Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Coverage of women's soccer in the US. If it's not here...it's not important...
Here are top 5 women's soccer stories of the year. Some are obvious, some were missed by the soccer press.
W-League – Washington Freedom
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
The Boston Breakers have announced a partnership between the Boston Renegades of the W-League and the Boston Breakers of the new women’s professional soccer league that will begin play in 2009.
For her part, Antonucci is keenly aware of what’s at stake with her new league.
The Los Angeles Rampage has successfully acquired the rights to an expansion franchise in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) to begin competition in the West Conference for the Summer 2008 season.
The Pali Blues Soccer Club of the USL W-League made official today the signing of their first-ever player, Kendall Fletcher. The former University of North Carolina standout and FIFA World Youth champion is set to join the team as they prepare for their inaugural season in 2008.
Impervious, I select my own 2007 Best 11 team:
The president of the University of Nevada, Reno has banned from UNR property a former women's soccer coach who filed a whistleblower complaint and is suing the university.
Ventura County Fusion soccer club announced Thursday it has hired Loyola Marymount assistant coach Michelle Myers as the first head coach of the Fusion women's team.
Oklahoma named Texas assistant Nicole Nelson as the Sooners' new soccer coach on Friday.
For their excellence at the highest levels of the sport, U.S. Soccer named U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach as the 2007 Female Athlete of the Year and 20 WNT forward Lauren Cheney won the Young Female Award.
"I was constantly on the sidelines trying to calm the team down to play shorter passing, to keep the ball at the back and not to lump it forward, but I think that under the pressure, I think some of the players struggled with it." - Greg Ryan
United Soccer Leagues announced today that the Ventura County Fusion and Los Angeles Storm of the Premier Development League will be adding W-League franchises to their clubs for the 2008 campaign, extending their rivalry into the women’s game.
Sky Blue Soccer announced today that Denise Reddy has been named head coach of Jersey Sky Blue - the organization's W-League franchise. One of the finest women's soccer products ever to come out of New Jersey, Reddy served as an assistant coach with Jersey Sky Blue last year and will guide the team into its second season in the W-League.
Two months after Ottawa Fury's GM Chris Roth stepped down, Head Coach Frank Lofranco was replaced by Craig Smith.
2007 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Women’s Division I All-America Team
Texas A&M'Ashlee Pistorius, UCLA’s Lauren Cheney and Florida State’s Mami Yamaguchi are the three finalists for the Hermann Trophy.
Former Monroe Community College soccer standout Wendy Kotwas-Waddell has been named head coach of the Hampton Roads (Va.) Piranhas of the W-League.
The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team lost the first match of a three-game series in Buenos Aires, Argentina, losing 2-1 to the Argentina U-17 Women’s National Team.
Ryan's .900 winning percentage is the best among the six coaches the U.S. has had.
Mark Krikorian is going to win a national title at Florida State University.
Marihelen Tomer and Janessa Currier scored goals as the Trojans beat Florida State 2-0 on Sunday in the final of the NCAA Women's College Cup.
Jolly Cochetti of Simi Valley, one of the first soccer players to make the first women's national team, died at her home Wednesday afternoon. She was 46.
Many pundits were right when they said that this Final Four would define Ellis. Are we all in agreement this morning about the sentence that best describes her?
"Something is definitely lacking in preparation and game adjustments. DA did not look like her normal self. Team looked unfit. And nobody marking Arod on the last goal. And the looks on the coaches faces the last 15 minutes said it all. Too much talent to come up short SIX times in a row." - VechiaSignora on Big Soccer forums
The USC women's soccer team will play for the national title on Sunday, having snapped an 11-match winless streak against crosstown rival UCLA with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in the NCAA semifinals at Aggie Stadium on Friday night. Amy Rodriguez scored both goals for the Women of Troy, notching her first career multiple-goal game, and USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen had a career-high eight saves.
Amanda DaCosta scored the winning goal in the 71st minute to help Florida State advance to its first NCAA Women's College Cup final with a 3-2 win over Notre Dame on Friday night.
TCU Athletics Director Danny Morrison announced on Thursday that women's soccer coach Dan Abdalla has agreed to a multi-year contract extension. This fall, Abdalla coached TCU to its most wins overall and in conference play since the 2003 season. The Horned Frogs also competed in post-season play for the second time in three years by advancing to the Mountain West Conference tournament.
United Soccer Leagues announced Friday details for the 2008 USL W-League season, which will see two divisions swap conferences for the upcoming campaign. Among the details finalized recently at the 2007 Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, FL were the alignment, schedule and playoff details for the upcoming campaign.
"We'll have mail communication with recruits three times a week - very, very personalized, unique mail communication," Cortis said. "That is probably totally old-school, but I believe in the power of a hand-written note. I think that it's proven successful for us. That will always be a pillar of the way we recruit, just constant personal communication."
He is the first to admit, however, that the team he inherited from former women's coach Jim Millinder was already stacked when he first arrived on campus.
Rebecca Hornbacher has resigned as women's soccer coach at Iowa State, the school announced today.
In just its 10th year of existence, The University of Tampa women's soccer team won the NCAA II national championship with a 3-1 shootout victory over five-time national champ Franklin Pierce College. With the game scoreless following regulation and two overtime periods, the 19-2-4 Spartans took the shootout to claim the program's first title.
Defender Kasey Johnson’s header in the 63rd minute gave second-seeded USC a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Championships Friday night in front of a record crowd at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The UConn women's soccer team allowed the tying goal in the final nine minutes of regulation and lost 3-2 in overtime to Florida State Friday in an NCAA quarterfinal game.
Duke battled Notre Dame to the end, but fell 3-2 Friday night in the NCAA College Cup women's soccer quarterfinals.
The University of Portland women's soccer team's season ended Friday with a double overtime 3-2 loss at No. 1 ranked UCLA.