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June 29, 2008

Future WPS team in danger

Future Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) member Jersey Sky Blue is in danger of missing W-League playoffs. Currently third in the Northeast Division, the Sky Blues may need key wins against Long Island and the Freedom to qualify.
What must worry coach Denise Reddy is the Sky Blue's inability to score goals. The team has managed to score only 10 goals this season.

June 28, 2008

USA U-20 0, Canada U-20 1

Canada has won the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico. Canada won 1:0 over rivals the United States to take first place in the eight-team tournament. It is the second time in three tries that Canada has won the women’s youth confederation championship.
Canada won the final on the strength of a Karla Schacher goal late in the first half. Canadian goalkeeper Erin McNulty posted the clean sheet for the victory. Coach Bob Birarda recorded his sixth-straight win in charge of the Canadian women’s U-20 team.
'They just couldn’t get behind our back four,' says Birarda.
Behind Canada and the United States, Mexico finished third to clinch the last-remaining CONCACAF position for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Chile 2008. After a 2:2 draw a.e.t. against Costa Rica in the match for third place, hosts Mexico clinch third place by winning the penalty shootout.

Former Drexel player loses battle with lung cancer

Laura Meikle Koch, 28, one of the greatest players in Drexel women's soccer history, died June 13 from lung cancer at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
"It was a total shock for this to happen to someone so young," Koch's former soccer coach at Drexel, Ray Goon, wrote in an e-mail. "It's just not right."
Koch, who played for the Dragons from 1998 to 2001, left as Drexel's all-time leader in goals (16) and points (39). She tallied a single-game record three goals Oct. 27, 1998 against St. Peter's.
After graduating Drexel in 2002, Koch worked for the Veterinary Referral Center in Frazer, a 24-hour emergency care center, and loved to nurture animals.

June 27, 2008

Washington Freedom use of soccer field scoured

At Lewinsville Park, home base of McLean Youth Soccer, a lot of kids play a lot of soccer all the time. Most of those kids are from McLean, but not all of them, and that might be a problem.
The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation has begun an investigation into the relationship between McLean Youth Soccer and the Washington Freedom, a Maryland-based professional women's soccer team. About twice a week, Super Y league teams of girls who have paid hundreds of dollars to play soccer with the Washington Freedom youth teams gather at Lewinsville Park to play.
“Taxpayers helped fund the field, we pay for the lights, we fund the maintenance. ... They shouldn't let for-profit teams make money from a county field,” said Liz Rothrock, a McLean resident who lives close to the park.

Atlanta looks to remain unbeaten

The Atlanta Silverbacks put their undefeated record on the line Friday, hosting the Bradenton Athletics at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Kickoff is set for 7:55 p.m.
“A win tomorrow will all but put us in the playoffs,” said head coach Tony Anglin.

June 25, 2008

Scurry unhappy

"We were told it would be a clean slate for everybody," Scurry said. "I've played in only one game. I don't know if that looks like an opportunity to anybody, but it didn't feel like one to me."

"I was the healthiest one of the three all year and brought it to training every day. I feel like I worked and I was one of the fittest ones. Hope and I were the fittest of the goalkeepers every time we ran any kind of fitness training test or anything like that.

WPSL Team of the Week

Brazilian legend Sissi of the California Storm has been named the WPSL Player of the Week. After a humbling two-loss weekend, the Storm has bounced back with a purpose, notching three straight wins and the former San Jose Cyber Ray has been the lynchpin in the team's efforts to rise up once again as the top team in the WPSL - and also be present for the 2008 Final Four that the organization is hosting this season.

F Brooke Knowlton (SOCCERPLUS CT)
The Boston College star & former U.S. U-17 National Team member had a breakout weekend, scoring four goals while providing an assist for the undefeated Reds in victories over Maine and Massachusetts. Against the Tide, Knowlton broke the deadlock score in the 28th minute with the eventual game-winning goal from Knowlton and iced the match with her second of the day in the 74th minute.

