The Buffalo Flash defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 3-1 to advance to the W-League Championship. W-League regular season goal leader Kelly Parker and USL assist leader Veronica Bouquete had big games. Jenny Hammond opened scoring in the 23′. Atlanta then equalized and scored from a free kick thanks to some confusion on the part of the Buffalo defenders. Buffalo redeemed themselves, however, as they Bouqete found Parker for a goal. The dynamic duo appeared yet again in the 81′ as Parker scored to send Buffalo through.
The Vancouver Whitecaps defeated regular season champs Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues by the same 3-1 score line. Although the Caps were without a few star players, they still managed to earn a berth in the Championship. Kaylyn Kyle opened the scoring early as she converted a free kick and put the Caps up 1-0. Then in the 13′, Kyle again put a dangerous ball in the box and Martino Franko headed it in for 2-0. Contentious play defined the second half but the Caps were unstoppable as Julie Armstrong sent a shot off the crossbar. Melanie Booth got the rebound and scored to make it 3-0. In the 85′, Quickstrike got one back from Gabriela Demoaner. But by then, it was merely a consolation prize.
Highlights – merci, Charles.
And interviews after the match:
The Buffalo Flash and the Vancouver Whitecaps will meet tonight in the 2010 W-League Championship Game. It will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel.
The WPSL National Semifinals kick off today. The Milwaukee Nationals face the Boston Aztec in the first semifinal. The Aztec could feature several Boston Breakers players. And in the other semifinal, the Oklahoma Alliance will meet Ajax America.
The winners of each will play in the 2010 WPSL National Championship on Sunday. Expect coverage from the event tomorrow here on All White Kit.
UEFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying
Northern Ireland defeated Estonia 3-0 midweek with help from Helen McKenna’s brace. Northern Ireland could now finish third in Group 1 behind France and Iceland.
England will now likely finish at the top of Group 5 after defeating Turkey 3-0 in Walsall. Rachel Yankey – who was playing in her 100th game for England - scored the opening goal. Ellen White and Jess Clarke then sealed the deal in the second half. They are now tied on points with Spain but still have a game left to play in Austria. A mere draw will see them through to the playoffs.
Boston and Washington meet today at 6pm ET. This bullish Boston team has beaten the Freedom more than any other opponent this season. If Boston win, the Breakers could finish out the month with five wins and just one loss.
The Atlanta Beat host FCGP. These two teams are the hottest in WPS (weird, right?). FCGP humiliated Atlanta 4-0 last time these two met but this is not the same Atlanta team. With a draw and a Washington and Chicago loss, Atlanta will be tied in “last place” with both teams.
Finally Sky Blue FC and the Chicago Red Stars face off in their final regular season meeting. Jenni Branam is back in goal for SBFC which should add some relief. Essentially both these teams need a win to put their regular season campaigns back on track. SBFC haven’t won in like forever (nearly a month) and CRS are riding a three game losing streak.