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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2007, 11:02:31 AM »
Week 8

Wednesday 27th June

Midwest Division
FC Indiana 5 Chicago United Breeze 0

North East Division
Boston Aztecs 2 Bay State Select 0

Thursday 28th June

Midwest Division
River Cities Futbol 8 FC St. Louis 0

Friday 29th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Northampton Laurels 2 Real Shore 0

Midwest Division
FC Indiana 5 FC Twente3 Illinois 1

South Division
Palm Beach United 1 Central Florida Strikers 2

West Division
San Diego Sealions 3 San Francisco Nighthawks 0

Saturday 30th June

Mid Atlantic Division
Philadelphia Liberty 0 Northampton Laurels 2

North East Division
Bay State Select 1 New York Athletic 2
Boston Aztecs 0 New England Mutiny 0

South Division
Miami Kickers 2 Central Florida Strikers 2
Tampa Bay Elite 3 Palm Beach United 2

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 1 Denver Diamonds 4
Utah Spiders 2 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 1

West Division
Ajax 11 Lamorinda East Bay Power 0
California Storm 2 Sonoma County Sol 0
Claremont Stars 1 San Francisco Nighthawks 1
 
Sunday 1st July

North East Division
Massachusetts Stingers 1 New York Athletic 2

South West Division
Rush Salt Lake City 2 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 0

West Division
Ajax 9 San Francisco Nighthawks 0
Sacramento Pride 1 Sonoma County Sol 4
San Diego Sealions 7 Lamorinda East Bay Power 1

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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2007, 02:04:31 PM »
Midwest Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          5   4   0   1   22- 2   12
2  FC Indiana                    5   4   0   1    16- 3   12
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        5   2   0   3     9-13   6
4  Chicago United Breeze   3   1   0   2     5-12   3
5  FC St. Louis                 4   0   0   4     4-26   0

South Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1   Tampa Bay Elite            5   4   1   0    14-  3  13
2   Central Florida Strikers   5   3   1   1   14-  5  10
3   Palm Beach United         6   3   1   2    13-  7  10
4   Orlando Falcons            6   1   1   4     6-20   4
5   Miami Kickers               6   0   2   4     5-16   2

South West Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1  Utah Spiders                     4   3   0   1   15-5    9
2  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   6   3   0   3   15-8    9
3  Rush Salt Lake City            4   3   0   1    7-1    9
4  Denver Diamonds              5   3   0   2    8-12    9
5  Colorado Springs United     5   0   0   5    2-21    0

West Division
(up to 01.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                    9   9   0   0   40-4    27
2 San Diego Sealions              11   7   1   3   37-11   22
3 California Storm                    9   6   1   2   19-10   19
4 Claremont Stars                    9   3   5   1   17-8    14
5 Sonoma County Sol              9   3   2   4    16-14   11
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     11   1   4   6   16-32    7
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    10   1   1   8   14-41    4
8 Sacramento Pride                   8   1   0   7    5-44   3
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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2007, 10:45:24 AM »
Week 9

Tuesday 3rd July

South West Division
Utah Spiders 3 Rush Salt Lake City 0

Thursday 5th July

South Division
Tampa Bay Elite 1 Central Florida Strikers 1

Saturday 7th July

Midwest Division
FC St Louis 3 FC Twente3 Illinois 2
River Cities Futbol 3 Chicago United Breeze 0

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 5 Bay State Select 1
Boston Aztecs 0 Long Island Fury 4
New England Mutiny 2 Massachusetts Stingers 0

South Division
Central Florida Strikers 2 Palm Beach United 1

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 2 Rush Salt Lake City 4
Denver Diamonds 2 Utah Spiders 2

West Division
Ajax 2 California Storm 0
Claremont Stars 6 Lamorinda East Bay Power 0
San Francisco Nighthawks 0 Sonoma County Sol 3

Sunday 8th July

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 6 Real Shore 1

Midwest Division
FC St. Louis 5 Chicago United Breeze 2
River Cities Futbol 6 FC Twente3 Illinois 0

North East Division
Soccerplus Connect 4 Boston Aztecs 3

South Division
Palm Beach United 5 Orlando Falcons 1

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 2 Utah Spiders 2
Denver Diamonds 1 Rush Salt Lake City 0

