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Maryland Capitols Fall to Syracuse Lady Knights in First-Ever Playoff Match

The Maryland Capitols lost their first-ever playoff match, 2-0, to the Syracuse Lady Knights, on a hot and humid afternoon at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

Despite being seeded third in the Northeast Atlantic Conference playoffs to Syracuse’s sixth, Maryland seldom looked to be the superior team. It was only another superb performance from goalkeeper Hanit Schwarz that kept this game close as the Lady Knights seemed to be able to breach the Capitols’ back line almost at will.
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MWSJA Players of the Week – Week 9

First off, congratulations to the Maryland Capitols for earning a home playoff game as the #3 seed in the Northeast Atlantic Conference of the WPSL. That will take place this Sunday at 3 pm at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center as they take on the #6 seed Syracuse Lady Knights.

Also kudos to the DC United Women, who earned the #1 seed in the W-League’s Eastern Conference and the right to host the conference playoffs. Those will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, with the #2 team playing #3 Saturday at 3:30, and DC playing the #4 seed – which will be either the Fredericksburg Impact or the Virginia Beach Piranhas – at 6. Then the final is Sunday at 4 pm. All games will take place at the Maryland Soccerplex Stadium.

But on to the Players of the Week.
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Maryland Capitols Win Marathon Match to End Regular Season, Now Look Toward Playoffs

Team captain Anabel Jimenez takes a shot in the first half

The final match of the Maryland Capitols’ inaugural season was plagued with delays, but the home team nevertheless managed to come away with a 2-0 win over the visiting Penn Legacy Inferno, thanks to a considerable extent to a sterling performance in goal by Hanit Schwarz.

The result assured the Capitols of at least a #3 seed in the upcoming Northeast Atlantic Conference playoffs, giving them a first-round match at home.
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MWSJA Players of the Week – Week 8

First off, the Maryland Women’s Soccer Journalists Association would like to extend their congratulations to the Maryland Capitols and the DC United Women, each of whom clinched a division title and a spot in the playoffs this past weekend.

We’d also like to extend our admiration to the Chesapeake Charge, who against vastly tougher competition than either of those teams face were eliminated from the playoffs this past week. However, they’ve continued to play classy, competitive soccer, and their games have been a joy to watch. As Ray Curren puts it, “[Head coach] Oni and the Charge have drawn my admiration both times I’ve seen them this season in the way they’ve approached the game. There were no ‘bunkers’, no ‘hitting and hoping’, no wasting time from the opening kickoff against semi-professional opposition last Thursday. I looked up on a couple of occasions to see the ball in the Charge end and three forwards still sitting toward midfield as Chesapeake stuck to their gameplan.” (See http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=9653 for Ray’s complete writeup.)

But on to the Players of the Week:
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In Inaugural Season, Maryland Capitols Claim Division Crown, Look For More

With a win and a little bit of help over the weekend, the Maryland Capitols clinched first place in the South Division of the WPSL’s 16-team Northeast Atlantic Conference. Currently, they are in second place in the conference, which has a six-team playoff, but the final position is still very much up in the air.
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MWSJA Maryland Club Players of the Week

Maryland Club Player of the Week Didi Haracic takes a goal kick during Saturday's warmup

The Maryland Women’s Soccer Journalists Association* is pleased to announce its first-ever selections for Maryland Club Players of the Week.** We considered selecting an entire starting lineup, but that seemed a bit overdone. On the other hand, selecting just one player seemed inadequate, not to mention that it doesn’t give us much to write about. So we split the difference and picked one player in each category of position from the three top-level club teams based in Maryland. (If you haven’t been paying attention, that’s the ASA Chesapeake Charge, the DC United Women, and the Maryland Capitols.) And here they are:

Goalkeeper of the Week: Didi Haracic, DC United Women. A sophomore at Loyola, Haracic in her coach’s word had a “phenomenal” performance against the Boston Breakers Saturday night, stopping numerous shots and keeping the game within reach for her team throughout.

Defender of the Week: Remi Kriz, Maryland Capitols. Kriz, a Maryland senior, was the core of a defense that turned away numerous Chesapeake Charge chances and was the most active player on a strong back line.

Midfielder of the Week: Christine Nairn, ASA Chesapeake Charge. Despite having joined the team only a few days earlier, the Penn State junior was consistently the most dangerous attacking player for the Charge in their match against Boston. Meanwhile, a special honorable mention goes to Joanna Lohman of the DC United Women, who was a major force for her team despite having been on a different continent 48 hours prior to the match and having no opportunity to practice with her teammates before the game.

Forward of the Week: Alexis Prior-Brown, ASA Chesapeake Charge. Prior-Brown, a Mercy High School senior (!), gets the nod this week as the only player on any of the three teams who managed to score a goal during one of these early-season games.

Player of the Week: Didi Haracic. Not just the “best player on the field” Saturday night, as Joanna Lohman described her, but the best Maryland player in all three matches.

*Currently Jennifer Gordon of The Equalizer and me, but we’re still recruiting.
**Actually slightly more than a week. So sue us.