F Lauren Mattheson (WEST COAST F.C.)
The youngest player on the squad was one of the most threatening players on the field this past weekend for WCFC. Creating all kinds of trouble in a pair of wins over traditional Pacific powerhouses Ajax America and San Diego WFC, the SoCal Blues star & soon-to-be Santa Clara Bronco scored the eventual game-winner against the SeaLions in a 2-0 shutout win.

F Betty Ann Casey (MIAMI KICKERS F.C.)
The former Mississippi State University star continues to be a physical presence on the pitch for Miami, netting four goals and two assists in blowout wins over F.C. Thomasville and Orlando. According to Head Coach Marc Miceli, his athletic veteran forward "is in great form and she keeps on improving her performance with every game."

With the loss of four starting players for last week's matches and still on the rebound from a very disappointing team performance a few weeks back, the Storm had one of the all-time greats in women's soccer history continue to light up the soccer field with her Brazilian flair. Scoring three goals, assisting on many others while being the lynchpin of the California offense, Sissi has been the main reason why the Storm are in first place in the Pacific-North Division and have scored 19 goals in the past three matches.

A multiple nominee from the Mutiny this season, the up-and-coming University of Connecticut star once again showed her defensive prowess in a win over Adirondack, snuffing out every attack in the midfield. After a loss to first place SoccerPlus CT, New England continues to stake their claim to second place in the East-North Division and that important postseason spot.

In their first win of the 2008 season, Chicago had the Loyola University midfielder to count upon as she netted the eventual game-winner in the match versus F.C. Twente3 on June 18th. The rematch between the two squads is this evening in Midwest Conference action.

D Kendall Billingsley (WEST COAST F.C.)
The ability of the former UCLA standout to anchor her defense as the team's center back was unquestioned this past weekend, denying every attack through the middle of the pitch. On top of that, scoring the game-opening goal against Ajax on June 21st has enabled WCFC to move into first place in the Pacific-South Division.

D Amanda Harris (SONOMA COUNTY F.C. SOL)
A 3-year starter at right back for the Sol, Harris had the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win on Saturday over F.C. Sacramento after moving up to the front line in the second half. Harris has been stellar in the back for the Sol this season, and her game vs. Walnut Creek on June 22nd was extraordinary and contributed to a 4-0 win which keeps the Sol in second place in the Pacific-North and in good position to secure a playoff spot.

D Rebekah Splaine (BOSTON AZTECS)
The former Boston Breaker and New England Mutiny star had a dominating performance against New York A.C. The Aztecs registered their second win of the 2008 campaign in a 2-0 shutout home victory on June 22nd, with Splaine adding a goal for good measure.

The SeaLions won the first-ever San Diego Women's Soccer Derby series on June 21st because of the heroics of the former All-WPSL selection & Daily San Diego Soccer News All-Star honoree. The former San Diego State stalwart made five point-blank, one-on-one saves - including three in the final six minutes - to hold-off a fierce SD United counterattack (33 shots overall) and preserve the SeaLions' 1-0 win.

The Philadelphia Liberty played two games against the best of the East Mid-Atlantic Division and the soon-to-be George Mason Patriot - who has only allowed 2 goals in 6 matches this season - did her civic duty in between the posts. In the game against the Lancaster Inferno, Frey secured a shutout in a 0-0 draw and in Sunday's match vs. the defending division champion A.C. Diablos, Frey once again did not allow a goal, coming up with a number of quality saves to secure an important 1-0 win.

Seattle 0, Pali Blues 1

The first place Pail Blues (8-0-0) played to a heart-pounding finish tonight against the Western Conference’s 5th place Seattle Sounders (1-2-3) at the Starfire Sports Complex before a raucous crowd of onlookers.

