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January 01, 2006

Top 5 women's soccer stories of 2005

Here are top 5 women's soccer stories of the year.
Some are obvious, some were missed by the soccer press.

1. Mark Krikorian's success at Florida State University - the FSU women's soccer team overcomes the turmoil of a coaching change, the transfers of two top players and the loss of several recruits to regroup under new coach Mark Krikorian to reach the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. Krikorian, a former U.S. under-20 head coach, blended in international players with the returning starters to win 20 games.

2. Lilly' remarkable record - the USA’s captain had another remarkably productive and consistent year as she pumped up her world-record cap total to 299. As she has her entire career, Lilly showed her amazing versatility, playing outside left midfielder, forward and attacking midfield at different times during the year.

3. FC Indiana makes women's soccer history - team wins the Women's Premier Soccer League and the US Open Cup titles in the same season.

4. New Jersey Wildcats' first championship - the first time champions claimed the 2005 W-League Championship in front of a franchise-record crowd of of 2,233, in a match televised live on the Fox Soccer Channel.

5. The US WNT - for the first time the U.S. team has gone through an entire calendar year without allowing a goal (in 1989, the team played just one match). Aside from the aberration of 1989, the fewest goals the U.S. women have allowed in a calendar year was three, coming in 1990 when the team played six games. The USA was 8-0-1.

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