancouver Whitecaps

Also announced were the players who received the most votes for each team not represented among the All-Conference selections. They were:

Central Conference: Melissa Lesage (Quebec City), Christina Julien (Laval), Jenn Wolbert (London), Heather MacDougall (Hamilton), Casey Zimney (Rochester), Haley Ford (Cleveland), Margaret Allgeier (Fort Wayne), Anna Stinson (Kalamazoo), Courtney Nash (West Michigan)

Eastern Conference: Shaneka Gordon (Hampton Roads), Lindsey Vera (Cary), Mary Casey (Northern Virginia), Jennifer Woodie (Richmond), Robyn Jones (New Jersey), Brooke DeRosa (Long Island), Fortuna Velaj (Connecticut), Courtney McMahon (New York), Rachel Richards (Western Mass)

Western Conference: Taryn Hemmings (Real Colorado), Kay Hawke (Ventura County)

Interestingly Kay Hawke is named too

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« Reply #130 on: August 01, 2009, 10:31:35 PM »
Pali rallies past Force 5-2

Colorado Force News Release -

Pacific Palisades - July 25, 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 Western Conference championship Saturday.

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 stoppage 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 W-2 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 semifinals.

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.”

Game notes:

Christen Press’s second goal for Pali was assisted by Lauren Cheney, who had just returned to the Blues after playing for the U.S. National Team on Wednesday night against Canada. Cheney also had an assist in that match, a 1-0 win for the U.S.

With her two goals Saturday, Marshall finished the season as the leading scorer for the Force with six goals.

With the win Saturday, Pali stretched its unbeaten string to 27 matches, in which the team has a record of 24-0-3.

Colorado’s two goals matched the most scored on Pali this season. The Blues allowed two goals in two previous matches.

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« Reply #131 on: August 01, 2009, 10:37:50 PM »
Ottawa edges FC Indiana 2-1

Fury win Central Conference championship rematch
Ottawa Fury News Release -

Jefferson, Indiana - Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Ottawa Fury Women are returning to the W-League semifinals for the first time since 2006 after a 2-1 road victory over FC Indiana in a rematch of last year's Central Conference Final.

"It was a very good team efforts," said an extremely proud Fury coach Craig Smith. "I had a good feeling about this game - the girls were focused, played their game and we did what we wanted to do."

Ottawa found themselves trailing early for the second straight game when Nikki Lyons gave the reigning Central Conference Champions a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

Just like they did against Chicago Friday night, the Fury responded a short time later when Amber Hearn sprung free Michelle Evans, who crossed for Katie Bethke only to have FC Indiana's Corrie Moore redirect the cross into her own goal, pulling the Fury even in the 14th minute.

Possession Was the key to the Fury's game, which gave them control of most of the first half to end all square at 1-1.

The Fury continued to control play to start the second half and almost pulled into the lead in the 61st minute when Jennifer Hance deflected a Michelle Evans free kick painfully wide of the far post.

Four minutes later on an almost identical play Evans picked out Jennifer Hance again on a free kick, which was touched by Hance and deflected into the FC Indiana goal off a defender for yet another own goal.

FC Indiana had allowed just two goals during the regular season, but now trailed after two own goals.

Carrying a 2-1 lead late into the game, it almost seemed like deja-vu as the Fury led by the same scoreline in last year's Conference Final before FC Indiana pulled even and won in extra time.

This year, however luck was on the Fury side late in the game as a shot struck both the crossbar and post and stayed out preserving the 2-1 victory and the Central Conference crown for the Fury.

The Fury now advance to the W-League Semifinal where they will face a familiar foe in the Washington Freedom.

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« Reply #132 on: August 01, 2009, 11:33:54 PM »
League Play-Offs

Friday 31st July

League Championship Play-Off Semi Final

Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 0 Pali Blues 4
(at Academy Field, Newburgh, New York)

Saturday 1st August

League Championship Play-Off Semi Final

Washington Freedom 0 Ottawa Fury 0  (Washington won 3-1 on penalties)
((at Maryland Soccerplex Stadium, Germantown, Maryland)

Friday 7th August

League Championship Play-Off Final

Pali Blues 2 Washington Freedom 1
(at Maryland Soccerplex Stadium, Germantown, Maryland)
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« Reply #133 on: August 01, 2009, 11:47:15 PM »
Pali returns to W-League Final

Defending champs win 4-0 at Hudson Valley
Pali Blues News Release -

Newburgh, New York - Friday, July 31, 2009

The Pali Blues Soccer Club showed why they are the defending USL W-League champions tonight at Newburgh Free Academy, defeating the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues by a tally of 4-0.