June 23, 2008

18 for China

GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)

More needs to be done to grow the game

"The USSF President Sunil Gulati must reexamine how we are allocating money.
It would be really unfortunate but the way things are going, the rest of the world is catching up to the U.S. in terms of player development and even bypassing us in terms of investment in the game,” Borkowski said.
But the truth is that the investment in the game is revolving around just the national players. Following Germany’s example, it needs to be broader.
A lot of work needs to be done to lift the infrastructure and there are too many promising post college players who walk away from the game because they see no future in it.”
Borkowski also offered his support to efforts to establish a federation operated US Open Women’s Cup. This, according to Borkowski, would be of benefit to all clubs, pro and amateur alike, and bring added attention to women’s soccer in the country.

June 22, 2008

Region 1 Women's Open Cup final

The United German Hungarian – Elite (E-PA) swept the Kappa Real Wyckoff (NJ) for a 5-0 win by the UGH – Elite on Sunday’s final.

Pali Blues 3, Vancouver 0

The Vancouver Whitecaps made a little team history on Sunday. It was nothing to celebrate, mind you.
Vancouver's 3-0 loss to the Pali Blues marked the first time the Whitecaps have been shutout in back-to-back games and failed to score at Swangard Stadium -- a span of 56 games -- and goes down in the books as the team's worst loss on home soil.

USA U-20 3, Mexico U-20 0

The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team earned the top place in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship by defeating host Mexico, 3-0, in front of a hostile crowd at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla, Mexico.
The U.S. will play Costa Rica, who finished in second place in Group B, at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 25, in the tournament semifinal. The other semifinal features Group B winner Canada against Mexico in the second game of Wednesday afternoon’s doubleheader. The semifinal winners, along with the winner of the third-place game will earn one of the region’s three berths to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and a trip to the tournament final on Saturday, June 28.

June 21, 2008

Long Island 2, Boston 0

Connecticut 6, New Jersey 1

The Connecticut Passion earned its fourth straight victory in impressive fashion with a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Wildcats.

June 18, 2008

W-League Team of the Week

United Soccer Leagues announced today the W-League Team of the Week for the ninth week of the USL season and the sixth edition of the W-League Team of the Week for the year, honoring Northern Virginia Goalkeeper Kate Milstead as Player of the Week.

GK, Kate Milstead, N. Virginia, 23 saves in 1-1 tie at Washington
D, Sue Weber, Long Island, Provided great defense and added assist on GWG
D, Jill Bilbeau, Washington, Had GWG off the bench
D, Ciara McCormich, Ottawa, 1 goal and helped keep a clean sheet vs. London
D, Jennifer Anderson-Hammond, Chicago, GWG and helped preserve shutout
M, Amanda Cinalli, Cleveland, 2 goals and 1 assist in wins over the Outrage and Hawks
M, Domenique Esposito, Jersey Sky Blue, 2 goals in win over New Jersey
M, Joy Nsubuga, Hampton, GWG against the Carolina Dynamo
M, Natalie Martineau, Rochester, GWG against the Hamilton Avalanche
F, Tiffeny Milbrett, Vancouver, 2 goals and 1 assist in win over Ventura Co
F, Lindsay Brauer, Tampa Bay, GWG against the Carolina RailHawks

Player suffers of a stroke while getting ready for game

As Jennifer was preparing to play in a Women’s League soccer game on Monday, June 16, she collapsed as she stood up after putting on her soccer cleats.

She was transported to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, where an MRI-MRA determined that she had a blood clot in the brain and would need immediate surgery. Jennifer was then transported to Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis where the required surgery was performed and where she still remains.

Jennifer Manning was an All-American soccer player for the University of Minnesota. She was part of the USASA Elite Player Program as she played for the Minnesota Select Team. Her last performance was in this year’s George F. Donnelly Cup, where the Minnesota team was named 2008 Women’s Finalists.

She is currently the Stillwater Area High School Girls Varsity Coach and Director of Coaching for the White Bear Soccer Club. As of June 18, Jennifer’s condition is stable as she is being transferred out of ICU.