West Division
Ajax 2 Claremont Stars 1
San Diego Sealions 2 California Storm 1
San Francisco Nighthawks 5 Sacramento Pride 0
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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2007, 09:48:11 PM »
Midwest Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          7   6   0   1   31- 2   18
2  FC Indiana                    5   4   0   1    16- 3   12
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        7   2   0   5    11-22   6
4  FC St. Louis                  6   2   0   4    12-30   6
5  Chicago United Breeze   5   1   0   4     7-20   3

South Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1   Central Florida Strikers   7   4   2   1    17-7   14
2   Tampa Bay Elite            6   4   2   0     15-5   14
3   Palm Beach United         8   4   1   3    19-10  13
4   Orlando Falcons            7   1   1   5     7-25   4
5   Miami Kickers               6   0   2   4     5-16   2

South West Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1  Utah Spiders                     7   4   2   1   22-9    14
2  Denver Diamonds              7   4   1   2   11-14   13
3  Rush Salt Lake City            7   4   0   3   11-7    12
4  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   6   3   0   3   15-8     9
5  Colorado Springs United     7   0   1   6    6-27    1

West Division
(up to 08.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                   11  11   0   0  44-5     33
2 San Diego Sealions              12   8   1   3   39-12   25
3 California Storm                  11   6   1   4   20-14   19
4 Claremont Stars                   11   4   5   2   24-10   17
5 Sonoma County Sol              10   4   2   4   19-14   14
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     13   2   4   7   21-35   10
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    11   1   1   9   14-47    4
8 Sacramento Pride                  9   1   0   8    5-49     3
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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2007, 07:27:59 PM »
Week 10

Wednesday 11th July

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 3 FC Twente3 Illinois 0

Friday 13th July

North East Division
New England Mutiny 1 Soccerplus Connect 1

Saturday 14th July

Mid Atlantic Division
Central Delaware SA Future 2 Maryland Pride 3

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 0 River Cities Futbol 6
FC Indiana 5 FC St. Louis 0

North East Division
Bay State Select 0 Long Island Fury 6

South Division
Orlando Falcons 2 Central Florida Strikers 2

South West Division
Denver Diamonds 3 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 2
Rush Salt Lake City 2 Utah Spiders 1

West Division
California Storm 10 Lamorinda East Bay Power 0
Claremont Stars 1 Ajax 5
Sonoma County Sol 5 Sacramento Pride 0

Sunday 15th July

Mid Atlantic Division
Atlantic City Diablos 3 Northampton Laurels 1
Real Shore 2 Philadeplphia Liberty 1

North East Division
Adirondack Lynx 4 Massachusetts Stingers 1
New York Athletic 2 Boston Aztecs 0

South Division
Tampa Bay Elite 7 Miami Kickers 0

South West Division
Colorado Springs United 1 Albuquerque Lady Asylum 3

West Division
Sacramento Pride 0 California Storm 6
San Diego Sealions 4 Claremont Stars 1
Sonoma County Sol 1 San Francisco Nighthawks 1

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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2007, 11:26:48 PM »
Midwest Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          8   7   0   1   37- 2   21
2  FC Indiana                    6   5   0   1    21- 3   15
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        8   2   0   6    11-25   6
4  Chicago United Breeze   7    2   0   5    10-26   6
5  FC St. Louis                  7   2   0   5    12-35   6

South Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1   Tampa Bay Elite            7   5   2   0     22-5   17
2   Central Florida Strikers   8   4   3   1    19-9   15
3   Palm Beach United         8   4   1   3    19-10  13
4   Orlando Falcons            8   1   2   5     9-27   5
5   Miami Kickers               7   0   2   5     5-23   2

South West Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1  Denver Diamonds              8   5   1   2   14-16   16
2  Rush Salt Lake City            8   5   0   3   13-8     15
3  Utah Spiders                     8   4   2   2   23-11   14
4  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   8   4   0   4   20-12   12
5  Colorado Springs United     8   0   1   7    7-30      1

West Division
(up to 15.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                   12  12   0   0  49-6     36
2 San Diego Sealions              13   9   1   3   43-13   28
3 California Storm                  13   8   1   4   36-14   25
4 Sonoma County Sol              12   5   3   4   25-15   18
5 Claremont Stars                   13   4   5   4   26-19   17
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     14   2   5   7   22-36   11
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    12   1   1  10   14-57    4
8 Sacramento Pride                 11   1   0  10    5-60    3