With a well-balanced effort in every phase of the game, the Blues now advance to their second straight league championship game next weekend.

"It took us a while to get going at the beginning of the year, but all that matters is how you end the season. It's humbling to be around this group of girls, and I'm just happy to see them achieving this kind of success," Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented after the victory, sending him to his fourth W-League championship game as a coach and second straight since moving to the West Coast.

Rain poured down on the Hudson Valley for much of the day, but calm weather conditions fought their way into Newburgh to greet these two clubs with a perfect environment for playoff soccer by the time of kickoff.

Blues goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris was tested early when the Quickstrike attack was able to create some opportunities in the opening minutes of this contest, but she and her defense did well to weather that early storm.

The Blues regrouped after that early push by Hudson Valley, and they very quickly engaged a shift in the offensive momentum. They began to get off some quality shots toward their target, and their aggressive play paid dividends in the 14th minute of the match. It was then that midfielder Christen Press collected the ball on the right flank and sent a hard strike over to Jodie Taylor in the center of the field. Taylor then weaved her way through traffic until seeing her opening from more than 30 yards out, and she then launched a bomb past the outstretched arms of Quickstrike netminder Ashley Thompson to give the defending W-League champions a 1-0 advantage.

The Blues continued to display their high level of class throughout the remainder of the opening half, and Mexican National Team forward Iris Mora was able to stretch the gap to 2-0 in the 45th minute of the game. The All-Western Conference selection received a feed from Press on the right wing and capitalized on the room she was afforded by the Hudson Valley defense. From 25 yards out, she struck a powerful volley into the back of the net to give her team a two goal lead going into intermission.

The Blues kept their foot on the throttle when the second half of action got started, and Mora made the most of being given too much space once again in the 50th minute. Making a run on the right wing, she one-touched a cross to the middle of the field, and midfielder Kelley O'Hara fought off a pair of Quickstrike defenders to punch in the third Blues goal of the evening.

Hudson Valley continued to battle, and forward Angelika Johansson nearly got Quickstrike on the board when she created a one-vs-one chance for herself in the 59th minute. As soon as she saw Johansson break free, Harris came out from her post to make a spectacular diving save to stop the run and keep the slate clean.

Rewarding their goalkeeper for her efforts, the Blues made it 4-0 in the 65th minute when Mora set up a Lauren Cheney tally. From that point forward, the Blues defense buckled down to complete the shutout.

"We saw when they came out that they were motivated," Mora said after the game. "We knew we had to stay composed and defend on both ends of the field. We played like a team and a unit out there, and I'm just so proud of all my teammates."

Washington tops Ottawa in penalties
Freedom advance from scoreless stalemate 3-1 in PKs
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

BOYDS, MD -- The Ottawa Fury's run at their third chance at the W-League Championship came to an end after falling 3-1 on penalty kicks to the Washington Freedom. After a scoreless ninety minutes the two sides played to two scoreless fifteen minute halves of extra time leading to the penalty shootout.

A goal post and a Chante Sandiford save denied the Fury a third trip to the W-League Championship game. The 2007 champion Freedom will move on to the Championship final, where they will face the reigning W-League Champions Pali Blues on Friday, August 7 in Boyds, Maryland.

Ottawa started the game off with great pace and tremendous control. Hearn, Romagnuolo and Moorwood all had chances inside the first fifteen minutes, but were unable to convert.

Jasmine Phillips, who was stellar in the Fury goal, robbed Brittany Tegeler on a breakaway and stymied here again moments later after the Freedom jumped on a Fury turnover. H
ayley Moorwood and Michelle Evans both had chances on goal, but were unable to give the Fury that much sought after first goal. The first half ended scoreless with the Fury owning most of the possession and chances.

Washington started off the second half with several chances and strong pressure, but Jasmine Phillips was there to steady the ship.

Emma Kete broke through in the 55th minute on a breakaway, but was denied by Freedom keeper Sandiford.