June 17, 2008

Pali signs Trotter

The Pali Blues Soccer Club (6-0-0) announced today the acquisition of U.S. National Team player India Trotter. The addition of Trotter comes midway through the inaugural campaign of the Blues in the USL W-League with the team currently sitting atop the Western Conference standings.

June 15, 2008

Pali Blues 4, Vancouver 0

The Pali Blues Soccer Club (6-0-0) put forth an impressive 90 minutes today to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-1-2) in a battle for the top spot in the Western Conference. Four different players tallied goals for the unbeaten Blues with goalkeeper Val Henderson taking the blank slate in net.
“Throughout the game, we made great runs and maintained great timing,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo commented. “We trusted each other and were able to run our game plan through the midfield. Every goal we scored was a nice goal.”

June 14, 2008

WPSL: SoccerPlus 3, New England 1

June 12, 2008

Pali Blues 0, USA U-23 0

The Pali Blues Soccer Club played to a 0-0 draw against the United States Under 23 National Team at The Home Depot Center.

June 11, 2008

W-League Team of the Week

United Soccer Leagues announced today the W-League Team of the Week for the eighth week of the USL season and the fifth edition of the year, honoring Connecticut Passion forward Natalie Urbas as Player of the Week.
Urbas had a huge weekend in leading the Passion to their first two franchise victories. She had four goals in wins over Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg and propelled Connecticut to fourth place in the Northeast Division of the W-League.
GK, Alicia Defino, New York, 6 saves, SO in rain-shortened 0-0 draw with Sky Blue
D, Kylie Davies, Richmond, Top defender in Kicker’s first win, 2-1 over Hampton Roads
D, Danielle Russel, Ventura, GWG in 71st, Fusion’s first win, 3-2 over Los Angeles
D, Niki Marshall, Fort Collins, 2 goals in 3-0 win over Los Angeles
M, Nicole Markowitz, Toronto, GWG in 80th, 2-1 over London for the 5-0-0 Lynx
M, Chelsea Cline, Minnesota, 2 goals in 5-0 win vs Kalamazoo for 3-0-0 Lightning
M, Lori Lindsey, Washington, 2 goals in 5-1 win over New Jersey for 3-1-0 Freedom
M, Mary McDonnell, Boston, 2 goals, 180 minutes in 2-0-0 week for division leader
F, Natalie Urbas, Connecticut, 4 goals in first two franchise wins for Passion
F, Kelly Schmedes, Charlotte, 2 goals and assist in 4-2 win over Tampa Bay
F, Aimee Legault, Laval, 2 goals in 4-0 win over Western Mass for 4-0-0 Comets

