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June 19, 2013
Pali edges past Rapids Women

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Pali Blues took a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids Women on Sunday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, keeping themselves one point behind the Seattle Sounders Women at the top of the Western Conference.

The Blues were able to take advantage of a pair of set pieces to take a first-half lead, with Sasha Andrews scoring both goals. The defender headed home a corner kick in the 13th minute to give her side the lead, and then finished at the back post off a deliver by Sarah Killion 14 minutes later.

The Rapids had their fair share of scoring chances, and earned a chance to get back into the game in the 82nd minute from the penalty spot. Erin Gunther failed to convert, however, and while Chloe Roberts pulled a goal back with two minutes to go, the Rapids’ comeback came up short.

The Blues remain a point behind Seattle at the top of the Western Conference after the Sounders Women also took victory on Sunday against the Colorado Rush. Janine Beckie and Jaelene Hinkle had first-half goals for the Sounders, who remain undefeated.

OTTAWA, Ontario--- The Laval Comets recorded a surprise victory against defending W-League champions the Ottawa Fury at the Algonquin College Soccer Complex. Catherine Charron-Delage scored the only goal as the Comets joined the Central Conference playoff picture with the win.

The Fury entered their home opener undefeated, but Laval was disciplined in defense and gave Ottawa little time and space in the attacking end. Charron-Delage gave the Comets the lead in the 17th minute, capitalizing on a mistake by Liz Milne that allowed her in on goal, and the forward slid a finish low past Jasmine Phillips.

Laval continued to play brightly in the second half, Nkemjika Ezurike having a chance to double her side’s lead as she broke in one-on-one with Phillips, only to shoot wide. Ottawa also came close to finding an equalizer, Tessa Gavilsky sending a header over the crossbar, but the Comets were able to hold on and move even with the Fury on points.

ETOBICOKE, Onatrio--- The Toronto Lady Lynx extended their shutout streak to six consecutive games as goals by Nicole Waters and Taylor MacIver led them to victory against K-W United at Centennial Park Stadium.

Waters gave the Lynx the lead in the 13th minute as the hosts controlled much of the action. United was only able to record one shot on goal as Stephanie Bukovec recorded a shutout, and MacIver added a second goal with 16 minutes to go to put the game away.

ATLANTA SILVERBACKS 3, VSI TAMPA BAY FC 2:PLANT CITY, Fla.--- The Atlanta Silverbacks took victory in a rain-shortened contest against VSI Tampa Bay FC as Savannah Jordan scored a pair of goals to keep the Silverbacks in contention in the Southeast Conference.

Jordan struck twice in the opening 10 minutes, giving the Silverbacks the lead in the fifth minute before running onto a pass from Kristin Burton three minutes later for a 2-0 lead. Tampa Bay pulled a goal back in the 24th minute as South Florida’s Sharla Passariello found the back of the net, and then got back on level terms through Stacy Bishon, who converted from the penalty spot after a handball in the Silverbacks’ penalty area.

Atlanta regained the lead two minutes before halftime as Cherie Sayon was on hand to finish off a free kick, and the goal proved crucial as a thunderstorm during halftime caused a long delay that eventually resulted in the game being called.

VIRGINIA BEACH PIRANHAS 3, NEW YORK MAGIC-F.A. EURO 1:VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.--- The Virginia Beach Piranhas remained on top of the Northeastern Conference as goals by Esther Anyanwu, Nkese Udoh and Emily Kittleson led them to victory against the New York Magic – F.A. Euro at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The Piranhas took a first-half lead through Anyanwu’s third goal of the season, which came in the 15th minute. The game then exploded into life in the final 15 minutes, with Virginia Beach scoring its second through Udoh with 13 minutes to go. The Magic hit back quickly as Brittany Pfaff scored two minutes later, but the Piranhas reduced the chances of a comeback with five minutes to go as Kittleson added an insurance goal to keep her side one point ahead of both the Washington Spirit Reserves and Long Island Rough Riders.

GREENVILLE, SC--- The Carolina Elite Cobras handed the Dayton Dutch Lions their first defeat of the season, taking victory at MESA Soccer Complex to stay on top of the Southeastern Conference.

Dayton, which had rallied to take a 2-1 win against the Charlotte Eagles on Saturday to move into a tie for first with the Cobras and Atlanta, fell behind early against Carolina as Debbie Smith opened the scoring in just the eighth minute. India Trotter added a second five minutes later to give the Cobras a 2-0 halftime lead.

The second half proved quieter than the first, with both sides combining for only five shots. Carolina extended its lead with eight minutes to go as Tiffani Turpin scored her second goal of the season, and while the Dutch Lions were able to pull a goal back on Emilie Fillion’s fourth goal of the year, the comeback was never truly on.