Both teams exchanged chances for a period of ten minutes, but both keeper stood tall. Courtney Wetzel made a great individual effort and Sandiford collapsed on the rebound ahead of an out-reached Emma Kete in the 80th minute.

Danielle Johnson recorded the last dangerous chance before the end of time that saw her header deflect just wide off the Michelle Evans corner.

As the two teams headed into extra time it was the Fury who had the best of the chances in the first stanza of extra time as both Evans and Pacheco threatened.

In the second extra time Phillips had to be sharp once again denying Germain in close and stopping a Freedom free kick with less than five minutes remaining.

Amber Hearn fired over the bar from the top of the 18-yard box with time winding down and penalty kicks on the horizon.

The Fury would shoot first in the penalty shootout with Hayley Moorwood rifling home a shot into the top right corner putting the Fury ahead. Sandra Matute pulled the Freedom even giving way to Ria Percival, the Fury's second shooter. Percival beat Sandiford low to the left, but was denied by the post.

Kika Toulouse put the Freedom ahead 2-1 with a shot into the top corner. Courtney looked to pull the Fury even, but was robbed by Sandiford with a diving save.

Caitlin Miskel put the Freedom in the drivers seat scoring to make it 3-1 with the Fury needing to score. Chante Sandiford onced again proved to be the difference denying Michelle Evans, sending the Freedom back to the W-League Finals since they won it all in 2007 after, oddly enough, defeating the Fury.

The Fury Women's 10th Anniversary season draws to a close with another successful year that saw them win a sixth consecutive division title and the Central Conference title, but the elusive W-League title will have to be won another day.

The Washington will look to win their second W-League title since winning in 2007, but will have to defeat the defending W-League Champions Pali Blues who have yet to lose in the W-League since joining last season.

The win extends the Blues unbeaten streak to 28 games and advances them to their second title appearance in as many years of existence. The Blues now await the winner of a Saturday night pairing between the Ottawa Fury and Washington Freedom.
Pali repeats as W-League champs
Blues remain unbeaten through two years, top Freedom 2-1

Friday, August 7, 2009

BOYDS, MD -- Just days away from the US-Mexico World Cup qualifier, it was a Mexican international that proved the star of the W-League Championship Friday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex as the 2008 champion Pali Blues repeated. The California club came from behind for a 2-1 win a second straight year, downing the 2007 title winner Washington Freedom on their home field on a goal and assist from Iris Mora.

The hosts took the initial lead in the contest in the 14th minute of play from a restart. Washington’s Katherine Watson turned with the ball 30 yards from goal and was headed straight in on goal before being dragged down by Pali defender Kendal Billingsley, who received a yellow card. France’s Sandra Matute nailed a precise free kick just inside the right post from 24 yards to give the Freedom the early lead.

Billingsley made up for the error in the 37th minute on a second consecutive corner from Iris Mora. As the corner came down to the tall defender in the center of the area, she sent a perfect eight yard header into the back of the net to level the game heading to the break.

Aside from the corner on the equalizer, Mora had been relatively quiet throughout the rest of the match after an early chance as Washington kept the clamp on the Freedom’s key striker, who had tallied in five of their last six contests, including the playoffs. But in the 86th minute, she found some space all alone in the box. The mistake proved costly for Washington as Kirsty Yallap sent a cross in from the right flank, connecting with Mora, who chested the ball down, turned and fired past Eliza Bennett-Hatton from 14 yards for the winner.

The goal and assist on the night earned the Mexican star the W-League Champion Most Valuable Player honor as she helped lead the club to its second straight title, becoming the third club in league history to claim back-to-back championships (Raleigh Wings 1998-99 and Boston Renegades 2001-02) and the fifth to win two league titles (Long Island Lady Riders 1995, 97 and Vancouver Whitecaps 2004, 06). It is the third title for head coach Charlie Naimo, who also led the New Jersey Wildcats to the championship in 2005.

“It feels so good to have two undefeated seasons, and I am so happy for our girls,” Pali head Charlie Naimo commented after taking his third crown as a coach in four championship appearances. “It’s such a fantastic feeling, and you couldn’t ask for anymore effort than what has been given by this team all year.”