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Re: W.P.S.L. - Women's Premier Soccer League
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2007, 03:18:55 PM »
Week 11

Wednesday 18th July

Midwest Division
Chicago United Breeze 0 FC Indiana 10

Saturday 21st July

Midwest Division
FC St. Louis 0 FC Indiana 2

West Division
Lamorinda East Bay Power 0 California Storm 4
Sacramento Pride 0 Ajax 11
Sonoma County Sol 1 San Diego Sealions 0

Sunday 22nd July

West Division
Sacramento Pride 0 Claremont Stars 9
Sonoma County Sol 0 Ajax 3

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« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2007, 03:25:06 PM »
Midwest Division
(up to 21.07.2007)
1  River Cities Futbol          8   7   0   1   37- 2   21
2  FC Indiana                    8   7   0   1    33- 3   21
3  FC Twente3 Illinois        8   2   0   6    11-25   6
4  FC St. Louis                  8   2   0   6    12-37   6
5  Chicago United Breeze   8    2   0   6    10-36   6

South Division
(up to 21.07.2007)
1   Tampa Bay Elite            7   5   2   0     22-5   17
2   Central Florida Strikers   8   4   3   1    19-9   15
3   Palm Beach United         8   4   1   3    19-10  13
4   Orlando Falcons            8   1   2   5     9-27   5
5   Miami Kickers               7   0   2   5     5-23   2

South West Division
(up to 21.07.2007)
1  Denver Diamonds              8   5   1   2   14-16   16
2  Rush Salt Lake City            8   5   0   3   13-8     15
3  Utah Spiders                     8   4   2   2   23-11   14
4  Albuquerque Lady Asylum   8   4   0   4   20-12   12
5  Colorado Springs United     8   0   1   7    7-30      1

West Division
(up to 22.07.2007)
1 Ajax                                   14  14   0   0  63-6     42
2 San Diego Sealions              14   9   1   4   43-14   28
3 California Storm                  14   9   1   4   40-14    28
4 Sonoma County Sol              14   6   3   5   26-18   21
5 Claremont Stars                   14   5   5   4   35-19   20
6 San Francisco Nighthawks     14   2   5   7   22-36   11
7 Lamorinda East Bay Power    13   1   1  11   14-61    4
8 Sacramento Pride                 13   1   0  12    5-80    3
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« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2007, 04:15:05 PM »
The regular divisional season is over and the play-offs for the final League championship places have also been nearly completed within the last week.

The league championships (Final Four) will be held at the home of Tampa Bay Elite but, unlike the W League championships, the hosts don't get an automatic spot. Two of the slots go to the West and Mid West divisional champions. The Eastern Conference place is determined by play-offs between the top teams in the North East and Atlantic divisions.  The champions of the South and South West divisions go head to head for the final place.  As it happens, Tampa made it anyway by that route.

Results so far:-

Wednesday 18th July

North East Division Play-Off
Long Island Fury 3 Soccerplus Connecticut 2

Saturday 21st July

Eastern Conference Semi Finals
Atlantic City Diablos 3 Long Island Fury 1
New England Mutiny 6 Northampton Laurels 0

Inter Conference (South v South West) Play-Off
Denver Diamonds 1 Tampa Bay Elite 2

Sunday 22nd July

Eastern Conference Final
New England Mutiny 2 Atlantic City Diablos 1

That sorts out three of the final four places:-
Ajax (W)
New England Mutiny (E)
Tampa Bay Elite (S/SW)

The final slot is still to be determined between the top two in the Midwest Division who tied on points - apparently goal difference doesn't count. FC Indiana and River Cities Futbol play head to head again for that place.
 

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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2007, 10:01:56 AM »
Nice bit of U.S. controversy to rival the Tevez saga in English men's football

Originally the WPSL were saying:-

"If F.C. Indiana wins (their last weekend matches), the Midwest conference title would be a tie and a playoff game would be necessary to determine which team advances to the Final Four. The two opponents have met twice in league play, with RCFC beating FCI by a 1-0 score at home while being shutout on the road the week prior 2-0 in Indianapolis. Due to the head-to-head goal differential, FCI would host the playoff match."

