The Chicago Red Stars will face the Orange County Wave in the 2011 WPSL Championship Game today at 1 PM CT.
The Red Stars hadn’t played in two weeks, were missing regular starters Elise Weber (wedding) and Vanessa DiBernardo (U-23 camp), but still managed to claim a 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Hellenic. Michele Weissenhofer and Julie Ewing scored for Chicago before Tampa Bay’s Tatiana Mathelier cut down the deficit down to one goal. Chicago held on though and advance to today’s final in their inaugural season in the WPSL.
In the other semifinal, the Waves blanked defending champions Boston Aztec Breakers Reserve 3-0. Former Sky Blue FC player Meagen Snell bagged a brace and Katrin Omarsdottir added another tally. Kiki Bosio contributed two assists. Waves coach Abner Rogers changed his formation to a more attack-minded 4-3-3 and it paid dividends.
Red Stars coach Rory Dames is aware of the threat the Waves’ system poses. He said, “We’re going to need to show up and play better than we did [on Saturday]. They’ll get the ball down, they’ll play some sort of three-front [formation], they’ll try to find seams and try to do a lot of service into the box. We’re just going to have to be intelligent enough to play where we have the numerical advantages and break them down.”
You can view the match via webcast at www.ChicagoRedStars.com and www.WPSL.info.
The Ottawa Fury will look to capture a perfect season with a win against the Atlanta Silverbacks in tonight’s league final. The Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders will also face off in the consolation match.
A sold out crowd of 5,065 people were on hand in Piscataway to watch the WNY Flash defeat Sky Blue FC 3-1.
In the 22nd minute Therese Sjogran recorded her team-leading sixth assist of the season as she fed Adriana a pass that led to the game’s first goal of the night.
Just seven minutes later the Flash equalized as McCall Zerboni drove a hard shot past Sky Blue goalkeeper Jenni Branam. SBFC’s official match report perhaps said it best as Zerboni’s goal “triggered an offensive explosion”. The Flash netted two more times before the halftime whistle as Marta and Christine Sinclair both got on the scoreboard.
In the closing minutes of the second half Alex Morgan guaranteed victory for the Flash as she chipped Branam for the goal. It was her fourth goal in five matches, World Cup games included.
Before the match Jenni Branam announced that she plans to retire at the conclusion of the season.
In Saturday’s other match, magicJack got back to their winning ways with an emphatic 4-0 win against the Boston Breakers. Christen Press tallied a hat-trick while player-coach Abby Wambach opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the season. Press must have been reading all the reactionary “Alex Morgan for RotY” talk because she’s now the clear frontrunner for the honor.
According to the press report, the Breakers registered just one shot all game.
magicJack are back in a playoff spot as they’re now tied on points with Sky Blue. Boston has three matches left to sneak back into the playoff race.
Hope Solo was not in attendance at the match because of…NASCAR? Solo will be behind the wheel of the pace car at today’s 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
And to take one last glance at the top of the league standings, the Flash are now level on points with the first place Philadelphia Independence. Philadelphia can extend their lead once more with a win against Atlanta tonight.
Speaking of Atlanta, it’s always been hard to take the Beat seriously (Lori Chalupny, this is not aimed at you), especially since coach James Galanis admitted the team never thought they’d make the playoffs. But these quotes from him are truly LOL-worthy.
Paul Riley better expect to play 1970 Brazil at Widener University tonight.