July 16, 2012
WPSL ELITE ROUNDUP
Week in review: playoff field set, places not
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--- The tenth week of Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite League action saw a dramatic win by Western New York Flash over the Chicago Red Stars to move them into a tie with the Boston Breakers for the league lead.
Meanwhile, a last-minute goal by ASA Chesapeake Charge ended New England Mutiny’s fading hopes for a playoff berth with a 3-3 draw in Maryland. At Washington High School in Sewell, N.J., lightning routed players and fans, forcing the New York Fury and Philadelphia Fever to postpone their Sunday, July 15, match.
Wednesday, July 11
NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 3, ASA CHESAPEAKE CHARGE 3
A game-tying stoppage time goal by ASA Chesapeake Charge’s Ashley Spivey sank New England Mutiny’s playoff hopes as the two teams played to a 3-3 draw in Maryland. With the tie New York Fury the fourth and the final playoff berth.
New England opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Kate Howarth scored her eighth goal of the season for a 1-0 lead. Thirty minutes later Kacey Richards set Howarth up for her second goal of the night and Mutiny seemed on track for the win. Then five minutes later Charge’s Cheyenne Skidmore cut the lead in half off a feed from Brittany Hadaway.
Chesapeake struck again three minutes into the second half when Nicole Clark scored, with the assist going to Skidmore. Mutiny then retook the lead in the 66th minute on a goal by Tiffany Weimer for the 3-2 lead. But as time ran down Spivey picked up the rebound from a free kick and found the net for the 3-3 final score.
Thursday, July 12
WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 5, FC INDIANA 0
The Western New York Flash kept their hopes of finishing at the top of the table as they took a 5-0 victory over FC Indiana. Spanish international Adriana scored a pair in the first half and Emily Van Egmond, Jodi-Ann Robinson and Katy Frierson also found the back of the net.
Flash picked up a quick goal in the fourth minute as Adriana took a crossing pass from Omolyn Davis and hit the upper 90 of the net. Australian international Van Egmond then scored off a McCall Zerboni layoff for a 2-0 lead. Just before the half ended Adriana took advantage of a mistake by the FC Indiana defense for her second goal of the match and a 3-0 halftime score.
A third international player scored for WNY as Canada’s Jodi-Ann Robinson accepted a pass from Laura Heyboer in the 57th minute and scored her first goal of the season. Frierson closed out the scoring at the 67-minute mark for the final 5-0 tally
Saturday, July 14
WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 2, CHICAGO RED STARS 1:
A rough-and-tumble game filled with called-back goals and exciting plays resulted in a 2-1 win and a share of first place for Western New York Flash as they defeated the Chicago Red Stars. A win or tie by Chicago would have given the Red Stars the possibility of clinching the WPSL Elite, but instead they sit in second place, three points behind Flash and Boston Breakers.
The first called-back goal came after a chip shot by McCall Zerboni was headed back into the net by a Chicago defender. The own goal was called back, and a free kick was given to Flash, but they were unable to score. Then shortly before the half ended a handball was called on the Red Stars just outside the 18-yard box. Spanish international Adriana took the direct kick and sank the shot for her league-leading 13th goal of the season.
Chicago had a goal of their own called back a minute later, and the game went into the break with WNY up 1-0. Flash had another goal called back in the second half after a foul. Finally Katy Frierson scored after Adriana had forced Red Stars goalkeeper Jamie Forbes off the line. It would prove to be the winning goal when Chicago’s Lauren Alkek picked up her first goal of the season, with an assist going to Alyssa Mautz.
The win gives WNY Flash (9-1-3) 30 points and a share of the WPSL Elite lead with Boston Breakers.
BOSTON BREAKERS 2, PHILADELPHIA FEVER 0
The Boston Breakers earned a share of the WPSL Elite lead as they defeated Philadelphia Fever 2-0 in front of their seventh sellout home crowd at Dilboy Stadium. A season-high 2,541 fans came out to support the team and celebrate PUMA Project Pink Night, raising funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
The Breakers kept pressure on the Fever throughout the match, outshooting the visitors 23-1 overall, with 11 of those on frame compared to one by Philadelphia. Katie Schoepfer got Boston on the board in the 13th minute, beating Fever’s Michelle Dalton on a penalty kick. With three minutes left in the first half Courtney Jones scored after team captain Leslie Osborne received a Schoepfer corner kick and then sent the ball over to Jones who netted her second goal of the season.
With the win Boston improved their record to 10-3-0, tied with Western New York Flash (9-1-3) with 30 points. The Breakers and Flash will close out the season in a Sunday, July 22, showdown that may determine first place in the league.
Sunday, July 15
PHILADELPHIA FEVER VS. NEW YORK FURY – Postponed
The scheduled game between host Philadelphia Fever and the visiting New York Fury was postponed when a heavy storm with severe lightning moved into the area.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Chicago Red Stars at New England Mutiny
FC Indiana at New York Fury
Saturday, July 21, 2012
FC Indiana at New England Mutiny
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Philadelphia Fever at ASA Chesapeake Charge
Boston Breakers at Western New York Flash
Chicago Red Stars at New York Fury