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June 25, 2008

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.

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