June 10, 2008

WPSL Team of the Week

Two goals and an assist - and a degree to boot as she graduated from medical school that same day - gives Tomecka the nod for Co-POTW.
Diminutive in stature but large in skill, the former Boston Breaker secured the win for the undefeated Mutiny with a textbook goal - dribbling through various defenders - against the Boston Aztecs. The four-time NSCAA All-American & Mutiny captain has been huge for New England this season, leading the league in goals scored (6), so her collective effort gives her the right to Co-POTW honors.
F Jasmyne Spencer (LONG ISLAND FURY)
Scored two goals and an assist in a pair of wins against the CDSA Future & reigning East-Mid Atlantic Division champion Atlantic City Diablos, respectively.
Not to be out-done by the East teams, the lone remaining undefeated side in the Pacific Conference needed the goal and assist performance from Coria over the weekend to help maintain that status. Coria's creative style and unpredictability were too much for their Pacific-North adversaries, as she was constantly creating havoc in the opposing defenses' with her dribbling ability and penetrating passes.
MF Carley Phillips (SOUTH SELECT)
According to head coach David DeVerteuil, Phillips was the "best midfielder for us by far" in victories vs. Charmaine Hooper and her Forth Worth F.C. side & Vitesse Dallas.
MF Tiffany Weimer (SOCCERPLUS CT)
This is the second appearance for the U.S. National Team Pool member on the WPSL TOTW, and Weimer is tied with Monroe for first in the WPSL in goals scored while leading the league in assists (5) & scoring (15 points).
The Montclair State University midfielder capped a fine performance with an outstanding 25-yard strike in the 3-2 win for the Millburn Magic over the CDSA Future in East-Mid Atlantic action.
One of the top headlines coming from the Sunshine Conference is the defensive prowess of the Puerto Rico Capitals, and their right back in Reyes played a technically & tactically clean game for 90 minutes as her side shut-out their third consecutive opponent - this time, against second place Palm Beach United. Palm Beach was held to five shots on goal and the University of Montana defender was a physical presence, closing down the opposing players on the right side of the field all night long.
The former Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year for Central Florida scored a goal and an assist, and snuffed out every F.C. Thomasville attack in their win over the Georgia-based side.
D Lindsey Smart (UTAH SPIDERS)
The All-WAC First Team & 2006 WAC Freshman of the Year honoree was one of the hardest working players on the field in the Spider's two wins over Arizona Rush & Northern Arizona last weekend. Smart was instrumental in holding the other team from scoring while also creating offensive scoring chances in what is now a wide-open Big Sky-North Division race.
With the loss of 2007 East Goalkeeper of the Year Stephanie Labbe to Canadian National Team duty, Luckey has had to be more than that this season for the Mutiny and has registered three shutouts. The UMass-Amherst keeper made a game-saving stop in their shutout win at Boston to help New England stay undefeated going into their match-up against SoccerPlus CT.

Jersey Sky Blue 0, USA U-17 2

Courtney Verloo connected in the first half and Kristen Mewis added another goal in the closing moments as the United States Under-17 National Team knocked off Jersey Sky Blue 2-0 in an exhibition match at Pascack Valley High School. US keepers Taylor Vancil and Alexa Gaul split the shutout in goal.
The US U-17s held a 19-5 advantage in shots as Sky Blue failed to find the back of the net for the fourth straight game including two W-League regular season matches and two exhibition matches.

June 08, 2008

Pali Blues 5, Colorado 1

The Pali Blues Soccer Club (5-0-0) picked up a second win over a conference foe in three days today when they defeated the Real Colorado Cougars (2-1-1) by a count of 5-1. Forward Katy Cross led the Blues attack by netting a first half hat trick.

June 07, 2008

Pali Blues 2 Fort Collins Force 1

The Pali Blues Soccer Club improved their overall regular season record to 4-0-0 after closing out a tight 2-1 road win over the Fort Collins Force (1-3-1) on Friday night.

June 06, 2008

FSU inks top recruiting class in the nation

The Florida State women's soccer program has claimed the number one ranked recruiting class in the nation for 2008 according to Soccer Buzz. The Seminole class includes five PARADE All-Americans and five participants on the U.S. U-18 National Team.
The honor marks the first time the Seminoles have been ranked No. 1 in recruiting. The ranking comes on the heels of FSU's second ranked class in 2007 making it the first time Florida State has had back-to-back top 10 classes.
Florida State will welcome six freshmen to Tallahassee this season. The newest additions to the Seminole soccer team include midfielder/defender Tori Huster (Cincinnati, Ohio), defender Julie Lancos (Belford, N.J.), forward Tiffany McCarty (Laurel, Mary.), forward/defender Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.), forward/midfielder Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.) and defender/midfielder Ella Stephan (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.).

Marta's agent in talks with W-League club

According to damfotboll.com Marta's agent Fabiano Farah is in talks with W-League club FC Indiana.

June 05, 2008

Bravo Chicago Red Stars

The Red Stars, Wilt said, intend to reach beyond the traditional women’s soccer audience: to embrace young adults, ethnic communities, the gay and lesbian community.