Player of the Week
Laval forward Catherine Charron-Delage is the W-League Player of the Week after she scored the game-winning goal as the Comets defeated Ottawa 1-0 to move into second place in the Central Conference.

Charron-Delage, a member of Canada’s 2012 U-20 World Cup squad who plays for the University of Montreal, picked an opportune time to tally her first goal of the season, striking in the 17th minute as the Comets surprised the defending champions on their home turf. Laval (4-1-1) sits tied for second with Ottawa in the conference and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Charron-Delage is joined on the Team of the Week by teammate Genevieve Richard, who backstopped the shutout at Ottawa and made six saves in a 2-1 win at Quebec City for the Comets. A trio of defenders is led by Pali veteran Sasha Andrews, who scored both goals in a 2-1 win at the Colorado Rapids. She is joined by Dayton’s Elizabeth Soto, who scored in an important 2-1 win at Charlotte, and Long Island’s Sue Weber, who helped limit North Jersey to three shots on goal as the Rough Riders moved within a point of the Northeastern Conference lead.

Washington Spirit Reserves midfielder Amber Stobbs produced a strong performance against the New Jersey Wildcats, tallying a goal and two assists as Washington improved to 4-1-0. Midfielder Alyscha Mottershead helped Ottawa rebound from the Laval loss with the game-winning goal in a 3-0 defeat of London, and Seattle’s Rachel Mercik scored twice in a 3-2 victory at the Colorado Rapids that kept the Sounders Women atop the Western Conference. Rounding out the midfield is Toronto’s Nicole Waters, who scored the game-winner as Toronto stayed undefeated with a 2-0 win against K-W United.

Joining Charron-Delage at forward this week is Virginia Beach’s Esther Anyanwu, who had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win against New York, and Carolina Elite’s India Trotter, who scored the game-winner as the Cobras defeated Dayton 3-1 to stay atop the Southeastern Conference.

W-League Team of the Week
Pos Player Team Highlights
GK Genevieve Richard Laval Recorded shutout in 1-0 win at Ottawa; made 6 saves in 2-1 win at QC
D Sasha Andrews Pali Scored both goals as Blues defeated Rapids 2-1
D Elizabeth Soto Dayton Scored tying goal, led Dayton defense in 2-1 win at Charlotte
D Sue Weber Long Island Anchored LI defense that held Valkyries to 3 shots on goal
M Rachel Mercik Seattle Scored twice in 3-2 win at Rapids
M Alyscha Mottershead Ottawa Scored GWG as Ottawa defeated London 3-0
M Amber Stobbs Washington Goal, 2 assists, 5 SOG as Spirit Reserves ran over Wildcats
M Nicole Waters Toronto Scored GWG as Toronto stayed undefeated with 2-0 win vs. K-W
F Esther Anyanwu Virg. Beach Tallied goal and assist as Piranhas defeated NY 3-1
F Catherine Charron-Delage Laval Scored lone goal as Laval knocked off Ottawa 1-0
F India Trotter Carolina Scored second consecutive GWG as Cobras defeated Dayton

Honorable Mention – Atlanta - Savannah Jordan; Bay Area - Yiana Dimmitt, Leah Morales, Brandi Vega; Carolina Elite – Alexandra Ramsey; Charlotte - Macky Wingo; Colorado Rapids - Erin Gunther, Kristen Hamilton; Colorado Rush - Bethany Kanten, Morgan Kennedy; Dayton - Emilie Fillion, Brooke McCurdy; Fredericksburg - Kimmy Cummings; Laval - Nkemjika Ezurike, Amy Pietrangelo; Long Island - Kim DeCesare; Los Angeles - Kristy Moore; New York - Brittany Pfaff; Ottawa - Kori Chapic, Amanda Fancher; Santa Clarita - Ana Borges, Tara Corcoran, Diane Hare; Seattle - Janine Beckie, Erin McNulty, Shannon Woeller; Toronto - Noelle Leon-Palmer; Washington - Tiffany Brown, Meghan Cox, Morgan Reuther, Kara Wilson.

Tuesday, June 11
Colorado Rush 0, Colorado Rapids 0
LA Strikers 5, Bay Area 3

Wednesday, June 12
Laval 1, Ottawa 0

Friday, June 14
Seattle 3, Colorado Rapids 2
Santa Clarita 3, Bay Area 1
Pali 3, Colorado Rush 1

Saturday, June 15
Atlanta 3, Tampa Bay 2
Washington 8, New Jersey 1
Long Island 3, North Jersey 0
Toronto 2, K-W United 0
Ottawa 3, London 0
Virginia Beach 3, New York 1
Dayton 2, Charlotte 1

Sunday, June 16
Fredericksburg 1, New York 1
Laval 2, Quebec City 1
Carolina 3, Dayton 1
Seattle 4, Colorado Rush 0
Pali 2, Colorado Rapids 1
Bay Area 1, LA Strikers 0

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