After Indiana won their remaining games to tie on points, everyone was expecting a mid-week game this week between the two rivals. Then, with no prior warning the U.S. Soccer Federation have ruled that River Cities played a game with an ineligible player - don't say when, don't say who - so the WPSL have ruled that FC Indiana go into the League Championship play-offs in Tampa Bay.




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« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2007, 10:39:29 AM »
Saturday 28th July

League Championship Play-Off Semi Finals (in Tampa Bay)

Ajax 1 FC Indiana 1 (after extra time)
FC Indiana won on penalties

New England Mutiny 1 Tampa Bay Elite 1 (after extra time)
New England won on penalties

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« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2007, 11:06:03 AM »
AJAX AMERICA 1, F.C. INDIANA 1 (FCI-W on PK's, 4-3)

Midwest champions out-last Ajax, win on PK's via the heroics of goalkeeper Kristen Luckenbill

TAMPA, FL (07/28/07) - In the first National Semifinal of the 2007 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Final Four, the two internationally-ranked sides delivered when it came to the overall quality of play, but unfortunately not on the scoreboard. After two 15-minute overtime periods in a tightly contested match, West champion Ajax America and Midwest champion F.C. Indiana went to penalty kicks as the game ended at a 1-1 deadlock.

Former Carolina Courage goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill came up big for her new team, saving two penalty kicks including the match-deciding try by Ajax defender & former Duke University star Carmen Bognanno. West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Karen Bardsley (3 saves) kept No. 2-internationally ranked Ajax in the penalty kick shootout with a save on Italian Women's National Team member Elisabetta Tona, but it was the No. 7 F.C. Indiana side who ran off the field victorious.

FCI got on the board in the 21st minute as midfielder Laura Baeza scored an unassisted goal, as a scrum ensued in front of the net after a cross from one of her compatriots. Ajax answered back only a minute later on a knockdown opportunity after a free kick, as former Carolina Courage star Brooke O'Hanley clinically finished from 25 yards out & inside the upper right corner of goal.

O'Hanley would test Luckenbill (10 saves) again in the first half just nine minutes later, delivering a dangerous free kick that the former Dartmouth College back-stop deftly touched over the bar. Midfielder April Colen would test Luckenbill two minutes later, but the FCI keeper would dive and touch her shot past the post.

All-WPSL selection Tona would have her header off a corner kick saved off the line a few minutes later, and that would spur FCI going into half-time as forward Lauren Sesselmann would fire a shot off the crossbar in stoppage time. The Midwest champs would hold the run of play as the second half commenced, as Mexican WNT member & All-WPSL member Fatima Leyva would test the Ajax defense with a series of free kicks. The West champs would out-foul FCI by a 18-14 margin in this match.

In the first overtime period, Ajax had a chance to go ahead in the 98th minute as All-WPSL selection Kandace Wilson had an open net but could not convert. The second overtime period would go without a major scoring opportunity for either side.

FCI now goes on the WPSL National Final being played Sunday, July 29th at 1:00 p.m. They will face the winner of the second WPSL Semifinal pitting the South champ Tampa Bay Elite and the East representative and No. 17-internationally ranked New England Mutiny. 

http://www.wpsl.info/news/index.php/?cat=1&id=284

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« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2007, 11:18:18 AM »
TAMPA BAY 1, N.E. MUTINY 1 (NE-W on PK's, 5-4)

TAMPA, FL (07/28/07) - Like the first National Semifinal at Pepin-Rood Stadium, the match-up pitting the East & South Conference champions would come down to not only who scored more penalty kicks, but who stopped more as well. While the No. 17-internationally ranked New England Mutiny had a battle on their hands with the host team of the 2007 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Final Four in the Tampa Bay Elite, it was the feet of their goalkeeper who took control as the East champs won in a 5-4 shootout, after a 1-1 draw at the end of overtime.

At Pepin-Rood Stadium in front of a crowd of over 1,500, University of Connecticut star & rising Canadian international Stephanie Labbe lived it all on this night. With one glove, Labbe witnessed her college & club team-mate Meghan Schnur put New England on the board in the 6th minute on a penalty kick - after Lauren Molinaro was fouled on a corner kick by Mary-Frances Monroe.