The second consecutive unbeaten championship season, however, was a first in league history. Although the Blues are among three clubs to post two consecutive unbeaten campaigns in the regular season (Chicago Cobras 1999-00 and FC Indiana Lionesses 2008-09), they are the only club to win the league crown both times. Chicago lost in penalties in the 1999 championship before winning from the spot the following year. Finalists a year ago, FC Indiana were knocked out in the conference final this year.

A quick-paced, back-and-forth contest in the early going, a goalkeeping error nearly gave the Freedom the lead in the first minute of play when a lofted ball into the area slipped through the outstretched hands of Pali goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. The ball dropped to the pitch and a half clearance gave the Freedom a chance on an open goal, but the strike from Jen Parsons went off the crossbar, down and deflected away off the head of the defender standing on the line.

Three minutes later at the other end a through ball right up the middle had Mora on a break, but her first touch around the charging keeper 30 yards from goal was a bit too much as she was unable to recover and the defense was able to shut down the attack.

A fifth minute strike from Jesstine Wolfe went just over the bar from 21 yards out for Washington with Mora getting behind the defense on the other end three minutes later on a cross, but her header flew wide of the target.

With Washington leading after Matute’s excellent free kick, Pali was looking for an equalizer. Just before the 30th minute Rebekah Patrick put a shot over the bar from just inside the box.

Seven minutes later, Billingsley put away the equalizer, however, Washington nearly re-claimed the lead as a missed keeper punch at a corner led to 20 yard attempt from Madison Keller that narrowly missed the opposite upper corner of the goal.

Bennett-Hatton made a huge save at the close of the 56th minute when Pali’s Sabrina DeMonte sent a cross into the area. Yallop dove to get her head on the ball eight yards from goal, but the keeper made a fantastic point blank reaction save to keep it out of the Washington net.

But the heroics were not enough as Mora used her experience to calmly knock the cross down and coolly slot it home for the victory four minutes from time.

“We just did what we had to do, which was to score a goal,” said Mora. “I missed a couple of goals at the beginning. I knew for this game it would be really tight. I just needed to settle, first touch I just thought about one-two. And I saw the ball coming to me, I settled myself, and it was just one-two. That is how it has to be.”

Her performance was expected from coach Naimo.

“No shock, she’s been getting it done all season,” the Blues coach said. “Last week a goal and two assists in the semifinal. Always found a way to get a point in every single game and it’s no surprise to me. Iris was the one that I envisioned pulling us through this one and she did.”

Naimo, who also serves as general manager for the Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer, also went on to discuss how he expects numerous players from this year’s squad to also move onto WPS again this year, but finished saying “We are gonna have to reload for a third run.”
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Re: W League
« Reply #134 on: March 20, 2010, 12:38:36 AM »
Current plans for the 2010 season show a shrinkage from 37 clubs in 2009 to 29 for this summer. Several clubs (or franchises) have folded and others have migrated to the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League). This doesn't seem to be a result of the establishment of the new professional league (WPS) but a fragility of the club league set up in the States at second-tier level. The rival WPSL has by contrast more teams planned for this summer.

Over the last few seasons that this forum has been running, the births and deaths of teams in the two second tier US leagues has been really drastic compared to the English scene. Although many of us worry about the state of our own pyramid, with failures of teams at Combination level, it seems quite stable by comparison.


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Re: W League
« Reply #135 on: June 05, 2010, 08:02:40 AM »
Tampa Bay Hellenics seems to have a few English girls this summer:
Ashey Baker, Rachel Fell, and Sox Goodhall.
Siobhan Chamberlain is with the vancouver Whitecaps, Leanne Champ with Pali Blues
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Play-off time
« Reply #136 on: July 28, 2010, 12:21:49 PM »
Atlanta Silverbacks - Buffalo Flash
Vancouver Whitecaps - Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues

Loads of English players involved in those play-off :

Buffalo has Eartha Pond, Annie Heatherson, Gemma Davison and Katie Holtham on their roster.
Vancouver has Siobhan Chamberlain

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« Reply #137 on: July 30, 2010, 02:45:48 PM »
Looks Like Buffalo Flash are through to the final playoff with Holtam Heatherson Davison and Pond.  On Saturday by the looks! 8)

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« Reply #138 on: August 02, 2010, 06:46:06 PM »
Buffalo are W League Champions!  Siobhan Chamberlain was the goalie for Vancouver!  Lots of English players taking part. ;D