June 04, 2008

WPSL Team of the Week

The U.S. U-20 National Team star & soon-to-be North Carolina Tar Heel scored a hat-trick in just 32 minutes of action in the first half of Arizona's season-opening victory at Albuquerque.
The 2007 Conference-USA Newcomer of the Year for the University of Central Florida & Brazilian native translated her collegiate success to her club side. Dos Santos scored a remarkable four goals over the 2-0 weekend for the Sunshine Conference leader Cocoa Expos.
F Katie Schoepfer (SOCCERPLUS CT)
The U.S. U-23 National Team member & Penn State star notched a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win over the Boston Aztecs on May 30th.
The former Colorado Buffaloes standout & 2007 All-WPSL selection scored three goals and an assist in the Diamonds' first two games of the 2008 season - both wins.
The former Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year & Hartford standout notched two goals (including the eventual game-winner) in the Lynx's first win of 2008 vs. the Massachusetts Stingers.
The CSU-Northridge & Egyptian Women's National Team maestro has arguably been one of the most creative players on the first place Pacific-South Division side this season.
D Rochelle Willis (MIAMI KICKERS)
The former Princeton University & New Jersey Wildcats stalwart took control of the match against F.C. Thomasville, shutting down the opponent's offensive attacks and settled down the pace of the game in Miami's first win of the 2008 season.
D Stacie Alberico / Maureen Whitney (CALIFORNIA STORM)
Each of these players contributed greatly in two wins this past weekend for the perennial powerhouse Storm.
The former Cal-Berkeley defender played an important role in Saturday's 2-1 defeat over SD United, the first win of the season for the SeaLions.
The 2007 NCAA DIII Woman of the Year Finalist notched two shutouts (in two scoreless draws) against two strong opponents last weekend.

Burke W-League POTW

United Soccer Leagues announced today the W-League Team of the Week for the seventh week of the USL season and the fourth edition of the W-League Team of the Week for the year, honoring Boston Renegades goalkeeper Meghann Burke as Player of the Week.
W-League Team of the Week
GK, Meghann Burke, Boston, 2 shutout victories on the road
D, Sarah Burns, Michigan, 1 goal against Minnesota
D, Kara Kabellis, Pali, 1 goal against Ventura
D, Michelle Edgar, Hamilton, Controlled the backline in shutout victory
M, Jonelle Filigno, Vancouver, Scored game-winner against Fort Collins
M, Julianne Sitch, FC Indiana, 2 goals in victory over Chicago
M, Lyndsey Patterson, Atlanta, 1 goal and set up another in win over Charlotte
M, Emilie Mercier, Laval, 1 goal and assist in win over Western Mass
F, Caroline Smith, Minnesota, Game winning goal against Michigan
F, Christie Rife, Charlotte, 1 goal and assist in win over Bradenton
F, Mercy Akide Udoh, Hampton, 2 goals in victory over the Dynamo

Chicago reveals name and logo

The fans have spoken and Peter Wilt listened.
Chicago's Women's Pro Soccer team will be called the Chicago Red Stars, the team president announced Tuesday.
The team name is in honor of the four red stars on Chicago's flag. A fifth star was added to the Red Stars' logo to represent Chicago's new women's team. The Red Stars' team colors will be light blue, red, white and navy blue.

June 02, 2008

Washington 0, Boston 1

June 01, 2008

Pali Blues 3, Ventura County 0

Despite being three goals and 12 minutes better than the first time around, the Ventura County Fusion women's soccer team still fell to the unbeaten Pali Blues on Saturday night.
Sixty-seven minutes of Fusion resistance ended when Kara Kabellis' right-side cross found its way into Joslyn Slovek's goal. Danesha Adams and Liz Bogus followed with more conventional tallies as the Western Conference-leading Blues continued their perfect start with a 3-1 win over the visiting Fusion in front of 715 at the Stadium By The Sea.

Boston 2, Jersey Sky Blue 0

Lauren MacIver connected in the first half and Mary Therese McDonnell added a second-half score as the Boston Renegades knocked off Jersey Sky Blue 2-0 in a W-League Northeast Division contest at Drew University. With the win, the Renegades made up for a season-opening 1-0 loss to Sky Blue.
With the result, both teams left the game with a 2-1 record.