But on the other glove, the Alberta native would give up a penalty herself with 15 minutes left in the first half via a defensive gaffe that very well could have shook her confidence. Tampa Bay's Lindsay Brauer would hammer home the penalty and the game would stay at 1-1 for the remaining of regulation and overtime.

Late in the second half, though, it was Labbe who came to the Mutiny's rescue as she sprinted out of net to intercept a Brauer one-on-one breakaway and her kick save would put the ball out of harm's reach. Both 15-minute overtime periods would run their course until with four minutes remaining, a free kick by Schnur would find defender Karyn Riviere but her header would sail just over the crossbar.

It was then on to penalty kicks and it appeared to be one of those nights for the four-time East champs. First, long-time midfield stalwart and Mutiny charter member Jenny Maurer would miss her try and then with the match on the line, Schnur would fire her attempt wide to push the shootout to one-and-done.

Labbe would once again rise to the occasion as took and converted the next PK for New England and would then save the Elite's last attempt by Paulina McIntosh. Rising UConn freshman Meghan Cunningham would step up to the penalty spot and finish off the WPSL Semifinal win for the Mutiny, who now will face F.C. Indiana and their all-encompassing keeper Kristin Luckenbill for the National Championship tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. 

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« Reply #33 on: July 30, 2007, 10:02:49 AM »
Sunday 29th July

League Championship Play-Off Final (in Tampa Bay)
FC Indiana 3 New England Mutiny 0
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« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2007, 10:48:30 AM »
F.C. INDIANA 3, NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 0

Midwest champions rewarded with second WPSL title in three seasons

TAMPA, FL (07/29/07) - As the story of the 2007 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) National Final began to write itself between No. 7-internationally ranked & Midwest champion F.C. Indiana and No. 17 & East champion New England Mutiny, the casual observer could tell that the match would be a tight one to the end, as both sides exchanged the run of play. One showcase of individual skill, one scoring opportunity or one moment in time could change the complexion of the match for either team, but unfortunately, the players were not able to accomplish that themselves.

Marred by a red card to New England's Megan Cunningham in the 58th minute - and the subsequent ejections of Mutiny head coach Tony Horta and his assistant for protest - F.C. Indiana scored on the ensuing possession for a two-goal lead and would eventually run on to a 3-0 victory over the East Conference champions to win the 2007 WPSL Championship. This is the second WPSL Championship in the past three years for F.C. Indiana, as they also won the 2005 title.

Horta may have had a case for his team, as just five minutes earlier, forward Lisa Grubb of the Midwest title holders received a yellow card for knocking New England goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe out of the match with a late challenge outside of the penalty area. Cunningham's slide tackle challenge was considered less vitriolic in nature by the Mutiny staff, whose team had already received two yellow cards in the match.

Already up 1-0, F.C. Indiana would put the dagger in immediately after the contentious episode concluded, as the discombobulated, 10-player New England side without their Conference Goalkeeper of the Year would give up an own goal. Grubb would administer the final tally herself off an assist from Final Four MVP Maria Ruiz with 10 minutes remaining to make the final scoreline.

"First of all, congratulations to F.C. Indiana and the New England Mutiny for making the WPSL Final," said League Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "I think that the Semifinal games certainly showed what both teams are made of - they both battled through adversity. They both won on penalty kicks and its very difficult to come back and play on the next day. Both New England and F.C. Indiana came back strong and played out the full 90 minutes of the championship, so they should be proud of their efforts.

"It does the league well to have teams that are that strong, but by the same token, there have been some controversies over the course of this year that I'd like to talk about - and that's the quality of the refereeing from the West Coast to the East Coast. Disputes, missed calls. We as a league have to look at this issue at our AGM in the off-season and decide on how we can get higher quality referees at our games."

FCI came out with the run of play early in the match, as Mexican Women's National Team member Fatima Leyva would test Labbe with a low driven shot in the 16th minute but the UConn product would make the save low to her right. The Mutiny would slowly pick up the pace of their game, but it was Lauren Sesselmann who would deftly turn and shoot in the 27th minute, forcing another save from Labbe.

New England would respond immediately after Sesselmann's opportunity, as Jenny Maurer would rip a shot from 20 yards out that would sail just over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Meghan Schnur would serve in a free kick from the left flank and the header from defender Karyn Riviere would get deflected just wide of the far post.

A 50-50 match would turn into a physical reality, as with two minutes remaining in the half, a collision between Labbe and Ruiz would result in the first goal of the match. The Mutiny defense could only watch helplessly as the ball just trickled over the goal line for the eventual game-winner. New England would hold the slight run of play as the second half ensued, but almost instantaneously going a player and a goal down would immediately deflate their sails.

2007 ALL-WPSL FINAL FOUR TOURNAMENT TEAM: GK Stephanie Labbe (New England); D Brooke O'Hanley (Ajax America), D Elisabetta Tona (F.C. Indiana), D Karyn Riviere (New England Mutiny), D Paulina McIntosh (Tampa Bay Elite); M Maria Ruiz (F.C. Indiana), M Fatima Leyva (F.C. Indiana), M Elena Terekhova (F.C. Indiana), M Lauren Molinaro (New England Mutiny); F Lindsay Brauer (Tampa Bay Elite), F Kandace Wilson (Ajax America).

2007 FINAL FOUR MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Maria Ruiz (F.C. Indiana).

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« Reply #35 on: October 26, 2007, 08:49:46 PM »
Millburn Magic to play in Mid-Atlantic Division of East Conference in 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (10/26/07) - One of the top-rated leagues in the world of women's soccer has arrived in Northern New Jersey this week, as the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has announced the addition of the Millburn Magic as an expansion team for the 2008 season. The Millburn Magic will play in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the East Conference alongside teams such as the Philadelphia Liberty and two-time division winners Atlantic City Diablos.

"We welcome the Millburn Magic to the league," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "There were a number of potential candidates for the Northern NJ area, but the Magic organization combines a high level of both soccer and business expertise with a strong youth soccer infrastructure, which set them aside from the competition. We have complete confidence in their ability to be successful on and off the field moving forward."

The 2008 Magic roster will include Millburn alumni and 2006 captains in goalkeeper Lia Fierro and midfielder Samantha Weiner, now playing at Monmouth University and Cornell College, respectively. The Head Coach will be Andy Sones, the current Millburn Girl's Soccer coach and CEO of the Magic organization. The team has a provisional agreement to play home games at the Dr. Keith A. Neigel Stadium at Millburn High School - located just miles west of New York City.

A former youth player in the English Premier League with Charlton Athletic, Sones began his coaching career at their Center of Excellence, before moving to fellow Premiership side West Ham United and eventually Manchester United, where he saw and experienced youth development at work in one of the most successful clubs in the world. His educational background includes: a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Science; a Masters in Sports Management; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Research Methods & Design; and, specialized qualifications in sports nutrition, sport psychology and fitness training.

"It's wonderful to be able to play at such a high level on my own doorstep and this gives everyone the chance to see high level soccer right here in town," said Fierro, who has an impressive 7-2-4 record (0.77 GAA, 5 shutouts) for Monmouth so far this season as a freshman keeper and was an All-State and All-Group III selection at Millburn H.S.

"It's great," said Weiner, who has appeared in six matches for the Big Red this season as a freshman midfielder and was an All-Essex selection at Millburn H.S. "I never thought I'd get the chance to play for a Millburn team again."

"I feel very strongly that this is a wonderful opportunity for the sporting community in the town," said Milburn H.S. Athletic Director Ted D'Alessio. "This is a great way to promote and develop the profile of women's soccer in Millburn."

In addition to local talent, the Magic will showcase the best players from the North Jersey area. Sones is negotiating to bring in a number of international players from overseas - some fresh from the recent Women's World Cup in China.

"I'm working hard to attract some of the very best players in the world right here to the town," said Sones, who also holds a UEFA "B" Coaching License, USSF coaching certification and the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma. "Millburn is full of girls who love playing soccer, and what better way to support and develop that than by providing them the best role models? When they're not playing, the Magic players will be involved in training and coaching individuals and local teams in the town, so the kids can actually meet and relate to them as people as well as watching them on the field."

While player expenses are covered, the league is strictly amateur and the Magic organization is working with local and regional business partners to provide sponsorship to cover transport and league operating costs. There has been considerable support from other sources and the community as well.

"Working with Andy on this initiative presents a tremendous opportunity to showcase women's sports and tremendous, talented athletes," said Millburn Mayor Dan Baer. "I fully support this effort which helps to bring another level of prominence to women's soccer. The entire Township benefits from the connection to this high level of competition and the opportunity for local, home grown talent to participate at the highest levels of the sport."

"This is fantastic for soccer in town," said Millburn Soccer President Kevin Willens. "It can only help to get more kids playing and loving the game."

For more information on the Millburn Magic, visit their official website at http://www.millburnmagic.com or contact Rob Napier by e-mail at rnapier@millburnmagic.com or by phone at (973) 315-3098.

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« Reply #36 on: October 26, 2007, 08:53:20 PM »
Millburn Magic Seek British Stars
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Opportunity came knocking for high level English players today, with news that Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team Millburn Magic were looking to add four British players for the 2008 season.

The Magic, an expansion team in 2008, have a predominantly British coaching staff, although their training organization is now firmly entrenched at the forefront of New Jersey soccer.

The WPSL, which has been around since 1998, currently offers the highest level of women’s soccer in the United States, and has featured top international players as Julie Foudy, Shannon MacMillan and Brandi Chastain as well as many current National Team players including Abby Wambach, Shannon Boxx and National team captain Kristine Lilly.

“There is a lot of talent in the English Women’s leagues” said Andy Sones, Head Coach and owner of the Magic organization. “I’m pleased that we can enable the best of those players to come to the United States, train and play 6 days a week and compete against some of the best players in the world. There are so many opportunities for quality motivated players now, and this is one of the best. I’m expecting that it will generate a lot of interest in the English women’s soccer community.

“When they’re not playing, the Magic players will be involved in training and coaching across New Jersey, As an added incentive, with the professional women’s league starting in 2009, Magic players will have the chance to put themselves in the ‘shop window’ for professional contracts the following year.”

The Millburn Magic team is based 20 minutes west of New York City, and will play in the WPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference against teams such as the Philadelphia Liberty and 2007 conference winners Atlantic City Diablos. Conference winners move on to national play-offs, and the current national champions are FC Indiana (Indianapolis, IN) who beat Ajax America (Redondo Beach, CA) in Tampa three months ago.

The season runs from the start of May through to the beginning of August. In addition to British players, The 2008 Magic roster will include talent from across New Jersey, with some high profile sign-ups already sign-ups already. Open tryouts will be held in late November and early December.

More about the Millburn Magic at www.millburnmagic.com

More about the WPSL at www.wpsl.info

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« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2007, 06:15:51 PM »
ASG BRINGS WPSL SOCCER TO MAINE

Based out of Bangor, the Maine Tide will compete in the WPSL East in 2008
 
SACRAMENTO, CA (11/08/07) — It is currently the off-season in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) but when it comes to planning for Summer 2008, the proverbial light of the league is still switched on. The Atlantic Sports Group - consisting of President Cheryl Stokes and Vice President of Soccer Operations Seth Brown - will bring one of the fastest-growing soccer leagues in the world to Bangor, Maine next year, as the newly-formed Maine Tide will compete in the North Division of the WPSL East Conference.

"We are very excited to have the Maine Tide join the WPSL," said Associate Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "The Atlantic Sports Group presented a very impressive business plan and we are convinced that they will provide the highest of standards, on and off the field, that we look for in the WPSL."

"The opportunity arose for us to bring in expansion teams ourselves, and we decided we'd take our combined experience and bring teams to Bangor," said Stokes of her and Brown's decision to bring the WPSL to Maine, as both had worked for the Atlanta Silverbacks prior to Brown's move back to Maine - where he is originally from.

"We're a sport, entertainment and education program," said Brown of the Tide organization. "We want to be an advocate for the game... and we want to be an advocate for Maine and Bangor in general."

The Maine Tide will play their first match in May 2008 at the John P. Boucher Soccer Pitch - home to the Husson College soccer programs. The field was originally built in 2001 through a generous donation by Husson alumnus John P. Boucher ('66) and is located at the heart of the campus within the "circle" in the shadows of the Bell Tower.

The 116 x 72 yard soccer pitch was one of the finest natural grass stadiums in New England but is now undergoing a face-lift. Once again with Mr. Boucher's generous support, the field will now lose its natural grass surface and be converted to Field Turf. The $650,000 renovation will make the John Boucher Soccer Pitch one of the finest collegiate complexes in New England.

At their inaugural launch party held in September, locals had the opportunity to meet Stokes, Brown and their intern staff to get information about the teams and their educational intentions. One of the team's goals according to Brown is to provide educational opportunities for local students and community members.

Tickets are already on sale for the upcoming season and cost $5 each per game. Family passes - which include four tickets to each of the 15 home games and four merchandise items of your choice - are available for $300. There are also group rates available for purchases of 20 tickets or more.

For more information about the Maine Tide, visit their official website at http://www.mainetidesoccer.com or you can e-mail Cheryl Stokes at cheryl.atlanticsportsgroup@gmail.com.

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« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2007, 02:34:19 AM »
WPSL ANNOUNCES GEORGIA EXPANSION

F.C. Thomasville will join the South Conference in Summer 2008

SACRAMENTO, CA (11/23/07) - The F.C. Thomasville Dragons will be joining the Women Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the Summer 2008 season and will play in the South Conference. With this further expansion of the WPSL, one of the top women's soccer leagues in the world will now have representation in the Georgia-Alabama area.

"There has been a lot of interest from Thomasville over the past year, and we are very pleased to award the expansion team to F.C. Thomasville," said WPSL Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. "They are building a great organization and will be models for future teams in Savannah, Columbus, Jacksonville and Augusta. We look forward to the success of F.C. Thomasville and the growth of women's premier soccer in Georgia."

"I am proud to be a member of the soccer community in south Georgia, and very pleased to be a part of providing quality soccer for local fans and great opportunities for local players," said Thomasville LLC's General Manager Jim Wiggins Jr., who chose the WPSL as the superior opportunity for getting the best competition level and game quality. "The WPSL is a quality organization in all respects and F.C. Thomasville is honored to be associated with the league and its teams."

Wiggins - who holds a United States Soccer Federation National "C" Coaching License and is a board member of the Thomas Area Soccer Association and Plantation Adult Soccer Affiliate - points out the importance of the WPSL for women's soccer; especially with the increase in college programs for women in Georgia and the impending return of women's professional soccer to the United States in 2009.

"Women have tremendous opportunities right now for college scholarships," said Wiggins. "At least a half dozen colleges and universities have launched women's programs in Georgia in the recent years. With the return of professional women's soccer, the excitement for the sport will continue to grow. I see the Southwest Georgia and Northwest Florida area as being an untapped market, which we will successfully fill."

F.C. Thomasville Dragons becomes the first expansion team from Georgia to join the WPSL and will be the sixth team in the South Conference next season. The other five teams are based in the Central-South Florida area and include the two-time conference champion & 2007 WPSL Final Four host Tampa Bay Elite, Orlando Falcons, Central Florida Strikers, Miami Kickers F.C. and Palm Beach United. Further expansion of the WPSL South Division is expected in the future.

The Dragons are hoping to attract top players from the United States, Europe and around the world with the club already opening discussions with select local and international players. Tryouts will be held in January & March in Thomasville with the January date being announced in December while the March date will be announced in February. F.C. Thomasville Dragons is the women's premier division of the community-based Thomasville Dragons as men's, women's and co-ed teams are fielded at the recreational level within the Plantation Adult Soccer Affiliate of the Georgia Adult Soccer Association.

For more information, you can visit their official website at http://www.thomasvilledragons.com or you can contact General Manager Jim Wiggins Jr. directly by phone at 229-319-0017 or by email at jdwj@yahoo.com.

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« Reply #39 on: November 26, 2007, 11:09:26 PM »
Okay, I just want to point out the following:

Thomasville is 20 miles from where I live.

I work for a local paper and subscribe to the Thomasville rag.

I usually watch the local news at least 2-3 times a week.

This is the first I've heard of this. This is happening in Thomasville, a hole in the wall I visit frequently. And I'm hearing about this for the first time on a UK-based soccer board?

How sad. How very, very sad.

(Thanks for the info, redrobin. Again. I'm just sort of floored I'm hearing about this here. If you know what I mean.)

If the only prayer you say in your whole life is thank you, that would suffice.